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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Why is Music important?

Music has many benefits for young people. Nearly everyone enjoys music whether by listening to it, creating it or performing it. Studying music will help you develop skills that you can apply in other subjects. Some of these skills include memorisation, reasoning and creativity. Learning to play different instruments also builds skills like coordination and flexibility. By studying music from different cultures you will be able to come to understand and appreciate traditions of other societies. Also, music will allow you to express yourself in unique ways. You will also learn how to work in a team and how to critically evaluate and improve your own work. 

Key Skills Required

The KS3  music course focuses on the three key aspects of music; listening, composing and performing. Throughout the year pupils will be introduced to a number of different skills that enable them to develop as musicians. Combined with the promotion of strong literacy skills, it is hoped the course provides all pupils with the opportunity to grow and improve.


Topics Covered in KS3

Number of lessons per week: 1

Music is taught on a carousel with drama. Pupils will have 3 terms of music then 3 terms of drama.

Topics covered:

  •  The exploration of note duration and rhythms.  
  • Form and Structure- The exploration of different musical forms and structures.
  • The Music of Africa- The exploration of the culture and musical traditions of Africa
  • Variations - The exploration of using musical devices and techniques to vary music 
  • RAP - The exploration of the origins and culture of RAP music
  • Soundtracks - The exploration of how music is used in films


Pupils are set homework once a week which will take at least 40 minutes to complete.  They will also be given an optional extension task. These are all completed in the pupil booklet.

Assessment Details

Assessment happens at the end of each half-term and consists of a composition and performance of that composition. These performances are recorded. 


Revision Support



Key Tips for Success

  • Regular self-reflection of performance activities.
  • Aim to use key music vocabulary often in lessons and when discussing music at home.
  • Ensure work is kept neat and attendance at lessons is good.


How can a parent help their child succeed in this course ?

  • Supervise your child’s homework.
  • Encourage your child to discuss musical preferences using vocabulary learnt in lesson.
  • Encourage your child to listen to a variety a different music at home. Also, encourage them to attend extracurricular activities and other opportunities within the department.