Music is such a big part of many cultures. At Starbank, we introduce many different cultures and historical periods through the music composed and performed.

Many skills are gained by studying music at a young age that are invaluable to a child’s development into adulthood. Not only are social skills developed but others too:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Responsibility & Dependability
  • Collaboration & Working Effectively with Others
  • Time Management

Students use a range of instruments and top of the range computer software to both perform and compose music.

By studying music at Starbank, students are prepared for their future whether or not they join the industry.

Starbank School Favicon Programme Of Study

Why do we teach Music?

Music is a great way to boost brain activity and gain new creative skills. Most universities look fondly on students with a creative background as it shows great imagination and creativity.

Starbank School Favicon Key Stage 3 Starbank School Favicon

What would I learn in Music?

KS3 Music focuses on developing early musical skills. This includes keyboard skills, performance skills and compositional skills.

How would I learn in Music?

Students begin to study STOMP in year 7- looking at rhythms and ensemble work. Students use everyday items to compose interlinking rhythms.

Students then move onto an introduction to the orchestra and Ode to Joy by Beethoven. Students analyse music from the classical era, enhancing their musical knowledge and developing mental and motor skills (on the keyboard).

Students delve into the elements of music and how they all interlink with everyday life and music everywhere.

In Year 7’s final project of the year, students learn about music in films and how emotions can be conveyed using music.

Year 8’s begin to develop musical knowledge from different cultures. Students start off by learning about the music of the Caribbean and Jamaica- Reggae. They look at the cultural importance and the musical features of this style of music.

Students then move onto horror music and how to build suspense using minimalism and chromaticism.

Song writing is an excellent and creative unit as students get to immerse themselves into the minds of songwriters. Students learn about techniques used to create their own songs and how to record it themselves. This is the most popular unit as it gives students a chance to express themselves through the medium of music.

Starbank School Favicon Key Stage 4 Starbank School Favicon

What would I learn in Music?

KS4 Music focuses on continuing development in musical skills. This includes instrumental/ keyboard skills, performance skills and compositional skills.

How would I learn in Music?

Students learn through 4 Areas of Study.

AOS1- Forms and Devices

Students begin to develop an understanding of early baroque and classical music. They learn about different composers and the music they composed.

Students will study a set piece of work- Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik- Mozart

AOS 2- Music for Ensemble

Students cover Musical Theatre and other styles of music where ensemble work is essential including chamber music.

AOS 3- Film Music

This links very closely to the KS3 unit. However, this deepens previous knowledge from then and introduces new compositional techniques and composers.

AOS 4- Popular Music

Popular music focuses on the development of modern music from its roots and also focuses on Bhangra Music and fusion.

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:


Course Makeup:

  • Exam 40% 40%
  • Coursework 60% 60%

Exam Structure:

  • 1 appraisal paper

Staff in Department

Head of Department:

Miss Marsh

Useful Website Links:

Music – – Extra support for the fine details of music theory. An excellent revision tool for students for GCSE exams.

BBC Bitesize – – Detailed revision support for different AOS within GCSE music.

Recommended Revision Guides:

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) PE 2nd Edition

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Revision Guide


Jan Richards

Available from School Office:
The AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1

The AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1

Eric Taylor
Available from School Office:

Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Peripatetic Music Lessons during and after school

Contact Music Department

Please use the form bellow to contact the English department or alternatively please email

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