Abbs Cross Academy has a vibrant Music Department that offers countless opportunities for students to develop their musical skill and ability, both inside and outside the classroom.

During lessons, students learn how to sing, play, listen, compose and sequence music through a curriculum, delivered through a ‘hands on approach’.  Beyond the classroom, there are many ensembles, concerts and trips, which give students insight into music within life, leisure and work.

General Outcomes and Objectives of Music:

  • Musical training helps develop language and reasoning
  • Students learn to improve their work from given feedback
  • Matures the ability to increase co-ordination
  • Develops creativity, imagination and curiosity
  • Increased understanding of teamwork and betters self-confidence

We expect

  • All students need to bring in headphones as part of the Music equipment
  • All students must respect all musical instruments and equipment in the Music department
  • If using the bands room, rock and roll room, piano works room or recording studio, students must leave the rehearsal space tidy and return equipment to the instrument cupboard or classroom

KS3 students enjoy a wide curriculum, which covers a wide variety of music, allowing students to embed their practical and technology skills, using instruments, voice and composition through garage band.

Students study a variety of Music genres, as well as performing live, in front of peers.  All Music lessons allow for students’ to have musical experiences and broaden their interested and knowledge within the subject of Music.

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Learning An Instrument:

Singing and Keyboard Skills

Ensemble Performance:

Live Bands

Ensemble Performance:

Live Bands


Learning An Instrument:

Singing and Ukulele Skills

Learning An Instrument:

Singing and Keyboard Skills

Spring Ensemble Performance:

Live Bands

Music Genre:

Film Music


Theme and Variation

Music Genre:

Blues Improvisation

Music and Literacy

Song Writing ‘Protest’

Summer Rhythms of the World:


Ensemble Performance:

Live Bands

Rhythms of the World:

Africa, India, Brazil


Music and Literacy:

Song Writing

Rhythms of the World:



GCSE Music will provide a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising.

The course includes an integrated performance and composition component, practical portfolio and an examined listening examination.

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Music will provide a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising. Learners are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with Areas of Study that inspire and challenge.

This specification will enable learners to explore performance and composition with a focus on their own instrument and genre choices and offer opportunity to explore new instrumental skills.

The three components of OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Music allow an integrated approach to the teaching and learning of appraisal, performing and composing. Students will study:

  • An integrated performance and composition component with learner choice of instrument.
  • A practical portfolio that includes the board set composition task and an ensemble performance.
  • A listening and appraising examination at the end of year 11, focusing on the 5 areas of study.


  Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Practical: Solo performance, an introduction to composition and set brief compositions.

Theory: Elements of music and film music.

Practical: Solo performance recordings and set brief composition completion and scores.

Theory: Rhythms around the world.

Spring Practical: Ensemble skills and composition

Theory: Concerto through time, instruments of the orchestra and conventions of pop.

Practical: Set and free brief compositions, ensemble performance and coursework improvements.

Theory: Listening Paper exam questions and revision.

Summer Practical: Free brief composition and solo performance

Theory: Instrumental spotlight and aural dictation and revision of area of studies so far.

Theory: Listening Paper exam questions and revision.

Future careers after GCSE Music:

  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Promoter
  • Music Publisher
  • Digital Marketing


Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 100% grades 9-4.

The Music Department is open regularly over the school week, allowing students to book the space for rehearsals and studying at lunchtime and after school.  The Music Department offer a variety of clubs and rehearsals:

  • AX Young Voices:This vocal company has performed at the O2 and multiple internal events.  Young Voices rehearse once a week, at lunchtime, learning lyrics to current chart songs, in the music department.
  • Instrument Rehearsal:KS3 students are invited to book and use a practise room, during selected lunchtimes, choosing an instrument of their choice, as a small group or an individual, enhancing their musical ability and confidence, whilst enjoying being within the music department.
  • Live Bands Club:This afternoon rehearsal slot, gives students - across all year groups - an opportunity to prepare for internal and external performances.

Google classroom: This is a fantastic tool, utilised weekly by the Performing Arts faculty.  The online application allows for paperless communication, between staff and students and for staff to streamline curriculum, classwork, examinations and homework.