Music - key stage 3


Teachers notes

The activities will support the following areas of the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for music:

Integration of practice

Developing knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening

Cultural understanding

a Understanding musical traditions and the part music plays in national and global culture and in personal identity.
b Exploring how ideas, experiences and emotions are conveyed in a range of music from different times and cultures.

Critical understanding

Understanding musical traditions: The way we respond to music is determined to a large extent by our culture. We need to learn how and why music is different if we are to appreciate unfamiliar music.
Engaging with and analysing music: This includes engaging with music through performance and listening, and appraising music that covers a range of styles, genres and traditions.
Wide range of musical contexts: Pupils’ awareness and experience of a wide range of music should be broadened through the key processes of performing, composing and listening.


a Exploring how thoughts, feelings, ideas and emotions can be expressed through music.

Performing, composing and listening

listen with discrimination and internalise and recall sounds
b identify the expressive use of musical elements, devices, tonalities

Reviewing and evaluating

Pupils should be able to:
a analyse, review, evaluate and compare pieces of music
b identify conventions and contextual influences in music of different styles, genres and traditions
c communicate ideas and feelings about music, using expressive language and musical vocabulary to justify their opinions

Range and content

a range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures
b a range of classical and popular traditions and current trends in music that
c reflect cultural diversity and a global dimension

Curriculum opportunities

make links between music and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.