Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle – what do all of these great men have in common? They were all musicians!

At Rhyddings students study a wide range of musical styles and genres, both modern and historic, with regular hands-on instrumental sessions. This in-class learning is supplemented with a range of extra-curricular activities (such as Vocal group, Keyboard group, Band) as well as specific instrument tuition (eg Piano, Keyboard, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum, Singing).

In KS3 pupils build their knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening to music, with artists and composers ranging from Ludwig Van Beethoven to Ed Sheeran.

Students choosing to study Music further in Yrs 10 & 11 follow the RSL Music practitioner course, broken into 3 assessed areas:

  • Unit 1 Music Knowledge
  • Unit 2 Instrumental Study
  • Unit 3 Live Performance


Career links

  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Musician
  • Music Teacher
  • Sound designer
  • Sound engineer
  • Broadcasting/film/video/YouTube


The purpose of studying music is to engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, increasing their self-confidence and creativity so that they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, perform, listen and appraise.

In Music lessons at Rhyddings students develop their understanding and appreciation of music by exploring different musical styles and genres. They are introduced to various instruments and this is extended using music technology. Students are equipped with the knowledge and understanding to develop their performance skills, empowering them to take center-stage as soloists or working in ensembles. They are challenged to reflect on musical history on a journey from Blues to modern film music.



Subject progression & sequencing

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Introduction to music with Musical Elements
  • Notation through play
  • Keyboard project
  • Instruments of the orchestra
  • Environment project
  • Samba Music
Year 8
  • Dance Music
  • Exploring Pop Music
  • Hooks and Riffs
  • Theme and Variation
  • Film Music project
  • Music Technology
Year 9
  • SOLO Performance Skills
  • Blues and Jazz
  • Music knowledge
  • Ensemble Performance skills
  • Music Technology
  • Battle of the bands!
Year 10
  • 204ta Instrumental study: ensemble performance
  • Solo performance Skills
  • Composition unit – music and theory
  • 201ta Music knowledge – a study of two contrasting genres
  • 207ta Using DAW – assignment
  • Live performance with an audience
Year 11
  • Practical Music and Theory
  • 201ta Musical Knowledge
  • 207ta – Using DAW
  • RSL Level 2 Live Performance
  • Preparations for Performance unit – external
  • Music Knowledge, DAW & Live Performance submission

Useful links:

Lancashire Hub Music services brochure

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