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"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art"

Charlie Parker

Music at Tapton is a busy, vibrant department of the school. Students focus on developing the three musical proficiencies of performing , composing and appraising. They are encouraged to listen to a wide variety of musical genres and build up critical and analytical expertise.  

Reasons to choose Tapton 

Outstanding Teaching and Learning
There are two full time teachers of music and twelve peripatetic staff who deliver instrumental and vocal lessons every week. There are a huge range of ensembles on offer, including Wind Band, Brass Band, String Flute, Jazz Band, Sing Squad and Ukulele Club.

Exciting Trips and Visits
Enrichment is a key feature of our musical offer. Students have the opportunity to attend concerts at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Those who study at GCSE and A-Level also have the opportunity to visit the Royal Opera House, and attend a performance study weekend in Derbyshire.

We offer Music at A-Level in our Sixth Form.

 key stage 3

Students focus on the key skills of performing, composing and listening.

Year 7

  • World Music
  • Chromaticism
  • Film Music
  • Fanfare
  • Group Performance.

Key Projects: Composition work focuses on creating and improvising music within small groups and students learn to play a range of instruments such as keyboards, Gamelan, Djembe, Ukuleles and untuned percussion.

Year 8

  • Ground Bass
  • Blues
  • World Music
  • Song Writing
  • Group Performance.

Key Projects: Composition work becomes more advanced, combining knowledge and performing skills to produce group pieces. 

Year 9

Units of work are heavily practical and include the musical genres of:

  • Reggae
  • Samba
  • Film 
  • Pop
  • Classical 
  • World Music.

Key Projects: Students choose one instrument to learn in more depth and there is a mix of solo and group performance.

key stage 4 

Students study towards their GCSE through a mixture of performances and written exams. Tapton School follows the AQA specification.

Year 10

Students are introduced to the key skills and concepts through general musical vocabulary and a wide range of practical activities.

Unit 1: Listening:
During the course, students listen to a wide variety of genres, e.g pop music, world music and classical music, and study set works from these genres.

Unit 2: Performing:
In this unit students will complete solo and ensemble performances lasting a minimum of 4 minutes in total, with the ensemble performance a minimum of 1 minute. 

Unit 3: Composing:
Students compose 2 different pieces of music, one in any style or genre and the other to a set brief. Computer software is used for composition. 

Year 11

Students re-visit the key skills and concepts covered in Year 10 and focus on practising their solo and ensemble recital pieces for recordings.