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About Music

Music lessons develop individual performance skills, both vocal and instrumental, including the use of music technology. Develop listening and aural perception skills in practical activities, including composing and performing. Develop creative and compositional skills, including songwriting, arranging and improvising. Work with a range of musicians and watch and listen to live musical performances where possible, to extend their musical learning. Work individually, in musical groups of different sizes and as a class. Build on their own interests and skills, taking on different roles and responsibilities and developing music leadership skills make links between music and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.

At Rose Bridge Academy we aim to make Music a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music form’s part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Integration in Practice

Developing knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening.

Participating, collaborating and working with others as musicians, adapting to different musical roles and respecting the values and benefits others bring to musical learning.

Cultural Understanding

Understanding musical traditions and the part music plays in national and global culture and in personal identity.

Exploring how ideas, experiences and emotions are conveyed in a range of music from different times and cultures.

Critical Understanding

Engaging with and analysing music, developing views and justifying opinions.

Drawing on experience of a wide range of musical contexts and styles to inform judgements.


Using existing musical knowledge, skills and understanding for new purposes and in new contexts.

Exploring ways music can be combined with other art forms and other subject disciplines.


Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgments about musical quality. At Rose Bridge we aim to promote self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment.

Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.

GCSE Music Edexcel

The Music department are delighted to offer GCSE Music to Year 10 and 11 pupils. The current specification focuses upon 3 key areas including:

Unit 1 - Performing Music - pupils produce both an ensemble and a solo performance. Performances may be any instrument and in any style. Controlled Assessment conditions will apply to this unit, which is assessed by the teacher and moderated by Edexcel – 30%

Unit 2 – Composing Music. Pupils produce two compositions. The combined length of the two pieces should be between two or four minutes. Controlled Assessment conditions will apply to this unit, which is assessed by the teacher and moderated by Edexcel – 30%

Unit 3 - Listening and Appraising. 1 hour 30 minute exam externally set and marked by Edexcel. Pupils respond to questions based around the set works for the unit. Pupils will cover twelve set works that cover a wide variety of musical genres.

GCSE Music pupils will also get the opportunity to showcase their talent throughout Key Stage 4, working as soloists and in ensembles. This will help to develop performance techniques ready for their exams.

Instrumental Lessons:

We are excited to announce that GCSE Music pupils will receive the opportunity to have specialist instrumental lessons provided by visiting tutors from the Wigan Instrumental Teaching Provision (ITP).