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All students at Banovallum School are actively encouraged to participate creatively and collaboratively within a well-structured diverse curriculum, which all students to encourage new interests and enjoyment through creatively in music.

Music is used as a platform within the Creative Arts and Technology Faculty to develop confidence within our students and develop independent musicianship in performance, composition, listening evaluating and music technology.

The department provides all students with the opportunity to learn an instrument to enhance the development of musical skills and understanding through classroom and peripatetic teaching up to BTEC level or through Trinity/ABRSM Graded exams.  Instrumental learning is supplemented through a variety of extra-curricular clubs during the week and students are regularly invited to be part of performance opportunities outside of school.

All students study Music in Years 7 and 8 and then have the option of choosing either BTEC Music or BTEC Music Technology. 

Instrumental lessons and extra-curricular clubs

All students are invited and encouraged to participate in learning an instrument through lessons and extra-curricular clubs.  All instrumental lessons are 15 minutes long and provided by specialist teachers from Lincolnshire Music Service each week. 


Instruments taught

Days taught

Mr Chambers


French horn



Tenor horn



Mr Squires

Drum kit


Mrs Foster







Mrs Dalgliesh


Double bass





Mr Pitts

Acoustic guitar

Bass guitar

Electric guitar


All students are also invited to attend extra-curricular clubs which are on offer during lunchtimes each week, timetable below. 











BTEC catch up sessions (lead by Mrs Smith)


Practice rooms open to all years


Sign Language Choir

(lead by Mr Merrikin)


Practice rooms open to all years

KS3 Choir

(lead by Mrs Smith)


KS3 Rock Band

(lead by Mr Pitts)


Bano Jazz Band

(lead by Mrs Smith)

Practice rooms open to all years


If you would like further information on instrumental lessons or extra-curricular clubs, please contact Mrs Smith.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

All students will sit a baseline assessment test which will indicate any previous musical ability and knowledge so appropriate and achievable targets can be set.

  • Topic 1: Whole class mash up, learning trumpet and trombone.  This topic explores
  • Topic 2: Writing songs through the use of music technology.
  • Topic 3: Voiceworks
  • Topic 4: Rap Transition songs
  • Topic 5: Musicals
  • Topic 6: London Underground project

Year 8

  • Topic 1: Sound and Space
  • Topic 2: Reggae Music
  • Topic 3: Popular Music
  • Topic 4: Rock ‘n’ Roll





Year 9

In Year 9 students are encouraged to take part in a BTEC style curriculum which supports them in preparation for starting the BTEC course.  The course allows students to actively engage with music performance, composition and music technology to gain an insight into their later career choices.

Year 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 students are able to study Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music.  This enables students to participate in 5 teaching hours per fortnight.

Unit 1: The Music Industry

A written exam (1 hour) exam testing knowledge learnt about a range of different musical styles, genres and traditions based around the two BTEC Unit 1 Learning Aims.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Production

A coursework unit which is assessed through the planning, preparation, setup, delivery and evaluation of the Year 11 Gig.

Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound

A coursework unit which will be assessed through developing knowledge and understanding of PA Systems.  Students will demonstrate and understanding through written assignments and videoed setup tutorials.

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition

A coursework unit which will be assessed through the submission of 1 composition which has been developed from exploring different criteria in the Unit 4 Learning Aims.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

A coursework unit which will be assessed through 2 performances.  1 solo performance using the students first study instrument and 1 as part of an ensemble.

Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording

Students will learn to use the studio to record a multi-track recording and learn about different techniques to help you make professional judgements when using the studio.


Examination Support 

Accordion content

Useful Websites 

Useful websites


BBC Music -

BTEC Qualifications -

Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Kids-

Lincoln Music and Drama Festival -

Lincolnshire Music Service -

Music Theory -

Naxos Music Library -

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Kids-

Trinity - ​​​​​​​