Curriculum Leader: Mr J. Hunt

We provide opportunities for all students to learn, develop and combine skills in performance and composition through both curricular lessons and extra-curricular opportunities.

Students are encouraged in lessons to listen widely and experiment creatively with musical ideas, performing to a high standard in every lesson. Each 10 week topic at Key Stage 3 culminates in an official assessment.

The Music Department is proud to support and extend the emerging skills and talents of our students through a broad extra-curricular programme and provision of peripatetic instrumental lessons. Please contact Mr Hunt directly at if you would like to enquire about individual musical instrument lessons in school.

The Department fosters a sense of community cohesion through school concerts, extra-curricular activities and events with the wider community. The Department is also the proud home of the Fulford Music Academy which provides after hours music tuition for the entire York community.


The KS3 Music Curriculum at Fulford School

Every year group studies 2 different topics on the Department’s JamPod equipment. Students are taught to use this technology to work on ensemble projects where every student is able to learn and develop skills on electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, keyboard and vocals…all in a relevant rock band setting! Students are also introduced to the technical skills needed to manipulate and record their work.

Year 7

In addition to the JamPod topics, Year 7 also complete a notated composition topic based on Carnival of the Animals. They work on writing rhythm and pitch notation whilst developing their keyboard skills. Students also work on an African Drumming topic, working in groups to create polyrhythmic pieces centred around the skills of pulse, metre, improvisation and structure.

Year 8

The additional topics in Year 8 begin with Japanese Taiko Drumming which introduces them to fundamental musical concepts through focus, movement and sound. Students are also introduced to Samba and work in small groups to create authentic rhythmical textures using set rhythms and interlocking patterns of their own invention!

GCSE Music


To develop 3 areas of musical skills and knowledge.

  • Composing
  • Performing
  • Listening with understanding

Type of Work

Composition can be for all types of instruments (including drums, keyboards, guitar, etc.) and voices. You will learn how to create a musical score and recording using Sibelius software. The ‘JamPods’ will also be used to generate and record live composition ideas in lessons, as well as during composition workshops held during a weekly lunchtime slot. One composition will be to a set brief, the other is an entirely free composition.

Performance: you will perform two pieces on instrument or voice. Once again, any instrument may be used, including the guitar, keyboard or drums. You should aim for a standard of Grade 4 or 5 (Associated Board/Trinity Guildhall/Rock School) where possible, though this is not a requirement to study the subject at GCSE level.

Preparation for the Listening paper will involve learning about, and responding to, a wide variety of styles of music. There are 8 set pieces of music that you will study, ranging from classical to popular and world music and organised into 4 Areas of Study.


  1. Composition: 2 pieces, each approximately 2 minutes in length.
  2. Performance: One solo piece and one ensemble performance.
  3. Listening: Based around 4 Areas of Study.


  1. Written Paper (Listening) 40%
  2. Composition 30%
  3. Performance 30%