Curriculum | Music

Faculty Vision

Performing Arts at Levenshulme High School unlocks the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. The Music Department believes that everyone should have access to playing and appreciating many different types of music and should have the opportunity to develop and showcase their skills as often as possible.

Curriculum Overview:

  • Year 7 – 5 periods as part of the ‘Dream Day’ curriculum
  • Year 8 – 1 period of Drama or Music on half termly rotation
  • Year 9 – 1 period of Drama or Music
  • Options offered at the end of Year 9:
  • GCSE Music (AQA)

Topics Covered:

Year 7

In year 7, pupils follow the Dream Day curriculum. This allows them to explore a full day’s learning within each Expressive Arts area (Drama, Music, Art and EPR) every half term. Topics include: Introduction to the Elements of Music, Different types of instruments, Eras and Composers, Descriptive Music, Reading notation and performing, Singing and Musical Genres

Year 8

Pupils continue to focus on performing, listening and composing and learn the vocal and instrumental skills to be able to showcase this. Students study a combination of singing, playing instruments, learning how to read music, exploring music from different eras and cultures and creating their own music in groups. Topics include: Pop Music, Musical Theatre and Singing.

Year 9

In Year 9, students begin learning the skills and knowledge for the GCSE course. Topics include: Film and Descriptive Music, Reading notation and studying musical features, Dance Music, Music Technology and Blues.

Options offered at the end of Year 9

At Levenshulme we offer GCSE Music for musicians at KS4.

GCSE Music
Exam Board: AQA
No. of Controlled Assessments: 4 (60%)
No. of Exams: 1 exam (40%)

Performing (30%) 2 performances, 1 solo and 1 ensemble.

Composing (30%) 2 compositions, 1 based on a composition brief and 1 can be anything you like; a free composition.

Area of Study 1: Western Classical Tradition 1650 – 1910 – Includes study of Haydn’s Symphony No.101 in D Major (The Clock Symphony)

Area of Study 2: Popular Music – The study of pop over time. This also includes the study of The Beatles’ ‘With a Little help From My Friends’, ‘Within You Without You’ and ‘Lucy in the Sky Diamonds’ from the album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Area of Study 3: Traditional Music – Your study pieces will be Santana’s ‘Smooth’, ‘Migra’ and ‘Love of My Life’ from the album Supernatural.
Area of Study 4: Western Classical Tradition since 1910 – You will study Aaron Copeland’s ‘Saturday Night Waltz’ and ‘Hoe-Down’ from Rodeo.
Listening Exam – A listening and written exam based on Areas of Study 1-4

Units studied in year 10

Performance and ensemble skills – individual rehearsal on student’s main instruments or voice and band practice.

Areas of Study 1-2 are studied – Western Classical and Popular Music

Units studied in year 11

Performance and ensemble skills – students rehearse and perform on their main instruments or voice and practice as a band to improve ensemble awareness.

Areas of Study 1-4 are studied

School Address

Levenshulme High School
Crossley Road
M19 1FS


Academy Headteacher: Dr Johan MacKinnon
Executive Headteacher: Ms Patsy Kane OBE MA


0161 224 4625


0161 256 1170


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