Performing Arts at Levenshulme High School unlocks the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage.

Head of Faculty

Ms L. Clarke (

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: Eduqas
  • 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: Forms and Devices Includes study of the Minuet and Trio movement from Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ as a set work for his unit
  • Area of Study 2: Music for Ensemble – Area of Study 3: Film Music Your study pieces will be Santana’s ‘Smooth’, ‘Migra’ and ‘Love of My Life’ from the album Supernatural
  • Area of Study 4: Popular Music You will study ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Rainbow as a set work for this unit
  • Listening Exam – A listening and written exam based on Areas of Study 1-4 and set works

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 – Forms and Devices and Musical Ensembles.

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.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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Confederation of School Trusts logo Eco-Schools Bronze Award 2020 logo Leading Parent Partnership Award 2019-2022 logo Stonewall School Champions logo The Quality in Careers Standard logo Educate and Celebrate logo Manchester United Foundation logo Cyber Essentials logo Schoolastic logo The Schools Cooperative Society logo Values-based Education logo GCSEPod logo SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards 2016 logo Music Mark School 2020-21