Creativity and performance is central to our music curriculum at Sandringham and our aim is to develop students skills in performing, listening and composing through a strong practical focus. Students are taught in form groups for one hour a week and in Year 9 can also opt to take a Music Module which offers an extra hour a week.

This is supported by our varied enrichment and concert programme which offers opportunities for students to regularly perform both in and out of school in our extracurricular instrumental groups and choirs.

Over the course of the three years, students study a wide range of musical styles from different traditions and parts of the world. Students are introduced to the contexts in which these different styles are composed and performed and explore these styles through their own performance and composition work.  Genres studied include reggae, programme music, blues, western classical music, world and film music, jazz and songwriting.

Over the course of the three years, students learn the keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and ukulele and learn how to rehearse effectively both as individuals and as part of a band. Students also look at how music technology is used to perform and compose and over the course of KS3 use a range of apps as well a GarageBand and Sibelius.

We offer Music GCSE through AQA and students receive five hours of lessons over the course of two weeks. The school also contributes towards to the cost of instrumental tuition each week for our students, to support them in preparing for the performance aspect of the course.

The AQA course consists of a listening exam (40%) and coursework comprising of composition (30%) and performance (30%).

Students study a wide range of musical styles within the topics listed below.

  • Western classical tradition 1650–1910
  • Western classical tradition since 1910.
  • Popular music
  • Traditional music

GCSE students participate in our extra-curricular groups and regularly perform in evening and lunchtime concerts both in the school and in the wider community.

Sandringham School is responsible for delivering both A Level Music and Music Technology (Edexcel syllabus). Since we are part of a highly esteemed sixth form consortium with Beaumont and Verulam School, our students study Music at Sandringham and Beaumont. The school also contributes towards the cost of instrumental tuition for students taking Music A Level to support them in the performance element of the course.

Music A Level requires students to listen to and analyse set works, be able to place them into context, draw comparisons between different styles and traditions and confidently discuss the features of music that is played to them. Students also learn how to compose expressively within a range of structures and styles. The course is broken down as shown below.

  • Performing 30%
  • Composing 30%
  • Appraising (exam) 40%

Music Technology A Level is delivered at Sandringham for students across the consortium and requires students to develop an understanding of production techniques and popular music. The course consists of an audio recording, a composition, historical study of popular music and a practical exam to demonstrate production techniques and is broken down as shown below.

  • Audio recording 20%
  • Composition 20%
  • Listening & analysing 25%
  • Producing & analysing 35%