The Music department at Garforth Academy strive to bring out the very best in all of our students. We aim to inspire creativity, teamwork, confidence and expression through performance and practical music making.

In lesson times in Years 7 and 8, students will enjoy a range of experiences, building key skills such as problem solving, team work and leadership. We aim to develop core musicianship with an emphasis on learning through practical work in a safe and structured environment.

In Years 9 students can opt for GCSE Music.  In addition to focusing on examination results the department also concentrates on the importance of developing a love of music and a creative approach to music making.

There are a diverse range of extra-curricular activities such as ensembles, choirs, concert bands, concerts, and clubs. We strive to ensure all of these performances are of the highest standard but also make sure every student that wants to be involved feels valued and welcome.


Year 7 Course Content

In Year 7 we introduce students to a range of musical experiences.  In term 1 we cover the basics of Rhythm and Ensemble skills.  In Term 2 we cover Notation and Extended Ensemble skills and in Term 3 we study Singing and World Music.


Year 8 Course Content

In Year 8 we extend the knowledge and skills gained in Year 7 by studying Improvisation and Blues, plus contemporary music in Term 1.  In Term 2 we study World Music and Samba. In Term 3 we conclude with performance skills.



KS4 Music     


Qualification achievable


GCSE equivalence


Core or Option

Option Subject

Head of Department

Miss L Smith


What will I study & how is the course organised?

Students who opt to follow the course should be interested in a wide variety of music.  This course is only suitable for students who can play an instrument or sing to a reasonable standard.  This is a practical based course and students should have the confidence to both produce and perform.  It is vital that students are willing to perform in front of others as this is an important component of the course.  Due to the nature of the course, students must also be willing to commit to instrumental/vocal tuition outside of class time.


How is the course assessed?

         ·            40% performance and listening exam

         ·            60% performance and composition coursework


Where might it lead?

The course will allow students to pursue any career paths, but is highly relevant to anyone looking for a career in the music industry or just for those who enjoy music.  This course gives you experience that can be useful in performing, composing and appraising music.

Students should seek guidance from their classroom music teacher and/or from the Head of Music before choosing this course.