Staff within the Department

Ms E Edelenbos – Head of Music

BA (Hons), PGDE

Ms G Morton



Music at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls aims to develop all students’ practical and listening skills, improving their enjoyment and understanding of music. Students will be introduced to many different genres of music from all around the world. The school also offers many extracurricular musical opportunities and students are encouraged to take part in regular performances, concerts and shows which take place throughout the year.



Students in KS3 complete one topic each half term, developing the skills required for GCSE music. Students will perform regularly in class, playing music they have learnt and often music they have composed themselves.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

The elements of music

Sing it

Keyboard skills


African music

Theme and variation

Year 8

Action movie trailer

Jazz and the blues



Pictures at an exhibition

Planets suite


Activities to do at home

All students are encouraged to learn a musical instrument in KS3. All students who have instrumental lessons are expected to do regular practice in between their lessons. Students will also be set a research topic each half term to broaden their understanding of each topic.


Students who have elected to study music at GCSE follow the Edexcel specification and develop their skills in three areas, performance, composition and listening.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

GCSE Vocabulary

ABRSM Music theory

Periods of music

Solo Performance

Music for Stage & Screen


Ensemble performance

Fusion music

Year 10

Instrumental music


Solo performance

Fusion music

Ensemble performance

Composition coursework

Music for Stage & Screen

Year 11

Composition coursework

Review of set works

Vocal music

Performance/ensemble recordings.



All GCSE students at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls follow the Edexcel GCSE Music course.


Activities to do at home

Students are expected to regularly practice their instruments/singing outside of lessons and should be actively listening to music which supports the syllabus. Students are encouraged to play and perform in as many extracurricular groups as possible to help develop their performance skills.


Students in KS5 are currently studying music technology at The Ellen Wilkinson School


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Recording techniques

Unit 1a

Unit 1b & Unit 1c

Development of popular music

Unit 2 preparation

Unit 3b

Year 13

Unit 3b

Unit 3c

Unit 3c

Unit 4 preparation

Unit 3a

Unit 4


Students follow the Edexcel A level music technology syllabus.

Activities to do at home

Students should be listening to a wide spectrum of music and should be developing their listening skills by learning to hear and dictate all of the inner parts.

Enrichment Activities and Trips

Extracurricular Music Clubs

School Orchestra

Jazz band

Rock Band

Composition club

Ukulele club

School Choir


Instrumental & Vocal Lessons

Violin, Viola, Cello

Guitar, Bass Guitar

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba

Piano, Drums

Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone



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