Our Rationale:

‘Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.’

Our intent: 

Our Music curriculum has been designed to provide students with the understanding of key musical concepts which underpins further study in GCSE Music. Students are taught across a variety of content from Blues to Film Music using the three fundamental disciplines of performing, composing and listening, all of which have practical application. All pupils are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument by receiving instrumental lessons. The main goals of this curriculum is to equip students with the knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and cultural experiences to enjoy music and to study Music further while developing transferable skills:

  • Music training strengthens a person’s self-expression and helps you to break out of your inhibiting barriers (get up there and play!)
  • Research proves that learning a musical instrument has a huge benefit on the brain. Including increased comprehension and math skills, better coordination, and a greater capacity for memory. Playing a musical instrument can make learning easier by involving both sides of the brain in the process. Playing a musical instrument is the only activity that engages all parts of the brain at the same time.
  • Music is proven to help tremendously in social situations, including work environments, friendships, and even more involved relationships.
  • Music training develops the same areas that will assist you in cooperation, time-management, organization, concentration/listening skills, speech and verbal skills.

At the end of his/her Music education at St Matthew's, we hope to inspire each student to:

  • Gain experience of performing a musical instrument
  • Compose music in a creative way
  • Listen critically to a broad range of musical styles/genres, some of which they wouldn’t otherwise have listened to
  • Achieve the highest GCSE grade they are able to
  • Continue to play music as a hobby
  • Be able to study Music at college/further education


Homework / Assessment:

All pupils who play an instrument are encouraged to practice at home as homework. However the department occasionally sets homework of the listening/research nature as not all pupils have access to a suitable instrument at home. Assessment occurs on a regular basis in each lesson where students have opportunities for peer and self- assessment as well as teacher led assessment of performances and compositions.


Rewards and recognition:

Students are encouraged to earn achievement points through the school reward system and are recognised for excellence on the recognition and rewards boards. Celebrations of success, as well as key information, are regularly posted on the Performing Arts Faculty’s Twitter feed @SMRHCS_PA.