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All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of Music. The Department is made up by Three specialist teacher and supported by a technician who are fully committed to the education of the pupils:

  • Mr. F Mallinson - Subject Leader of Music

  • Miss. S McMinn - Teacher of Music
  • Mrs. C Foster - Teacher of Music (P/T)


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What is GCSE Music all about?

GCSE Music is about making and listening to music. It covers performing, composing and listening in a wide variety of musical styles and offers opportunities to use music technology such as sequencing and recording.

Will I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that: is largely practical (60% involves practical music-making); allows you to be creative; gives you the opportunity to play music with others in e.g., rock groups, bands, orchestras or local choirs; gives you the opportunity to learn more about and use music technology.

What could I do next with GCSE Music?

GCSE Music prepares you well for AS/A Levels in Music and Music Technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas (in Music, Popular Music and Music Technology) and the Vocational A-Level in Performing Arts. You may wish to take a GCSE in Music simply because you enjoy it, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or because you wish to go into a job in music or the Arts (e.g. the music industry, publishing, entertainment, teaching, events management, front of house etc.). Music also gives you broader experiences that are valued in many other professions that require you to show good teamwork, communication and expressive skills as well as commitment, confidence and creativity.

What will I study?

You will learn about different styles of music from different eras and different parts of the world by studying set works. These are divided up into four areas of study:ÂÂ

Western classical music 1600-1899

Music in the 20th century

Popular music in context

World music

The course structure is outlined below:

Components Weighting Assessment Description

Performance 30% Coursework Perform 2 pieces on any instrument, in any style.  One solo, one ensemble

Composition 30% Coursework Compose 2 pieces of music from different areas of study

Listening 40% Examination One and a half hour exam based on pieces of music you have studied throughout the course

Examination Board: Edexcel Syllabus Code: 2MU01

Head of Department: Mr. F. Mallinson






You will continue to study Performing, Composing and Listening. During the course, there will be lots of performing opportunities and you will give a solo performance at the end of the course. You will study many different styles of music and use this to compose, answer listening questions and respond to structured questions.



Music is a practical subject and all areas of the course will be approached through the practical activities of listening, performing and composing. You need discipline for rehearsing performances, research skills for analysis but, above all, musicality and a love of music of all kinds.



The Music Suite is a fantastic resource for the study of A-level music. It has a suite of practice rooms, an acoustically flattering performance area, a varied selection of scores and recordings and a recording studio. The Music Department has cutting edge technology to help realise your compositions and to help with Harmonic exercises.

The department has strong links with the CBSO and we regularly take A-level students to Symphony Hall for a variety of concerts and master classes and, where possible, musicians are invited to school to give lectures and workshops.



Music courses at degree level are very diverse, offering students the chance to specialise in a chosen career path. Degrees may include courses on technology, music therapy, arts administration, performance and the study of more traditional musical skills.



Music Technology Degrees Performance Degrees/Diplomas Combined Arts Degrees.



Music has now been taught at this school for the past 16 years and is a well-established part of the curriculum. We do share the modules of this subject with the Music department from Haybridge. Being able to offer such a wealth of expertise and experience from two departments is a huge advantage for our students.

Many of our music students have gone on to read music at degree level. Students have gone on to pursue careers related to music such as teaching at primary level with specialism in music, secondary school music teaching and working in recording studios.



Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, other arts subjects such as Drama, Art. Music provides a balance to any combination of A-levels.



A grade B or above in Music would be desirable.

You should also be able to sing or play to at least Grade IV level.








This is mainly a practical subject. Students will study sequencing and recording techniques. Each student creates a portfolio of work to be sent to the board.

The course is suitable for all good musicians, from rock to classical with an interest in recording and manipulating sound using various types of musical technology. It provides the opportunity to build on your composing, arranging and listening skills.

The main entrance requirement is that students should have an interest in and experience of using recording technology (computer or studio based) to capture and edit sound. Students should be able to show evidence of their skills in this area, Students should have good aural skills and the ability to read and use conventional notation. In addition should have an interest in a variety of different popular musical styles, good ICT skills and a hard working attitude. Although they will not be assessed on their instrumental skills although some practical performance expertise would be useful.



This course is based largely around practical activity, supported by guided listening and music technology theory. Around 75% your time will be spent arranging and recording music. Teaching is in small groups and students need to be able to work independently and collaboratively. It must be pointed out that there will be very regular deadlines and most of the work can only be done in the Music Technology rooms. This will impact upon your private study time.



