General Introduction:

Music is an extremely important part of the life and ethos of Ealing Fields High School, with live music being performed daily in assemblies and events, and all pupils encouraged to take part in wider-learning music activities. Termly concerts give all students the chance to perform. Music is taught for one period a week in mixed ability classes in Years 7 and 8 and for two periods per week for year 9. In Years 7 and 8, all students also have a specialised singing class as part of the Trust Whole-School Singing Strategy which culminates in whole year group performances in the Spring term. 12 specialist music places are available in each year, decided by the Twyford Trust Music Aptitude Tests in the Autumn before entry. Music Scholars have the opportunity to attend additional classes to enhance their musical skills, and contribute greatly to the already flourishing musical life around school. Students admitted without a specialist music place may apply in September to be an Honorary Music Scholar.


Students in year 7 to 9 study a curriculum that embraces a wide range of genres, styles and traditions, developing the disciplines of performing, composing and listening which equip them for further study.

In Year 7, students develop the tools needed to be successful performers, composers and listeners through performing (keyboard), composition and listening tasks across the following topics:

  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Elements of Music
  • Film Music

¨Rhythms of the World

In Year 8, students explore the Music of the 20th Century through a combination of performing (keyboard and guitar) composition and listening activities in the following styles:

  • Jazz and Blues
  • Swing and Rock’n’Roll
  • Soul and Rock

¨Electronic Generation

In KS4, Music is offered as GCSE option. Students can continue with keyboard or guitar or choose to perform on an instrument they have been learning alongside their classroom studies. At Ealing Fields we follow the AQA syllabus which builds on the foundational skills of perfoming, composing and listening across the following areas:

  • Western Classical Music 1650 – 1910
  • Popular Music
  • Traditional Music
  • Western Classical Music 1910 – present

Year 7 Overview:

Term One: Instruments of the Orchestra – Students will develop their note-reading and ensemble performing skills through using their instrument to perform music from Dvorak’s New World Symphony. In singing sessions, student will learn repertoire linked to Communions and the school Carol Service as well as songs written in a Western musicianship through the Kodaly system.

Term Two: Film Music – Students will explore how different musical elements are used to depict characters or themes in film music through performance, analysis and composition. In singing sessions, students will prepare and present a musical production of Oliver.

Term Three: Music for Celebration – Students will study works by Elbow, Handel and Beethoven in order to learn about different approaches to composing celebratory music. Their instrumental studies will culminate in a whole-year ‘orchestral’ playing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’. In singing, students will develop their understanding of songs in a range of styles from around the world.

KS4 Overview:

The music department offers students the opportunity to study Music at GCSE level.


As part of their induction, we will identify your child’s level of playing experience in order to place them in the appropriate ensemble. At the end of each term, your child will be given two grades:

  • Practical musicianship
  • Listening and Analysis

Extended Learning

In addition to learning an instrument as part of the music curriculum, there will be many opportunities for your child to extend their musical learning further, including:

  • School Choir
  • Vocal Consort
  • Flexi-band Orchestra for all instrumentalists
  • Guitar Club
  • School Production of Oliver in 2018-19
  • Individual and Small Group instrumental lessons

Independent Learning

It is our expectation that all students will continue their learning outside the classroom and so students will keep a musical learning workbook updated with records of their progress in and out of lessons. They will also be expected to develop their knowledge of music theory and prepare for the end of term listening exam. Students may wish to hire a musical instrument from Ealing Music Service so that they can continue their practice outside school.”