KS3 Music

CCW Samba Band

At Caedmon College we encourage students to be successful learners who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve their best in Music.
Through Music lessons, students will have lots of opportunity in a supportive and encouraging environment to develop their confidence, resilience, problem solving skills, team work skills and above all enjoy making and discussing Music with others. We aim to help students to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to an increasingly creative society.


Year 7 Units
In Years 7 and 8, students are following our new more student-led and challenging ‘Ked-inspired’ curriculum. Independent study tasks are listening and research-based tasks whilst classwork consists of practical workshops, where students use instruments and their voices to express and create their musical ideas.

Topics covered include:

  • Singing and elements
  • Indonesian Gamelan
  • Film music
  • Blues and jazz
  • Samba
  • Reggae and protest songs
  • Working with chords

Assessment of Music
In Years 7 and 8, students are assessed on how they are developing the learning capabilities through the activities of performing with others in class, composing their own music and appraising music through written, oral and listening tasks. They work towards goals on according to their individual pathways. Audio recordings of students’ work is recorded regularly during lessons. Regular music concerts throughout the year also give all students the opportunity to showcase and have experience of performing their work to a wider audience with their peers.

Extra-curricular Music
Instrumental and vocal lessons are available to all students, with many being eligible for some funding towards these. Visiting instrumental teachers offer lessons on the following: woodwind, brass, voice, piano and keyboard, music theory, strings, guitar and percussion. Students who play an instrument are strongly encouraged to bring them into music lessons that are taught as part of the curriculum whenever possible.

The College choir, folk band, brass group, Scoresby music group and other student bands play regularly both at College events and in the local community. All ensembles are open to all students in College, regardless of ability or musical experience.

GCSE Music

Music will allow you to develop your artistic and creative skills and improve your appreciation of music of all types. There is lots of practical work and the opportunity to use music technology.
The course consists of three main activities which are Composing, Listening and Performing. It gives students the opportunity to work on music from the areas of:

  • Musical forms and devices
  • Music for ensemble
  • Film music
  • Popular music

Method of Assessment:
Composing: 30% – students submit two compositions – one to a brief set by the exam board; one which is a completely free choice of the student as to what the style or genre shall be. Lots of group composition work during Year 10 builds on composition work from KS3 and helps students to develop confidence in working more independently on composition. Many students use our Music ICT suite to complete their final coursework pieces and produce professional looking scores.
Performance: 30% – students have the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in performing in a range of supportive scenarios, as part of a group and by the end of the course, as an individual. All students on the GCSE course receive a funded instrumental or vocal lesson each week. Students submit their best performances at the end of the course which must total at least four minutes’ worth of music.
Examination: 40% – a listening and written examination is taken in Year 11. Students study a wide range of music and focus on two set works and music theory. Extra support is given to students requiring it in a ‘GCSE Music drop-in’ on Thursday lunchtimes.
Students who study GCSE Music are strongly encouraged to take on the many extra-curricular opportunities available to them to help develop their confidence and skills further. These range from performing in concerts as part of a whole class group, to singing in the choir, performing in folk band in local community events such as Musicport and taking part in the annual music foreign exchange trip. Our suite of four practise rooms on the Normanby site are utilised well by students practising either individually or as their own ensembles that they have set up.

For more information or a tour around the Music department to see the facilities available, please contact Mrs Beattie at the College.

A-level Music

Music will allow you to develop your artistic and creative skills, and improve your appreciation of music of all types. This is a demanding course and well respected by Russell Group universities and employers alike. Music is for students who like the idea of writing their own music – popular song, rock styles, classical, world music, jazz, theme and variation, etc. It involves listening to and analysing a wide variety of classical, jazz and modern styles.

There are lots of opportunity in College for students to develop their confidence and experience in performing and composing. All A-level Music students receive a funded instrumental lesson as part of the course.

Method of Assessment: 
Performance: 30%; Composing: 30%; Listening and Writing: 40%
Performance: students work closely with their instrumental or vocal teacher and prepare a recital on their main instrument or voice that lasts 8 minutes in total. The recital can be in any style and pieces performed can include music technology, ensemble work and improvisation.
Composition: Students submit two compositions – one to a given brief and the other either to a given brief or free composition.
Appraising: students are examined on a wide range of music – areas of study are instrumental music, vocal music, popular music and jazz, film music and musical fusions. There are three exciting set works for each area of study. Questions in the final exam are a mixture or listening and extended written questions; each student receives their own individual CD in the exam.

What other learning could you do?
You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in Music related courses or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Music such as a Music Composer, Musician, Sound Technician or you may wish to use your music ability for recreational purposes.
The course is designed to provide you with access to a range of music related employment and will also develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of other industries are looking for.
Music is a very respected A-level and all universities accept it as a valid subject.

What career options do you have?
Music degrees can lead to occupations in teaching, publishing, TV and radio production, music therapy, Arts administration, PR work, and media promotions.

Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

Extra-Curricular Music

Below are the extra-curricular activities on offer.

Mondays 1.00-1.30 Folk Group (Mrs Beattie) – Normanby
This group is open to all students on the Normanby site, from beginner to advanced. Any instrumentalists/singers are welcome – some instruments are available for you to try too. The folk group have performed at MusicPort World Music festival for the last two years and have enjoyed opportunities to work with local professional musicians Rebecca Gross and Richard Grainger.

Tuesdays 1.00-1.30 Music Club – Scoresby (Mrs Beattie)
All instrumentalists and those who love singing are welcome to come and develop their ensemble performing skills through learning pieces to perform together.

Mondays 3.40-4.40 Gubiloso (Mr Cross) – Normanby
This award winning group is run by our visiting brass teacher, Mr Cross.

Thursdays 1.00-1.30 Samba Band (Mrs Briggs) – Scoresby
All Year 7/8 students are welcome to come along.

Friday 1.00-1.30 Senior Choir (Miss Irving) – Normanby Music Room
This SAT/SATB group is aimed at all singers who want to develop their close harmony and part-singing skills in an enjoyable setting. The choir perform regularly and have been on tour to Sweden and France.

Get Involved!

  • Students can learn an instrument with the County Peripatetic Team who visit the College every week. For more information please talk to any of the Music teachers in College. All instrumentalists should bring their instrument into curriculum music lessons to use.
  • Students can also play in the orchestras and bands at the Whitby and Scarborough Music Centres.
  • The College ensembles enter the Eskdale Festival of the Arts. Students are encouraged to enter individually for the various classes too in the festival.
  • A foreign exchange trip for anyone involved in any of the ensembles is open to all students who are enthusiastic about getting involved in Music making in Year 9 and above.
  • We have a regular visit from St. Hilda’s School, Buenos Aires when we do some combined musical items; in addition, we have a yearly visit including workshops from the Pearl of Africa choir from Uganda.
  • Numerous concerts and performing opportunities for students take place throughout the year; in Summer 2015 drama and music students from all year groups put on the fabulous ‘We Will Rock You!’.