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The James Hornsby School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education

Yo-Yo Ma

Music at The James Hornsby School

Key Stage 3

Music lessons at James Hornsby school encourage pupils to explore styles and genres from around the world and throughout history.  Pupils learn to listen in detail and by understanding cultural and political influences are thoughtful and compassionate about the world around them. A culture of ‘Everyone Performs In Class’ (EPIC) ensures our young people showcase their developing knowledge and skills, honing their competence of teamwork, commitment, time-management and organisation. Performance in front of an audience contributes to a sense of accomplishment and developing ambition.


Pupils enjoy individual music tuition available from our local music hub and which can be booked via this link. https://www.essexmusichub.org.uk/site/parents-carers/instrumental-tuition/online-music-tuition/

KS3 Topics:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

The Elements of Music

Ukulele Orchestra

The Music Industry

Rhythm and Pulse

Music of Africa

Protest Music

Form and Structure



The Orchestra

Blues and Jazz

Film Music

The Voice


Popular Songs and Arrangements

Folk Songs and Sea Shanties


Band Project

KS4 Music RSL Music

Pupils will be assessed on 3 of the following units:

  • Unit 1 Musical Knowledge
  • Unit 2 Live Performance
  • Unit 3 Composition
  • Unit 4 Improving performance skills
  • Unit 5 Sequencing

Pupils learn and develop their understanding and skills in a range of musical styles and techniques. They complete detailed portfolios consisting of reflective journals, research, evaluations and video evidence which show their learning journey and development throughout the units. Pupils perform solo and in ensemble at a variety of events including college assemblies, lunchtime concerts, Christmas and end of term concerts as well as being encouraged to participate in external competitions and events in order to build their skills. Pupils will learn about stage-craft, live sound set-up and support as members of the technical crew at school daytime and evening events.

Pupils taking this course may be considering a career in:

  • Recording & Producing
  • Music Business and Touring
  • Performing
  • Songwriting
  • Music Education

And are likely to choose study at a higher level such as:

  • A-Level Music
  • BTEC Music Level 3
  • BTEC Musical Theatre

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