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Tarleton Music Department has excellent facilities to promote the study of a wide range of music through listening, performing and composing activities and to enable students to enjoy and appreciate music for life.

YEARS 7 – 9

Music at Tarleton Academy is time-tabled as a separate discipline. In years 7 & 8 students are part of a carousel and will receive 8 lessons per fortnight for 20 lessons. Students will rotate twice throughout the year.
Throughout Key Stage 3 students will learn about the basic elements of music, composition, performance skills, world music and music technology. Practical skills are developed using new computer technology and keyboards and students are encouraged to take part in group performances, both vocal and instrumental.


In year 9, students elect to take music as an option and enjoy a more intense course of music, receiving two lessons a week, all year. This prepares them for a smooth transition into GCSE.


Music is available as an option at GCSE following the Edexcel exam syllabus. Students enjoy full access to the music technology and recording studio facilities.
Study of the following four units:

Unit 1: Performing Music 30%
  • Solo performance(s)   
  • One ensemble performance(s) 

Both performances need to be a combined length of 4 minutes and no shorter than one minute each.  

Unit 2: Composing Music 30%
  • Two compositions: One ‘free composition and one set to a brief by the exam board in year 11. 

Unit 3: Listening & Appraising 40%

Made up of two sections, totalling 80 marks. 

Section A
  • Six questions relating to the studied set works. 
  • One short melody/rhythm completion activity. 
  • One question on a unfamiliar piece (score provided) with questions on its musical elements, contexts and musical language.

Section B
  • One questions requiring students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, contexts and language of one set work, and an unfamiliar piece of music. 
  • A CD will play the extracts a set number of times for the students whilst they complete this task. 

Extra Curricular

The curriculum is enhanced by a range of peripatetic teachers who offer tuition on a weekly basis in piano, woodwind, keyboard, drums, guitar and vocals.
The department offers a music education which challenges the able, extends the less able and encourages students to work alongside others with tolerance, co-operation and understanding.
The department runs both ukulele club and choir rehearsals during the school week and students of all abilities are welcome.
The Music Department regularly puts on productions as part of the CAPA faculty including the Christmas concert, summer concert and musical production.


Homework tasks will vary for each year group. Below is an outline of the types of activities students will be expected to undertake.
  • Listening log
  • Watching performances
  • Research
  • Theory exercises
  • Composing exercises
  • Practice
  • Listening activities
  • Musical context worksheets