Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Key Stage 3 Music

Music in Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, our main aim is to get students involved: to raise their confidence in singing and in instrumental playing.  We want to introduce them to a wider variety of music and also get them involved in composing.

The main areas of study include:

  • Keyboard skills
  • Musical literacy
  • Singing and listening
  • Compositional and performance skills
  • Wider musical appreciation


In Year 7, students experience a broad introduction to the above areas of focus.  They will learn basic keyboard skills and begin to devise and perform short pieces.

The following are the headings for the different topics visited throughout the year.

  • The  Musical Elements
  • Rhythmic, Melodic and Graphic Notation
  • The Keyboard
  • Instruments of the Orchestra and Conducting
  • Garage Band and Composition

In Year 8, students continue to develop their practical keyboard skills, extend their composition work and participate in more performances. Students also develop their general musical knowledge through listening and evaluating. This year is focused on music and other art forms.

The following are the headings for the different topics visited throughout the year.

  • African Music – Drum and Vocal
  • Film Music
  • Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll
  • 1970’s Music
  • Modern Pop Music Project