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Mr Matthews

Welcome to the Music Department at New College Leicester.

At New College Leicester every student in Key Stage 3 studies music for one hour a week. In Years 9 through to 11 students are given the opportunity to study music further through the BTEC Tech award in Music Performance Level 1 and 2. All year groups are taught mixed ability classes and work is differentiated to meet the needs of individual students.

Students start in Year 7 developing their performance, composition, listening and appraising skills through exploring how to read music. The curriculum is linked closely with the national curriculum and allows all learners to explore a wide range of instrumentation, a broad range of musical styles and cultures. It encourages creativity whilst always developing the personal skills and qualities such as teamwork, confidence, problem solving, independence and resilience. Every single student has the opportunity to perform in Key Stage 3 and those that choose music in Key Stage 4 in a large scale performance.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term How to read music World music with rhythms
World music pitch
Spring Term The elements of music Instrumental skills
Improvisation and the Blues
Summer Term Instruments and keyboard skills Basslines, hooks and riffs
Singing skills

Key Stage 4BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music specification (Qualification Number 600/6818/8)

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term Elements of music
Musical performance skills
Unit 2: Creating a music product Unit 5: Introducing live performance
Spring Term Introduction to music composition
Introduction to music technology
Unit 1: Working in the music industry Unit 6: Recording techniques
Summer Term Unit 5: Introducing live performance Unit 6: Recording techniques Unit 1: Working in the music industry


In addition to the curriculum time at New College Leicester, we also offer an extra-curricular program. We have stretch and challenge opportunities. Concerts and performance every half term and we run a variety of trips to see musicals and concerts. We also work closely with Leicestershire Music Service to provide tuition and instrumental development.


  • Lunch – Stretch and challenge double bass project


  • Lunch – Choir
  • After school – Rock and pop club


  • Lunch – Brass lessons
  • After school – Musical theatre


  • Lunch – String lessons


  • After school – Key stage 4 catch up


Mr F Matthews – Head of Performing Arts

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