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The Paulet High School Performing Arts Department aims to inspire, educate and develop a love of music for everyone. Students begin their musical journey in year 7 and continue to explore the many elements, styles and features of music that this exciting subject has to offer. This adventure could lead to a GCSE qualification in music or even an A Level! Wherever your musical journey takes you we sincerely hope you have fun whilst you learn!

The purpose of music at Paulet is to help students to:-

Study genres of music that stimulate interest in the subject
Explore the music of other cultures and places.
Learn crucial key skills that can help in any career and in any other subject.
Develop communication skills and the ability to understand other people’s points of view.
Learn a new skill in musical performance and develop confidence through recital.
Think for themselves and present their own musical ideas.


Curricular offering:

In Year 7 students explore the following topics:

  • Elements Of Music
  • Composing Melody
  • Pentatonic Music

In Year 8 students explore the following topics:

  • Melodic Composition
  • Theme & Variation
  • The Minuet

In Year 9 students explore the following topics:

  • Music for Special Occasions
  • All That Jazz!
  • Melody & Harmony
  • Making Arrangements
  • Stylistic Composition


In Years 10 & 11 students can opt to study a GCSE qualification in Music following the OCR exam board programme of study. Students have to play a musical instrument or sing to a good standard. The candidates are expected to complete coursework in the fields of PERFORMING, COMPOSING and APPRAISING music. At the end of the course students sit a LISTENING EXAM featuring questions on some of the following styles of music:

  • The concerto through time
  • Rhythms of the world
  • My music - a study of your chosen instrument
  • Film music
  • Popular music 1950 - present day


OCR Advanced GCE in Music

The level specifications encourage students to:

  • Extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and to take part in making music.
  • Engage in, and extend their appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development.
  • Encourage students to broaden experience, develop imagination, foster creativity and promote personal and social development.

Course Content

Over two years the students study units under the following two main areas of study:

  1. Tonality – The Language of Western tonal Harmony
  2. The Expressive Use of Instrumental Techniques

Students are expected to complete the following three units within these areas of study:



Course Duration: 2 years

Entry requirements: Candidates must perform well on their musical instrument. A*- C grade at Music GCSE is desirable.

Progression: University/employment opportunities.

Teacher Responsible: Mr. Ryder


Updated 07/06/2016 JM


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