Welcome to Music

'Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… without music, life would be an error'  -  Plato

In the Music Department, we believe that music is a unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop students’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Through our lessons and extra-curricular opportunities, we aim to bring an appreciation of music to all students and to help them discover and develop their talents. 


Curriculum overview

  • Years 7-8: All students take one lesson per week of music, gaining experience of listening and appraising, performance, composition and group work. They learn to compose and perform in a variety of musical genres. 
  • In the spring of Year 8, students choose the options subjects they will take from Year 9 to Year 11. Students and their families are guided through this process through taster lessons, assemblies, our options online guide and a special options information evening. We support all students to choose subjects they will enjoy and which they will succeed in, and which will unlock future opportunities.
  • Years 9-10: Students who choose music as an option have 2 lessons per week.  

Qualifications entered in Year 11

GCSE Music (WJEC-Eduqas)
BTEC Music (Edexcel)

Topics covered

  • Nurturing success

Extra-curricular Music

Individual peripatetic tutoring

The academy offers a variety of extra-curricular activities to students. Specialist instrumental tutors are available to develop instrumental and vocal skills - woodwind, string, brass, percussion, guitar and vocal lessons are all offered within the school day. Students wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should visit the music area to enquire about availability and timetables.

After school activities

After school musical activities include Rock Band, Academy Big Band, String Group and CAM Singers. In addition to these groups, the Music and Drama departments work together to put on our annual Production - see our shows page for more details

One Education - North Manchester Music Centre

On Thursday evenings, the academy is the venue of the One Education North Manchester Music Centre. Various groups and activities take place within the centre such as Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, Stage Band, Ceilidh Band, Rock Band and Samba. Academy students are encouraged to speak to their instrumental tutors in order to access this provision.

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