Music is a universal language which gives pupils the opportunity to express themselves and be creative through a variety of musical genres.

Music teaches pupils to work collaboratively, develop confidence and high self-esteem.  It encourages pupils to be sympathetic, sensitive and compassionate, whilst encouraging a love of music, engaging with music and appreciating music from a range of musical styles, genres and traditions.

Music forms a foundation for a fulfilling and interesting life. For some it is the beginning of a specialised career and for others it enriches their life as a leisure activity and promotes personal well-being. 

All pupils have one lesson of Music each week and lasts approximately 55 minutes. 

Lessons are entirely practical and involve developing the FOUR main areas of study, which are Performing, Composing, Listening and Evaluating. 

Pupils are encouraged to understand the nature of music, communicate through creative music making and evaluate their learning to inform good practise.

Lessons focus on listening, singing, presenting class and group performances, creating music in groups (or using music technology), watching and listening to their own work and the work of others, by making observations about the different parts of their work. They suggest successes and suitable targets of improvement for future situations and development.

Pupils receive instrumental and vocal lessons through Musica Kirklees.  Pupils are offered free taster lessons on various instruments and voice at various times during the school year.

Music staff and Instrument Lessons

We have one full time music class teacher, Miss S Kaye and 9 peripatetic staff from Musica Kirklees who offer lessons on the following:

Mrs L PearsonPiano and Keyboard
Mrs R O’SullivanWoodwind
Mr A KinghamBrass
Mr J HodgsonDrum Kit and Percussion
Mr M CroneElectric and Bass Guitar
Miss H RoulsonClassical Guitar
Miss K ChappellUpper Strings
Mrs J Worboys-HodgsonLower Strings
Miss E CullyVoice

Over 80 students have weekly lessons from Musica Kirklees and many more have private lessons. 

An application form for pupils wishing to ‘learn to play’ can be acquired via the School Office, Music Teacher, or to download from the Musica website at www.musicakirklees.org




How is the Department Resourced?

A specialist music classroom equipped with

  • Many Keyboards, 2 pianos, 1 Electric piano
  • Electronic and acoustic drum kits
  • Electric, acoustic and Bass Guitars
  • A set of ukuleles
  • A class set of African djembe drums
  • Lots of classroom percussion instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, various drums, hand held percussion instruments etc.)

There are 5 well equipped music practice rooms with additional space in the main teaching room that are used as rehearsal spaces during lessons and used to teach instrumental and vocal tuition by Muscia staff to individuals or small groups.



What is music?         Introduction to what music is and the key elements.

Composing               Vocal Samba –   Creating word phrases which have different 

                                  rhythmic patterns  and organising them into a performance.

                                  The Planets – organising sounds created through adjevtives.

                                  Sansa Kroma – an arrangement of a short African song.

Africa Drumming       Introduction to Djembe drum techniques and musical notes,   

                                  names, shapes and values.

                                  Performing using call and response and simple and multiple 

                                  rhythmic patterns

Notation              Reading from simple notations, which includes simple time-

                                  signatures and dotted notes.

                                  Staff notation

                                  Signs and symbols

Listening              Film musicIdentifying sound tracks and identifying musical 


Instruments          Brass BandsRecognising the sounds, instruments 

                                  and layout.

                                  The Orchestra and the different instrumental families –     

                                  recognising visually and aurally. Instrumental knowledge.

Great Composers    To develop with an understanding the different periods

and Musicians        in the history of music (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern)

                                  Composer’s name, Nationality, Musical Period, Dates and a popular 

                                  piece of music.

Keyboard Skills         Using the 5-finger keyboard technique to learn a variety of  

                                  Keyboard melodies. An introduction to playing chords, combining  

                                  melody and accompaniment



African Music         Exploring the style and the key features of African Music.

                                  Class performances of Call and Response and an African style 

                                   piece using rhythms from the word phrases of a short African 


                                   Using and understanding notation.

                                  Creating compositions that use melodic and rhythmic patterns  

                                   and other key features within a given structure.

March                 Understanding the conventions and context of the musical genre, 


Keyboard Skills       Performing a Marching song

Samba                 Exploring the history and context of Samba music.  This includes 

                                   group and class performances and developing understanding of 

                                   reading from more complex notations.

Brass Bands          History and origins

Drum Kit              Learning different drumming patterns and the purpose and  

                                   function of the different parts of the drum kit.


The Percussion Party A performance of a musical score

                                    Identifying musical signs and symbols

                                    Reading from more complex notation

                                    Score analysis

                                    Class and group performances

Rock Band                    Using a ‘musical futures’ approach the effects of 

                                    Development in technology and Popular Music through the 

                                    Decades (1960s -)

                                    Working as part of a Band to organise performances of a 

                                    selection of Rock and Pop songs.

Blues                            A mixture of performance and composition using the 12 

                                    bar blues chord sequence, blue notes, walking bass line  

                                    and improvisation.

Mixcraft                     Using music technology to create an authentic remix of a 


Enrichment Opportunities

Enrichment opportunities are offered for ALL pupils and are led by some of our visiting peripatetic staff from Muisca.

Autumn Term

Monday – Pop Choir (Head of Music – Miss Kaye)

Tuesday – String Group (Miss K Chappel)

Wednesday – African Drumming (Mr J Hodgson)

Thursday – Windband (Mr A Kingham)

Spring Term 

Rock Guitar Club – Mr M Crone

Summer Term 

Ukelele Club (Miss H Roulson)

Practise facilities are in use most days with pupils using them to develop skills, prepare for both instrumental and vocal exams and/or to form a Band.

Performance opportunities are given and pupils are encouraged to take part in events in school and in the community.  One of our first opportunities is our Showcase Evening in the Autumn Term.

Each year pupils perform at Kirkburton church where we hold our Carol Service.

Every Christmas Musica Kirklees’ Staff Orchestra and/or Staff Rock Band are invited to come and entertain pupils. These concerts are great fun and informative, with the ensembles playing diverse repertoire and introducing the different musical instruments together with giving our pupils access to high-quality live music.

Each term holds a Positive Awards Assembly where pupils are given the opportunity to perform.

Musical success of individual pupils and groups is celebrated regularly on our school website. 


In June 2013 the school were very proud to present a production of Oliver which was one of its first scale productions in recent times. Many pupils from across the school worked for several months to put together a fantastic show.  In June 2017 saw the production of Guys and Dolls which again involved many pupils and was a great success.

MUSIC MARK – School Member 

During the academic year 2018-2019, the Music department was awarded Music Mark, which is an award in recognition of a commitment to providing high quality music education for all children and young people. (The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark – supported by ABRSM)