The course is very popular and results and coursework is of a very high standard. We work closely with engineers in the industry and our students have opportunities to visit and attend workshops to enhance their learning. All practical aspects of this course will be taught at Hagley which has state of the art equipment. This includes a suite of Apple Mac computers running Logic and Sibelius software. The department also has a recording studio with a “live” booth and a wide range of microphones. The theoretical aspect of the paper is delivered at Haybridge and both departments work closely together so our students get the very best from the course.



A number of students continue their study into Music Technology at University. This year destinations have included Leeds and Brighton.



Advanced Level Music is the stepping stone for further study of Music Technology or Performing Arts at Higher National or Degree Level. It can also help in a career in the music industry or in a technology/computer orientated career.



This is a new subject to study at A-level. Last year, every student reached or improved on their target grade. All students who have taken the course in the last three years has passed with many achieving the higher A and B grades.




There are no Level 2 subject specific entrance requirements, but a good pass in a level 2 qualification in music, e.g. Music grade A* - B, would prove useful.

Music Extra Curricular Activities



Before School 8am

Lunchtime 12 till 12.45

After School 3.35 till 4.30

Music 1

Music 2

Music 1

Music 2



Irish Band


Year 7 Band

GCSE Music Session (- 5pm)


Samba Drumming


Year 10 Band

Toot Toots

Reggae Band




Year 9 Band

GCSE Music Session





Year 8 Band

GCSE Music Session


Junior/ Senior Orchestra








Remember.... if you learn an Orchestral Instrument in school you MUST attend Orchestra on Thursday after school

and every student having music lessons in school must attend at least one of these activities / week


Music is a strength of our school and we provide many opportunities for our pupils and support them in developing their musical abilities and talents. Below is information regarding instrument lessons at Hagley for 2017, that we hope you will find useful.

The cost for instrumental Lessons from September 2017 per term are:
Group Size
Lesson Duration
Fees Per Term
Instruments Offered
30 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes


Please note group lessons can only be an option if there are other students learning the same instrument and at a similar standard.  If this is not the case, your child will be required to have a 20-minute individual at a cost of a £146 per term.  Percussion and Brass instrument require an individual lesson.

If a teacher is absent, this is made up on at alternative date. If this is not possible, a reduction on your next invoice will be made. Reimbursement will not be made for missed lessons due to childs illness, absence or forgetfulness.

If you wish your child  to start instrumental lessons with us in September, please pay through ParentPay which is accessible on our school website and write in the notes field what instrument your child plays, what grade they are and what lesson they require - 30 minute group, 20 or 30 minute individual . Any concerns or issues please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hire cost of woodwind, brass and string instruments are £32 per term available to hire from Worcestershire Youth Music.  Either order on line at or phone 01905 425611.
Lessons are paid for a term in advance. You will receive an email near the end of each term to remind you that payment is due for next terms lessons. It is essential that lessons are paid for by the payment date given on the email, as we have to request teaching time from Worcestershire Music. Payment for lessons must be paid for through ParentPay, which is located on our school website. If you do not wish your child to continue with their music lessons in school, a terms notice is required as the school is charged by Worcester Music a term in advance.

Privately owned instruments must be covered by your own insurance policy no responsibility can be taken for instruments damaged, lost or mislaid on school premises.

Music Tuition Agreement

Playing music in an ensemble is an essential and invaluable part of learning to play an instrument. It reinforces and builds upon what has been taught in lessons as well as offering students exciting opportunities to perform and develop team building skills. Invariably, students who regularly attend a musical ensemble make quicker progress than students who do not. Given the financial cost of the school lessons to yourselves and the fact that students often have to miss curriculum time in order to attend the lessons, our aim is to maximise the benefit of the lessons by insisting that each student attends an ensemble rehearsal each week.

Each student is required to enter an agreement with the school to show, they will make full use of the performing opportunities offered by regularly attending at least one of the school ensembles. We withhold the right to withdraw lessons at the end of a term should attendance of an ensemble fall below an acceptable level. If circumstances necessitate missing the odd rehearsal, please send in a note so that we are aware of any unavoidable situations. If transport is difficult, it may be possible to share lifts with another student travelling in the same direction. We look forward to a productive and musical year and to meeting you in the autumn term.


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