Why Choose Music?

The music industry is large and diverse with a huge range of opportunities in many different careers. Students who study Music will find plenty of options when it comes to choosing a future path. Equipped with an awareness of musical genres and styles; performing, listening and composing skills; and music technology proficiency, students will be well equipped to pursue a musical profession.

Music also offers a wealth of transferable skills including critical thinking, social skills, creativity, appreciation for other cultures, team-work, leadership and communication, time management and organisational skills.


At Blue Coat we have a large team of visiting peripatetic instrumental teachers.  Many pupils enjoy learning an instrument at school.  The benefits of learning include;enhanced coordination,perseverance, boosts team skills,improves organisation, listening and social skills.  It alsoiincreases memory capacity, sharpens concentration, fosters self-expression, improves mathematical ability and relieves stress.


The department is very well equipped, boasting 3 iMac suites running Sibelius, Logic Pro and Garageband software, a recording studio, practice rooms, keyboard suites and a wide variety of percussion, guitars and orchestral instruments.


Department Ethos

We aim to provide music provision that is both inclusive and diverse; allowing all students to actively participate in the enjoyment of music-making. Blue Coat Music is a resonating heartbeat through the life of the whole school, offering students opportunities to worship God and to lead others in worship. Our lessons are wholly practical, culturally diverse and musically varied. Students are taught to take risks, to be creative and to discover their God-given talents and potential.


Curriculum | Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils receive 3 hours of music tuition per fortnight.  Lessons are practical and hands on.  We cover a wide range of topics that include; Rhythm and Melody, Indian music, Gamelan, the Orchestra, Popular Music, Blues, Theme and Variation, Remix, Film Music and Minimalism.  Some of the skills taught include: reading the basics of staff notation, keyboard skills, singing, composing using technology and performing on tuned and untuned instruments.  Pupils develop their musicianship through whole-class, small ensemble and solo performance and composition.  In addition, all students in Year 7 perform ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in concert in their first term.


Curriculum | Key Stage 4

GCSE Music is a very popular option choice for students at Blue Coat. Pupils study the AQA syllabus, which enables them to develop their musical skills in the following areas;

Performing as a soloist, and as part of a group.

Developing composition techniques that cover a broad range of music.

Listening to a wide variety of music, and commenting and sharing thoughts with fellow students.

Exposure and development of their historical and cultural musical knowledge.


Students at GCSE are offered a school subsidy for 121 instrumental or vocal lessons to support with their performance portfolio.


Curriculum | Key Stage 5

We offer two A-level courses within the department.


We are one of the only providers of A-level Music in the city, so many pupils choose to come to us to complete this qualification. The course provides an opportunity for pupils to develop their musicianship skills across performance, composition and analysis. Pupils work towards delivering a solo recital at a high level of proficiency, as well as preparing two compositions, utilising skills and techniques learned throughout the course. They will also gain a broad insight into how music has developed throughout the centuries.


We also offer Music Technology A-level, which can be combined with the Music qualification. We have a purpose-built recording studio and three iMac suites running industry standard software including Logic Pro, Garageband and Sibelius. Throughout the course, pupils learn a variety of studio recording skills including, microphone technique and DAW skills in order to develop an expertise in mixing music, with a focus on professional production. Pupils will compose using a range of audio and MIDI sound sources, building skills such as sampling, synthesis and programming.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Wind Band (Grades 1-3).

Concert Band (Grades 4+)

Jazz Band

String Orchestra and Quartet.

School Choir (SATB)

Soulful Choir

6thform Choir

Steel Pan group

Blue Coat Drumming Group

House Worship Bands

Rock Guitar group

Classical Guitar group

Recorder ensemble


The department has many opportunities for pupils to perform throughout the year.  These include; Year 7 cohort singing ‘Joseph.’ Christmas & Easter Concerts, School Musicals,6thform recitals.  Glastonbluey (school rock and pop summer show).  House & whole school services. Performances in local primaries, care homes and community events. Choir summer tour.


Future Careers

Musician, Teacher, Producer, Engineer, Composer, Marketing, Musical Theatre, Journalism, Events, Musical Director, Music therapy & so much more!


Exam Board & Specifications

AQA GCSE Music: Spec code: 8271 / QAN: 601/8361/5

Edexcel A Level Music: Spec code: 9MU0 / QAN: 601/7928/4

Edexcel A Level Music Technology: Spec code: 9MT0/ QAN: 603/0188/0


Current curriculum specifications can be downloaded below:

GCE-music-specification-A-Level-2015New GCSE spec