Music at St Egwin’s is about so much more than just playing keyboard or singing ‘Gold’ in Friday afternoon assemblies!

Through their time at St Egwin’s students have the chance to learn a wide range of musical styles and instruments in their class lessons as well as opportunities to learn an instrument or take part in a music group outside of school time!

- To instil a curiosity and appreciation of different types of music
- To provide opportunities to develop the musical potential of all
- To allow students to gain an understanding through performing, composing and listening to music from across a range of genres and styles
- To teach a range of musical vocabulary and notation forms
- To allow students a safe space to collaborate, compose and perform
- To use music to teach a better understanding of different cultures and communities
- To provide students with a chance to grow their learning outside of the taught curriculum

- One hour of dedicated classroom Music subject time per week for all students
- Sequential skills development, building on prior learning and preparing students for future challenges in Key Stage 3 and 4
- A wide range of free and available co-curricular groups available to all and covering a range of interests and skills
- A wide range of instrument lessons available for students preparing them regularly for grade exams and ensemble performance
- Varied performance and concert opportunities for all students to perform the music they learn at the level they learn it at
- Listening and appraising linked to key works from a range of musical, geographic and historical contexts
- Composition for a range of events and requirements
- Access to music technology using age appropriate music software
- Reflective practice and regular student voice questionnaires to ensure the intent suits the interests and needs of students

- Measured through regular performance, composition and listening assessments for each area of project-based learning
- Teacher assessed judgements of in class performances and compositions
- Performance within recordings, concerts and events
- Pupil discussions and interviewing pupils about their learning
- Tracking of standards against curriculum requirements
- Monitoring and moderation of work by other local middle schools

What pupils are learning about in Music.
 Year 6Year 7Year 8
Autumn 1Building bricks of Music- Learning about the Elements of Music through a range of styles and instruments.The Blues- Why were the Blues so important? A look at their roots and how to improvise using the Blues scale.Leitmotifs- A look at Film music and how composers write music to describe a character’s mood or identity.
Autumn 2The Orchestra- What is an orchestra and why is it important? Understanding sections and performing melodies.Ukulele- Performance of a range of popular songs on ukulele working on individual and group performances.Reggae & riffs- Who was Bob Marley? A look at the history of Reggae and group performances using a range of instruments.
Spring 1West African Music- Looking at Ghanaian drumming and chanting traditions through performance and composition.Fanfares- What is a fanfare and why use brass instruments? Appraisal of a range of fanfares and composition of a fanfare for an event.Computer Game Music- How do composers write music for a computer game? Using Music technology software to mix a game soundtrack.
Spring 2Ragtime & Jazz- Learning about key musicians and features as well as improvising on a range of instruments.Theme & Variation- A focus on Edward Elgar’s Nimrod variations and a look at how structures composers use.Popular song- A chance to work on instrumental technique and produce band covers of popular songs.
Summer 1Music of the Far East- Looking at traditional Chinese and Gamelan music with a focus on composing within a set style.Garage Band- A look a Music technology and how to record, mix and edit a track using Garage Band software.Indian music- What is traditional Indian music and which instruments do they use? Understanding and performing music from India.
Summer 2Samba- Listening and appraising Brazilian Samba music and performing using authentic instruments.Junk Percussion- STOMP! Inspired percussion performances using a range of everyday items.Songwiritng- A ‘musical futures’ inspired look at developing popular instrumental skills and band work.

Outside of classroom lessons students have a chance to perform in one of our fantastic practice rooms each set out with top-level equipment to make their instrument learning as pleasant as possible. Here is a list of the St Egwin’s instrumental team:

Mr. P Stones- Head of Expressive Arts 
Mr. G Bennett- Head of Guitar
Mr. P Guest- Head of Drums
Mr. A Chester- Head of Popular Strings (Bass & Ukulele)
Mrs. S Edwards- Head of Piano
Mrs. C Hodgetts- Head of Woodwind
Mrs. H Davies- Head of Classical Strings

For more information on starting lessons please contact Mr Stones at:
[email protected]


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