Department information

All students at William Lovell Church of England Academy are actively encouraged to participate creatively and collaboratively within a well-structured and diverse Expressive Arts curriculum. In which all students are support to develop new interests and enjoyment through creativity in music.

Music is used as a platform within the Expressive Arts Faculty to develop confidence within all our students and develop independent musicianship in performance, composition, listening evaluating and music technology.

The department provides all students with the opportunity to learn an instrument to enhance the development of musical skills and understanding through classroom and peripatetic teaching up to GCSE level or through TRINTY/ABRSM Graded Exams. 

All students study Music in Years 7 and 8 and then they have the option of choosing either GCSE Music or AQA Level 2 Technical Award in Performing Arts.

At Key Stage 3 students follow detailed topic based schemes of work which are written in compliance with the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Pupils will receive 1 hour of Music per week. The KS3 programme prepares students to pursue music at GCSE Level and further.

KS3 Course information

Year 7

All students will sit a rigorous baseline assessment test which will indicate any previous musical ability and knowledge so appropriate and achievable targets can be set.

  • Topic 1: Body Rhythms Project (Exploring Pulse, Rhythm and Metre)

  • Topic 2: Elements Exploration (Understanding and using the Elements of Music)

  • Topic 3: Carnival of the Animals (Exploring Melodic Writing through motif and exploring scales and modes)

  • Topic 4: African Cycles (Exploring musical cycles, polyrhythms and improvisation)

  • Topic 5: Musical Theatre (Lyric Writing, Ensemble Performance and Beat Matching)

  • Topic 6: Medieval/Folk Music (Exploring Musical development and context)

Year 8

  • Topic 1: Bonfire Rap Project (Exploring Beat Matching, Lyrics Writing, Writing for a Purpose)

  • Topic 2: Music Technology in Practice (Exploring sound manipulation and recording)

  • Topic 3: Singing the Blues (Exploring Blues Music in context, 12 bar blues, improvisation, blues scales and scat singing).

  • Topic 4: The Art Exhibition (Writing tradition music to a given composition brief.)

  • Topic 5: Reggae (Exploring Reggae music, syncopation, chords, and working as an ensemble.

  • Topic 6: Radio Broadcasts (Exploring production of radio shows and manipulation of sound and jingles.


In years 9, 10 and 11 students are able to study Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in Music. Students can select GCSE Music at the end of Year 8 to pursue as a course until the end of Year 11. This selected optional subject receives 3 teaching hours per week.

Component 1: Performing (30%)

A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble. One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice.

Component 2: Composing (30%)

Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study. The briefs will be released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief.

Component 3: Appraising (40%)

This component is assessed via a listening examination. Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study.

Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble

Area of study 3: Film Music

Area of study 4: Popular Musi

Two of the eight questions are based on extracts set by WJEC.

what's on in the music department

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ABSRM Website -

BBC Music -

Eduqas GCSE -

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids -

Lincoln Music and Drama Festival  - 

Lincolnshire Music Service -

Music Theory Website -

Naxos Music Library -

SLMS Peripatetic Teaching -

Sing Up -

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Kids -

Trinity Website -


Mr T C Thorpe - Teacher of Music & Performing Arts

Mr S Lowndes - Visiting Peripatetic Music Teacher (SLMS Music)