We believe that music is a fundamental aspect of human life that everyone has the right to explore as part of their development. Our aim is to deliver a broad and meaningful musical education, developing students’ awareness of cultural richness and diversity, to provide a solid grounding for all our students to:

  • Develop their love of music in any musical genre/style
  • Recognise their musicality and the potential to pursue it in the future
  • Understand that, although an abstract art form, music can communicate meaning and be a means of self expression
  • Understand that music is a social activity that connects people in a unique way
  • Understand how the elements of music create effect and expression, to enhance their musical experiences.


Key Stage 3

Music lessons at Hertswood are aimed at bringing students into contact with musicians’ activities of composing, performing, listening and appraising.  By working directly with the raw materials of music, students can best discover something of its nature - its vitality - its evocative power and the range of its expressive qualities. At Key Stage 3 students learn about the elements of music, the basic building blocks of all music, they learn to play instruments, sing in harmony, compose using music software, create bands, learn the theory that underpins music and explore the vast array of music from all over the globe.

They may also choose to study an instrument, individually or in pairs, with our visiting tutors.  Instruments currently available are: piano, keyboard, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, voice, violin and drum kit.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 students have the choice to take GCSE Music, in which they further develop their performing, composing and appraising skills. Their performing work takes the form of solo and group performances prepared and supported by our visiting instrumental and vocal staff. Composing can be in any style or genre often utilising cloud-based software to realise student ideas. The appraising work takes the form of detailed analysis of eight pieces of music spanning the globe from the 1600 to the present day.

Key Stage 5

The Sixth Form have the opportunity to follow the A-Level Music course, putting on and performing in their own recital, composing extensive pieces using professional level scoring software and developing a fuller understanding of how music has developed from the dawn of time to the present day including Instrumental Music, Film Music, Vocal Music, Jazz and Popular Music.


Year Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7
Elements of Music
Keyboard & Notation
The Voice
Year 8
Elements refresher
The Band
Harmony & Hooks
Song Writing
Beat-Metre & Rhythm 2
Film Music
Year 9
Elements Refresher
Pitch & Notation
Scales & Intervals
Tempo, Beat-Metre & Rhythm
Solo Performance
Melody & Harmony
Composition Exercises
Film Music - Star Wars
Ensemble Performance
Year 10 GCSE
Vocal Music - Queen
Vocal Music - Purcell
Solo Performance
Instrumental Music - Bach
Composition 1
Musicals - Wicked
Fusion - Samba
Solo Performance
Year 11 GCSE
Instrumental Music - Beethoven
Fusion - Afro Celt Sound System
Composition 2 - Exam brief
Ensemble Performance
Composition 2 - Exam brief


Extra-Curricular Enrichment

Music students are encouraged to access extra curriculum opportunities that run through the school year such as Opus One Ensemble, Rock School, Studio Sessions and Choir and learn through experience with trips to  Hertfordshire Schools' Gala at the Royal Albert Hall, John Gardiner Orchestral Rehearsal & Meet the Players.

Independent Learning Resources

  • The Knowledge
  • Quizlet

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