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In Key Stage 3 students receive 1 period of Music each week, which is taught in mixed ability groups.

During their Music lessons, Coppice students will develop practical skills in listening, composing and performing using a range of different resources including keyboard, voice and percussion.

Practical activities include individual, group and whole-class performances within the following topics:

Year 7

  • Musical Elements
  • Pitch and Graphic Notation
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Rhythm and Pulse
  • Latin American Music

Year 8

  • World Music
  • Music and the Media
  • 19th and 20th Century Composing Styles

Year 9

  • Musical Theatre
  • Popular Music Styles and the Blues.

Key Stage 4

Music is an option at Key Stage 4. If students choose to continue their musical studies, they receive 3 periods of Music each week taught in a mixed ability group and follow the AQA Music GCSE course. During the course students develop their practical skills in performance, composition and listening and analysis. The areas of study for the GCSE course are Rhythm and Metre, Harmony and Tonality, Texture and Melody, Timbre and Dynamics and Structure and Form. These are explored through three Strands: Western Classical Music, Popular Music of the 20th and 21st centuries and World Music.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students can choose to study Music at Level 3. Currently at Coppice, A Level (AQA Specification) is available. Students have 6 timetabled lessons per week.

Throughout their life at Coppice students have the opportunity to learn at least one musical instrument and we have 5 peripatetic staff teaching performance skills on Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Drum Kit, Piano and Voice. These lessons last approximately 20 minutes and take place on the same day each week.


  • Peripatetic music tuition offered in voice, piano, upper and lower strings, woodwind, brass, drum kit
  • Music room with keyboard suite and interactive whiteboard
  • 5 practice rooms & Music Studio
  • Second music classroom with MAC computers with specific Music software
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