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The music department exists primarily to provide an outstanding academic music education to students. Secondly, it exists to provide an inclusive, varied and aspirational extra-curricular music programme across the whole school. Through these provisions students have the opportunity to develop musically, socially and academically in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

The department’s dedicated rehearsal spaces provide for a variety of musical ensembles. Using the departments’ technology and software, students can learn recording, arranging and composing skills.

Curriculum Map

Summary of Subject Content

Lower School (KS3)

Students undertake a balanced programme of activities that allows all to succeed. As part of their studies, all students will have the chance to play instruments and sing regularly. They will listen to a wide array of musical styles and compose and perform music relating to their current topic. (See Scheme of Work)

There is a wide range of musical material, recordings, computers, and instruments available to enable pupils to build upon their own interests, abilities and tastes in music whilst encouraging them to discover new fields of music.

At KS3 all student have one 60 minute lesson every week.


Music is a subject in which students’ ability varies quite significantly. As such all KS3 classes are not set and tasks are differentiated accordingly.

Upper School (KS4/GCSE)

Exam board: AQA                             Written exam- 40%                    Coursework- 60%

The syllabus offers a wide range of musical experiences and caters for a range of musical tastes and abilities. There are also options that may be offered to aid those students who wish to follow a music technology pathway rather than the traditional music route.

The course serves to develop the three main areas of music: performing, composing and listening/theory.

Instrumental Tuition

Bedale High School students are able to have lessons in a wide variety of instruments in school. Lessons are with professional musicians who visit for one or two days a week. Timetables are rotated weekly in order that a student does not miss the same academic lesson each week.

Trips, Special Projects, Extra-curricular Clubs/Activities

Bedale High School hosts a very busy music department that frequently demonstrates a high standard of performances in concerts, local competitions and on foreign tours.

The music department runs regular practices and supports a wide range of music groups catering for many styles and abilities, including choirs, ensembles, big band, orchestra, brass ensemble, rock bands and rap/beatboxing groups.

Departmental Achievements

Students are regularly examined in performance certificate and diplomas by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Rock School. Students have held positions in county choirs and orchestras.

Music provides students with a huge skill set that can be applied to many different career paths. Many students have gone on to study music at music colleges and universities. In addition, students who have studied music up to A level have gone on to careers in teaching, medicine, law and finance, to name a few.