Statement of Intent

The LDA music curriculum intends to inspire all pupils to appreciate the power and purpose of music acquiring the musical skills and knowledge to communicate with others through musical means.

Curriculum Aims

The Music curriculum at Lord Derby Academy builds on the National Curriculum.  At LDA, we believe that learning about a wide range of music provides a social, cultural and educational experience for our pupils.  Pupils will explore a variety of styles and genres whilst developing understanding through listening, appraisal, composition, theory and performance.

We encourage pupils to express their ideas and thoughts through performance on a range of instruments as well as by using their voices and music technology.  The curriculum is designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Curriculum Pathway

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Curriculum Model 2022 – 2023

In KS3 pupils will experience one lesson of Music per week.  At KS4 pupils are able to opt for Music GCSE.


Year 7

Rationale: At the start of Year 7, pupils focus on transition into secondary school through the completion of a Baseline unit where basic skills in listening, appraising, composition and performance are studied.  Pupils then focus on rhythmic understanding, developing their practical skills and knowledge of notation through the Rhythms of the World unit.  Following this, pupils revisit the treble clef which is studied at KS2.  Through the Film Melodies unit pupils will revise the notes of the treble clef and develop their ability to apply their understanding of notation to simple melodic performances.  Pupils also develop an understanding of keyboard technique focussing on the use of correct fingering and hand position.  Pupils then undertake their first of three Music Technology units at KS3; they explore the basics of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) by creating a piece of music demonstrating their understanding of structure.  During the Great Composers (1) unit pupils explore the music of the Baroque period, applying their knowledge of the keyboard from earlier in the year to create a confident, solo performance of a piece by JS Bach.  At the end of Year 7, pupils explore the use of Music in industry through the Music and the Brain unit where they learn about the impact of music on different conditions such as Tourette’s and Alzheimer’s.  Pupils also explore and discuss their own reactions and responses to a range of music and consider the impact of practical music on their concentration.

Year 8

Rationale: At the start of Year 8, pupils will learn about the use of compositional techniques in the Hooks and Riffs unit where they will learn to perform an existing piece that exploits the use of these features.  They will explore the use of repetition and development to create interest in a piece as well as learning about the use of ostinatos in Classical and World music.  Pupils will then apply this knowledge to create their own composition in the Music Technology (2) unit where they will further develop the DAW skills learnt in Year 7.  Pupils then undertake an extended unit studying The Blues where they develop their understanding of key features of the genre as well as deepening their understanding of chords and chord structure through the use of inversions.  Following the completion of a performance demonstrating understanding of appropriate stylistic elements, pupils will go on to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a paired/small group composition task.  Following this, pupils revisit the classical periods through Great Composers (2) where they explore the music of the Classical era, further developing their keyboard technique through the study of a piece by Mozart.  Finally, pupils revisit rhythmic notation, transferring their knowledge of staff notation to that of standard drum notation in the Chair Drumming unit.

Year 9

Rationale: At the start of Year 9, pupils explore Rap and Pop music through an extended unit focussing on the further development of keyboard technique, the use of vocals and interaction in an ensemble.  Pupils then undertake their final Music Technology (3) unit consolidating their understanding of DAWs from Years 7 and 8 to create a piece of music exemplifying a chosen dance genre.  Following this, pupils combine their learning from drumming in Years 7 and 8 through the Fusion Drumming unit where they learn about the stylistic features of Samba music and combine it with their pre-existing knowledge of rhythmic and percussion notation and features from percussive music in other cultures.  In the Great Composers (3) unit pupils continue their journey exploring the classical periods by learning about the music of the Romantic era and studying a keyboard piece by Beethoven.  Pupils complete their Key Stage 3 journey in Music through theMy Musicunit where they specialise as either a vocalist, instrumentalist or composer to create a final performance to share with their peers.

KS3 Modular Overview

Click here to view the detailed overview of the music curriculum content taught throughout KS3.  Each modular overview provides information on the knowledge and skills taught at each stage within the intended curriculum.


  • Miss J. Taylor: Head of Expressive Arts
  • Ms N. Chase: Lead Teacher of Art
  • Miss A. Boag-Munroe: Lead Teacher of Music
  • Mrs R. Greenhalgh: Teacher of Art and Technology
  • Miss T Holland: Teacher of Drama
  • Mr S Proctor: Teacher of Music
  • Mr J. Torode: Expressive Arts Technician/PE


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