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All students at Banovallum School are actively encouraged to participate creatively and collaboratively within a well-structured a diverse curriculum, which allow all students to encourage new interests and enjoyment through creativity 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 TRINTY/ABRSM Graded Exams. 

All students study Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 and then they have the option of choosing either BTEC Music or BTEC Music Technology.

Key Stage 3 

At Key Stage 3 students follow detailed topic based schemes of work which are written in compliance with the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Pupils will receive 2 hours of Music per fortnight. The KS3 programme prepares students to pursue music at BTEC Level.

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: Body Rhythms Project (Exploring Pulse, Rhythm and Metre)
  • Topic 2: Interactive Elements Exploration (Understanding and using the Elements of Music)
  • Topic 3: Carnival of the Animals (Exploring Melodic Writing through motif and exploring scales and modes)
  • Topic 4: Voiceworks/Theory Development (Developing chords structures through use of Ukuleles and Keyboard. This unit will develop the students' musical notation knowledge and understanding.)
  • Topic 5:  Transition Rap (Lyric Writing, Ensemble Performance and Beat Matching)
  • Topic 6: Medieval/Folk Music (Exploring Musical development and context)

Year 8

  • Topic 1: Music Technology in Practice (Exploring sound manipulation and recording)
  • Topic 2: African Cycles (Exploring musical cycles, polyrhythms and  improvisation)
  • Topic 3: Singing the Blues (Exploring Blues Music in context, 12 bar blues, improvisation, blues scales and scat singing).
  • Topic 4: Ground Bass (Exploring Baroque Music in context, ground bass, theme and variation, ornamentation, sequencing and arranging.)
  • Topic 5: Reggae (Exploring Reggae music, syncopation, chords, and working as an ensemble.)
  • Topic 6: Taiko (Exploring Japenese taiko music, musical cycles, performance technique, ensemble skills and performance directions.)

Year 9

In Year 9 students are encouraged to take part in a BTEC style curriculum which supports them in their option choices later in the year. The course is run through topics which relate to exam style units found on the BTEC specification. The course allows students to activitly engage with music performance, composition and music technology to gain an insight into their later career choices.

  • Topic 1: The Art Exhibition (Writing tradition music to a given composition brief.) (BTEC Unit 4)
  • Topic 2: Back to the 80s (Using technology to sequence and produce a piece of 80s synth pop.) (BTEC Unit 7)
  • Topic 3: Samba Drumming (Exploring cultural diversities in South American Music.) (BTEC Unit 5)
  • Topic 4: Musical Theatre (Exploring writing songs to fit a given brief.) (BTEC Unit 4)
  • Topic 5: Radio Broadcasts (Exploring production of radio shows and manipulation of sound and jingles. (BTEC Unit 6)
  • Topic 6: Cover Songs (Exploring musical ensembles and performance.) (BTEC Unit 5)

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 and 11

In years 10 and 11 students are able to study Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award in Music. Students can select BTEC Music at the end of Year 9 to pursue as a course until the end of Year 11. This selected optional subject receives 5 teaching hours per fortnight.

Unit 1: The Music Industry

Written Exam (1hr) test 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 Product

Will be assessed through the planning, preparation, setup, delivery and evaluation of the Year 11 Gig.

Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound

Will be assessed through developing your knowledge and understanding of PA systems and live sound systems. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding through written assignments and videoed setup tutorials.

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition

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

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

Student 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 

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Useful Websites 

ABSRM Website -

BBC Music -

BTEC Qualifications  -

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids -

Lincoln Music and Drama Festival  - 

Lincolnshire Music Service -

Music Theory Website -

Naxos Music Library -

Sing Up -

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Kids -

Trinity Website -