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Department Introduction


In Years 7 to 9 pupils perform, compose and listen to a wide variety of Music gaining confidence and self-esteem.  Pupils have the opportunity to make appropriate use of Music Technology and develop their understanding of Music from different periods, countries and cultures. Practical skills are developed within the classroom through the use of electronic keyboards, guitars, ukuleles, percussion and a suite of computer workstations. At KS4 a good number of students choose to study Music to GCSE level each year.

Students of all abilities and ages are encouraged to join in and build their confidence. The Music Department currently runs lunchtime and after school sessions most days including choir, senior choir, Keyboard, Guitar & Ukulele and band. Instrumental tuition is available from Bury Music Service, for individual or group lessons on a wide variety of instruments. We also have Musical academies running in brass and guitar groups.  Pupils are also encouraged to come along and practice at keyboard club.

Each year a number of formal and informal concerts take place at Philips High School. These range from solo and ensemble performances at the Christmas and summer concerts, Talent Shows, Celebrations Evening and Open Evening and shows.

There are lots of fun activities to get involved in whatever your taste in music.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs J Dalziel should you wish to find out any additional information.

KS3 Curriculum
KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 Topics – To be used as revision list
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Programme Music Theme and Variations Samba
Keyboard Skills 1 Orchestra African drumming
Year 8 Topics – To be used as revision list
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Keyboard Skills 2 Hooks and riffs Song Writing
Advertising 4 Chord Trick Musical/Opera
Year 9 Topics – To be used as revision list
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Melody with Chords Film Music Musical Futures
The Blues    


Assessment Details
5/6 topics and 5 KAT’s throughout the year (approximately every 8 weeks.)

Each topic results in a performance or presentation which is graded according to Philips High School levels.

Useful Websites and Textbooks
www.bgfl.org/virtualkeyboard a virtual keyboard which enables you to play melodies

You tube  – lots of ‘how to play’ inspiring uploads

Apps for android or apple devices

Four chords- Free starter guitar app

Guitar star – Free app -become a guitar legend

Magic piano/ purely piano

Tonara  – a few free examples of keyboard pieces

Noteworks – Fun game to aid learning notes of the stave and keyboard

KS4 Curriculum
KS4 Curriculum 

Year 10 Topics – To be used as revision list
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
L van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’ J Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) S Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked)
    J S Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
Year 11 Topics – To be used as revision list
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
H Purcell: Music for a While  Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album ‘Volume 2: Release’) Revision
Queen: Killer Queen (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’) Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’)  


Assessment Details
Useful Websites and Textbooks
Text Books: EdExcel (9-1) Anthology of Music  , Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Music Student Book

CPG  -EdExcel Music GCSE  Area of Study Revision Guide

BBC GCSE Music Bitesize, BBC Learning Zone Secondary Music clips

Youtube – lots of ‘how to play’ inspiring uploads



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