Music at Box Hill School

Key Stage 3

Music is a fundamental part of the KS3 curriculum and students are encouraged to engage with it in as many different ways are possible. A substantial amount of work is done on understanding music notation but the students are also expected to play the ukulele and the keyboard. Most importantly we have an extensive suite of Apple Mac computers so that each pupil can work individually on composing and arranging pieces using the very latest technology.

The curriculum is largely project-based and over the course of 3 years, students can expect to study a wide variety of topics including: Film Music, Music for an occasion, Instruments of the Orchestra, Classical and Jazz History as well as practical skills. A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of composition. Year 9s will all spend one term as part of a smaller group working with recording and sequencing technology in our music studio.

Students who take instrumental lessons are encouraged to bring their instruments to these lessons in order to give performances and to take part in the group activities.



The OCR GCSE in Music enables students to:
  • Be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • Develop broader life skills and attributes including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation.
  • To engage actively in the study of music.
  • Develop musical skills and interests, including the ability to make music individually and in groups.
  • Understand and appreciate a range of different kinds of music.

Students who elect to take music at GCSE study the OCR syllabus where the emphasis is on the three core musical activities: Listening, Performing and Composing.

Students examine a wide range of different types of music. These include:
The Concerto Through Time
Rhythms of the World
Film Music
Conventions of Pop


Students must record two performances: one as a soloist and one as part of an ensemble. Ideally, the pieces should be equivalent to at least grade 3 standard. Alternatively, they may submit a music technology portfolio involving sequencing and arranging. Students who take this option will work in the recording studio.

Students work on a number of composition tasks. They must submit two completed compositions at the end of the course. One is a free composition and one is to a brief set by the board Music technology is integrated into the curriculum throughout.   


Further Study

Music can be studied in our sixth form as an A-Level. 

- Music A-Level