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Uxbridge High School

There are two full time staff in the Music curriculum area and seven Peripatetic staff, who teach various instruments, including Percussion, Piano, Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Indian Instruments, Strings and singing. 

There are also many musical groups that have been formed within the school and these include Vocal groups, Percussion, Brass and String emsembles and more.

Music is taught to all students at KS3 (National Curriculum Music), KS4 (GCSE Music and BTEC First Award in Music Level 1/2) and Sixth Form (BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts).

In music lessons students play and perform in a range of solo and ensemble contexts, using their voice and playing instruments.  They improvise and compose music and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions. 

Students use staff and other relevant music notations and use inter-related dimensions of music including the use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devises.  Students listen to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians.


There are two full time teaching staff members in the music curriculum area and we use six peripatetic music teachers for strings, brass, woodwind, piano, singing, percussion and guitar lessons.

key stage 3

Key Stage 3 music follow a progressive course, which allows students to investigate a wide variety of musical styles whilst developing composition, performing, listening and appraising skills. All students are encouraged to develop vocal and instrumental skills, with particular focus on keyboard work. Students also use sophisticated computer programmes to create and record their work.

key stage 4

GCSE music consists of one externally examined paper (Appraising) and two non-examined assessments (Performing and Composing). Students learn to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music.  The ability to make music individually and as part of a group is developed throughout the course.

Exam Board - Edexcel

Coursework - 60%

Exam - 40%

key stage 5

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) is a 60 credit and 360 guided learning hour qualification, that consists of two mandatory units plus optional units. The music units in this qualification focus primarily on singing techniques and performance for actors and dancers.

Exam Board - Edexcel

Coursework - 100%

extra curricular

Students participate in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar, Indian instruments and vocal ensemble groups.