St. Joseph's Catholic College


Music is delivered to all students in Years 7 – 9 and we also offer a GCSE option for Years 10-11.

The Music department aims to develop every student’s knowledge of different musical cultures, styles and eras through composition, listening and musical appreciation.  Students are encouraged to explore and develop their musical skills by following a varied programme of study. Students have the opportunity to work individually as well as in groups.


KS3 Music

All students in KS3 are provided with an AFL Booklet which not only includes worksheets and tasks, but also targets, assessment and tracking of their individual progress. Parents are encouraged to be a part of their child’s development by signing each project as it is completed.

Year 7
In Year 7 students pursue the following units of study:

    Unit 1 - Basic Theory/Graphic Notation
    Unit 2 - Keyboard skills/Christmas Time
    Unit 3 - Instruments of the Orchestra/Half Yearly Examinationt
    Unit 4 - Peter and the Wolf
    Unit 5 - Pentatonic Music and Keyboard Skills
    Unit 6 - Calypso and End of Year Test


Year 8
In Year 8 students pursue the following units of study:

    Unit 1 - Bass Clef/Keyboard Skills
    Unit 2 - Harmony/Form - Pachelbel's Canon
    Unit 3 - Pictures at an Exhibition and Half Yearly Examination
    Unit 4 - Indian Music and Keyboard Skills
    Unit 5 - Soundation/Song Writing/End of Year written and practical assessments
    Unit 6 - Reggae and War & Music


Year 9

In Year 9 student pursue the following units of study in Pop Culture:

Unit 1 - Stand by Me - Class Performance Project
Unit 2 - Song Performance/Arrangement Project
Unit 3 - Music and the Movies
Unit 4 - Music in Advertising
Unit 5 - KS3 Solo Performance/Listening Examination

Unit 6 - Song Writing



KS4 Music - GCSE Music
In KS4 the students follow the AQA syllabus and the layout of their course can be found in the GCSE Music section of the Moodle site.

For more information regarding the GCSE Music course please contact Mrs M Cooke, Head of Performing Arts This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Extra-curricular Music
The department is able to provide a number of musical activities for all students. These include: Orchestra, College A and B Choir, Boys Group, Advanced College Singers, Musical Theatre, and Brass Ensemble. Students are encouraged to come along and take part.

Musicians from the college regularly take part in concerts with students from others schools and the wider community.
We also provide a venue for instrumental tuition and students should come and see Mrs Cooke if they would like further details about this activity.


The Music Department has a busy calendar for the coming year with a number of concerts planned and we look forward to welcoming you to them. (All events are advertised on the College Website.)