March 16, 2011


Aims of the Music Department.

We believe that Music has something unique and valuable to offer to everyone.  We believe that it provides spiritual, moral, social and cultural benefits both to the individual and to society more generally. The Music Department exists to promote musical activity of all types in the School and in the wider community. We attempt, with each of our pupils, to build on existing musical strengths, to broaden musical experience, to develop the understanding of Music and to satisfy statutory requirements.We are committed to the principle of Equality of Opportunity irrespective of ability, ethnic origin or gender.  We seek to achieve the maximum potential from all pupils, to provide compensatory intervention for any with special educational needs and to provide enrichment for those identified as “Gifted and Talented” as part of the Excellence in Cities programme. Our aspiration is “Music for All”.

Our philosophy of Music Education is informed by our awareness of the need to develop skills and knowledge by means of logical, pre-determined processes and the essentially holistic nature of Music and the development of young people’s musical sensitivity.  We also take into account the relevance of research into the psychological and physical development of young people.

Learning and undertaking activities in music contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve; confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world. Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context. Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgments about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment.



Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Boldon School we deliver a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop their love of music and their talent as musicians, increasing their self- confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Exploring the areas of Performance, composition and listening and appraising the students follow the following exciting and engaging curriculum plan:

Year 7Autumn IAutumn IISpring ISpring IISummer ISummer II
ProjectBaseline AssessmentKey skills in MusicPop Music1970 to the present dayKeyboard StudiesVocal MusicMusic of IndonesiaGamelanClassical Music 1700 -1800Conventions of the Orchestra


Year 8Autumn IAutumn IISpring ISpring IISummer ISummer II
TitleBluesRap MusicClub Dance MusicMusic from Around the WorldSambaFilm MusicDJ and Music Technology


Year 9Autumn IAutumn IISpring ISpring IISummer ISummer II
TitleUnderstand the conventions of being a working/performing musicianUnderstand the conventions of being a working/performing musicianUnderstand the conventions of an area of popular musicCross curricular topicRecording TechniquesUnderstand the conventions of performing: Performance topic

KS4 – Music BTEC First Award in Music

This qualification provides students with an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of the music industry. At Boldon School we explore some of the key themes in the music sector, selecting activities encompassing performance, sequencing, recording, live sound, and composition.

The qualification consists of a compulsory core of two units making up 50% of the qualification, and a choice of two (from five) optional units.

  • The core units are:


The Music Industry

Managing a Music Product


These units provide the key to underpinning applied knowledge and skills. There are tasks that look at various aspects of the music industry and how to create a finished music product (either a CD or a concert).


  • The optional units enable students to undertake a range of diverse activities, these include:

Introducing Live sound

Introducing Music Composition

Introducing Music Performance

Introducing Music Recording

Introducing Music Sequencing

Learning revolves around research tasks, composition, solo musical assignments and project work (e.g. production of music recordings, live performance, using technology in live performances), case studies (e.g. on a successful industry professional), and presentations.


Progression Opportunities

On completion of this qualification learners can progress to level 3 qualifications and employment in the music industry.

Year 11 Showcase
Dominic Rooney playing Czardas:

Dominic Rooney playing Czardas

Zoe Henson – To Make You Feel My Love by Adele:

Zoe Henson – To Make You Feel My Love by Adele.

Dominic Rooney – An original composition for Xylophone and Piano:

Dominic Rooney – An original composition for Xylophone and Piano

Nathan Bolingbroke – An original composition for guitar, bass and drums:

Nathan Bolingbroke – An original composition for guitar, bass and drums

Abigail Puttock – Whatever it is you do – An original composition:

Abigail Puttock – Whatever it is you do