Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre


Music at Hellesdon High School gives students an opportunity to experience and explore a variety of instruments, musical genres and musical concepts within a practical and engaging environment.

Music  - Education and experience

Music technology is also integral to our curriculum and is taught alongside practical topics across all key stages.

There are two music teachers in the department and 5 peripatetic staff. Instrumental lessons offered are bass guitar, drums, guitar, piano, strings and vocals.

Curriculum music lessons consist of practical, technology and theoretical sessions. As well as a large practical space the main teaching classroom can accommodate a class of students with an iMac or Macbook when teaching music technology (subject to completion). Students will also get the opportunity to use the 5 practice rooms in and outside of lesson time.

Across all Key Stages students will learn how to perform, compose and produce music.

  • Performing – Performing on a chosen instrument or voice.
  • Composing – Creating original pieces and understanding theory behind this.
  • Producing – Using music technology in the creation of musical pieces.

In Key Stage 3 assessment take place in the form of key vocabulary tests, compositions and performances. These three years provide a solid foundation of knowledge and skills on which to begin the Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice.


Key Stages

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Art & Design

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.

Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles (30% - Internally assessed assignments)


Students will:

• Explore different styles and genres of music.

• Take part in practical workshops to understand stylistic features and characteristics.
• Learn about the different products the music industry.
• Develop techniques in realising musical products.


Component 2: Music Skills development (30% - Internally assessed assignments)


Students will:
• Reflect on their progress, and on areas for improvement.
• Choose a job role and explore the skills needed to fulfil it.
• Develop a range of skills.
• Apply skills and techniques in a music performance, creation or production.

Component 3 Responding to a Commercial Music Brief (40% - Externally assessed task)


Students will:
• Choose an area of the industry that excites them (composer, performer, or producer).

• Explore the brief and come up with possible responses and ideas.

• Use relevant resources, skills and techniques to develop and refine musical material.

• Present their final response (solo or in a group).

• Review and reflect their approach to the brief and their final outcome.