Curriculum Leader: Miss H. Durham

The Music Department provides opportunities for all students to develop their performing, composing and listening skills. Students are encouraged to develop their confidence, independence and teamwork while exploring instruments such as the ukulele, keyboard and African drumming through a range of musical genres.

Students are encouraged to listen widely and experiment creatively with musical ideas, performing to a high standard in every lesson.

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. We offer the following instrumental lessons in school:

  • Strings
  • Classical guitar
  • Electric/acoustic guitar
  • Singing
  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Theory/composition

Please contact Miss Durham directly by emailing if you would like to enquire about individual musical instrument lessons in school, or students can collect a letter from the Music Department in school, giving further details.

The Music Department fosters a sense of community cohesion through school concerts, extra-curricular activities and events with the wider community.

Please see below for the current extra-curricular opportunities in the Music Department. In addition, the department is involved in the annual school production alongside the Drama Department.

Day/Time/Place Activity Year Groups
Monday lunch, 1.30-2pm, B4 Keyboard Club Open to all
Tuesday lunch, 1.30-2pm, B3 Jazz Band Open to all
Wednesday lunch, 1.35-2.05pm, B4 Choir Open to all
Wednesday after school, 4-5pm, B4 SYMAT Orchestra Open to all Fulford students, and Y5+6 students from South York MAT primary schools
Thursday after school, 3.30-4.30pm, B1 GCSE Support Y10+Y11

Throughout Year 7 and 8 students develop their performing, composing and listening skills through a range of musical genres. Students have the opportunity to work independently, in groups and as pairs, with the opportunity to explore a range of instruments. The Year 7 and 8 curriculum is designed to encourage students to develop a passion for music while preparing them for Eduqas GCSE Music should they wish to continue with their musical studies at this level.

Year 7

During Year 7 students will explore the following projects, each culminating in a half-termly assessment.

  • Find Your Voice – developing singing technique and singing as an ensemble, while also exploring beatboxing and body percussion.
  • African Drumming Skills – developing ensemble skills, rhythm reading and rhythmic composition using djembe drums.
  • Keyboard Skills – developing note reading skills, culminating in a performance of a piece of music on the keyboard.
  • Written in the Stars – exploring rap, lyric writing, and developing ensemble performance skills.
  • Ukulele Skills – introduction to ukulele chords, developing tablature reading and ensemble skills.
  • Carnival of the Animals – students combine the skills they have gained throughout the year to compose a theme for a chosen animal, learning how to notate their music.

Year 8

During Year 8 students will explore the following projects, each culminating in a half-termly assessment:

  • Blues – further developing note reading skills and ensemble skills linked to the style of Blues, exploring the historical context of this genre.
  • Fusion Music – exploring how styles of music from around the world have been combined to create new genres.
  • Film Music – developing composition skills. Students will explore how to create a piece of music to fit with a given film clip, exploring the techniques used by film and video game composers.
  • Theme and Variations – students will explore how to vary a given theme, developing composition techniques on their chosen instrument.
  • Reggae – developing ensemble skills through a Reggae performance, exploring the historical context of this style.
  • Battle of the Bands – students compete within Year 8 classes to make it to the final round. Students apply the skills they have learned across Years 7 and 8 to develop an ensemble performance on their chosen instruments.

Eduqas GCSE Music (for students completing GCSE Music in or after June 2021)


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. You will build on the composition skills learned in KS3 to create music for your chosen instrument/s. You will explore how to write a detailed score using Sibelius and Noteflight software, as well as how to develop ideas practically.

Performance: you will complete two assessed performances. You can either perform two ensemble pieces, or one solo and one ensemble. You should aim to perform a piece at ABRSM/Rock School (or other exam boards) grade 3 standard or above. Pieces of grade 4 standard and above will enable you to access the higher marks more securely.

Listening: Preparation for the Listening paper will involve learning about, and responding to, a wide variety of styles of music. There are 2 set pieces of music which you will study in detail for the final exam. The remainder of the exam involves responding to unfamiliar pieces of music and applying your understanding of the elements of music.

Eduqas Syllabus and Assessment

  1. Composition (30%): 2 pieces, each at least 1.5 minutes in length.
  2. Performance (30%): One solo piece and one ensemble performance OR two ensemble pieces.
  3. Listening (40%): Based around 4 Areas of Study..

Edexcel Syllabus and Assessment (for students completing GCSE Music in June 2020)

  1. Composition (30%): 2 pieces, each at least 1.5 minutes in length.
  2. Performance (30%): One solo piece and one ensemble performance. You should aim to perform pieces of grade 4 standard and above.
  3. Listening (40%): Based around 8 set works which you will study in detail throughout Year 10 and 11.

You can find Edexcel GCSE Music revision resources on the VLE