Welcome to Music

In Music, our philosophy is clear. We learn by listening, watching and… DOING! Music is a universal language, and at Outwood Academy Shafton we truly understand this. As an art form music represents a common bond between all people from all backgrounds and cultures. It allows us to communicate beyond our natural boundaries, through age ranges and across the divide of history. For these reasons the music department is deeply committed to inspiring young people musically. Learning music improves teamwork, communication and builds self-esteem. It enables young minds to explore their own emotions and interpret those of others, which in turn fosters more sophisticated, empathetic minds – minds which are expanded and often more capable as a result of learning an instrument.

We offer a broad and diverse curriculum throughout KS3 and KS4, with extended learning outside school hours. Lessons are very much practical based and offer many opportunities for students to access a variety of different instruments. Students develop their musical appreciation, listening, performance, improvisation and composition skills throughout KS3, including regular singing and rhythm based activities. There are also five practice rooms, and two classrooms which students can access.



Key Stage 3

The Music course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the BTEC Music course in Key Stage 4.

In Year 7 students are introduced to reading rhythm and staff notation to enable them to begin to develop their musical performance skills. Throughout the different units students develop their performance skills on keyboards and guitars in both solo and ensemble performance settings.

These skills are developed even further during Year 8 where students are given the opportunity to explore different genres of music and plan and perform music in a more independent setting with the final unit being an introduction to a BTEC Music coursework project.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Miss K Wragg, Head of Department, at k.wragg@shafton.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

BTEC Music First Award

  • Music Performance: Planning and rehearsing chosen solo and ensemble pieces for performance
  • Live Sound: Managing the technical requirements of a gig.
  • Planning a Music Event: Planning and delivering a musical product (CD ) or event (gig)
  • Music Industry: Studying the business aspects of the world of music.

BTEC Music First Award is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Miss K Wragg, Head of Department, at k.wragg@shafton.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.