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Subject Leader Music

Mrs A Lawrie

Music Teacher

Miss Lee

Peripatetic Teachers

Accompanist- Ms Cabrera

Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Cornet)- Mr Fenning

DJ & Music Production- Mr Wait

Drums- Ms Dunthorne

Drums - Mr Sena

Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)- Mr McConkey

Guitar & Bass - Mr Randall

Piano- Ms Park

Piano- Mrs A Martis

Piano (Pop/Jazz)- Mr Smith

Singing (Pop/Rock and Musical Theatre)- Ms S Ayliffe

Singing (Classical/Musical Theatre)- Mrs Lapping

Violin & Viola & Cello- Mr Parkin

The Music department at Knole Academy provides an education that encompasses the main three strands of music education; performing, composing and listening/appraising. The topics covered at KS3 allow students to develop their musical understanding and skills, which allows them to build on this at KS4 for Music GCSE.

Lessons are charged at £17.50 per 30 minute lessons. There will be 6 or 7 lessons per half term on a rotating timetable.
Please contact Mrs Lawrie for a letter and sign up slip if you would like your child to start lessons.

We endeavour to provide all students with the opportunity to perform both in class and at concerts throughout the year. We also encourage students to learn an instrument and take part in the many musical opportunities offered at Knole Academy.

The department runs trips and extra-curricular clubs and activities linked with our programmes of study which allow the students to either watch or take part in musical activities linked to the topics covered in class. It is important for students to have a practical link to music theory topics covered in class. The skills learnt in and outside of the classroom aim to create well rounded and competent musicians by the time students have completed their studies.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Elements of music
  • Keyboard skills & treble clef notation
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Rhythm & beat

Year 8

  • The Blues
  • Major/Minor
  • African drumming
  • Pop songs

Year 9

  • Ground bass
  • Musicals
  • Film music
  • Music history
  • Composing a melody
  • Stave notation/key signatures

Key Stage 4

Music is a popular choice at GCSE. We follow the Edexcel 2016 specification (9-1). This subject is assessed through coursework and an examination, on the three units listed below.

Unit 1: Performing Music

Unit 2: Composing Music

Unit 3: Listening & Appraising

We also run the Music Production Rockschool Grade 1 (and 2) during KS4.

What texts would you recommend?

  1. Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Anthology of Music Edexcel GCSE Music 2016 (Pearson)
  2. Edexcel GCSE Music Revision Guide (Rhinegold) 
  3. Edexcel GCSE Music Study Guide (Rhinegold) 
  4. Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Music Student Book Edexcel GCSE Music 2016 (Pearson)

What websites would you recommend?

  • BBC Bitesize 
  • YouTube 

Key Stage 5

In Sixth Form we offer a Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music Performance (Pearson)

  • Unit 1:  Practical music theory and harmony
  • Unit 2:  Professional practice in the music industry
  • Unit 3:  Ensemble performance
  • Unit 6:  Solo performance


Please refer to the Post 16 Course Directory 2020-22 for KS5 information by clicking here.

Enrichment and extra-curricular

  • Orchestra- Wednesday Lunchtime in P2
  • Knole Choir - Wednesday Tutor Time in the Recital Room 
  • Chamber Choir- Thursday Lunchtime in P2
  • Band Rehearsals- Lunchtimes in Practice Rooms 
  • Woodwind Group- Thursday Lunchtimes in the Recital Room 
  • GCSE Revision Club- Friday Lunchtimes in P1


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