The study of Music at Fred Longworth High School endeavours to develop and progress students’ knowledge, ability, understanding, creativity and skills required to be a successful musician. The music department strives to inspire and engage all students through a broad and balanced curriculum in Music and extra curricular activities.  


Students build on their knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. They develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressive control and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the sensitive use of musical dimensions. Students listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians and they use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

Students will be taught to:

  • play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression.
  • improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions.
  • use relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions.
  • identify and use the interrelated dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices.
  • listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians.
  • develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.

Just Play (i)

A Classroom ensemble module to build foundation skills in reading notation, playing a variety of instruments and singing. Students will perform chords and rhythmic features of a wide range of popular songs as a classroom ensemble

Just Play (ii)

This module uses the foundation skills from Just Play (i) to learn and perform more advanced chord sequences, rhythms, guitar/ukulele chords and strumming patterns. These skills are then applied to the performance of full songs and medleys as a full class ensemble.


Students will learn how to create and perform a successful mix using DJ controllers and associated software. They will be able to use Searto DJ software and controllers competently and will learn how to mix a series of tracks together and apply effects appropriately.

Band Skills 1

Students form their own Rock Band comprising of drums, keys, bass guitar, guitar and vocals. This leads to a performance on stage in front of the class in a ‘Battle of the Bands’ context.


Students will remix a popular song using Ableton Live on the computer. They will learn how to edit samples and how to create new material as a remix.


Band Skills 2

Students form their own Rock Band comprising of drums, keys, bass guitar, guitar and vocals. This leads to a performance on stage in front of the class in a ‘Battle of the Bands’ context. This is now a more advanced scheme and builds on the skills learnt in Year 7. The chord structure is now different for the verse and the chorus and there is more scope for developing and adapting the parts.

Live Lounge

Students will choose their own piece of music and change the arrangement to their preferred style. They will do this in the same approach as Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Students will critique existing performances on Radio 1 and identify how musicians have creatively arranged their song. They will source, work out and perform the individual parts as a soloist or ensemble.

Song Writing

Students learn how to compose a song and then perform their song in their chosen genre in strophic form to the class. They will write their own lyrics, chord sequence, bass line and melody using instruments of their choice.

Film Music

The module focuses on the student choosing a film clip and composing and creating the soundtrack to it on Ableton Live. Students learn musical devices that are appropriate to use in different genres of film music.


Students will compose their own rap and accompaniment using either Ableton or Cubase (using either samples that have been composed or they can create their own samples to create the accompaniment)