What is the Intent of the Music Curriculum?

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”         – Plato


Music is taught at all Key Stages at the Marsh Academy and the curriculum seeks to ignite the creativity and passion for music for all students regardless of their ability. It allows students to explore a world without words and express themselves in a different way. Across Key Stage 3, students will explore a range of different genres and styles in addition to the history and cultural significance behind them. Students will develop their abilities on a range of instruments from percussion to piano and guitars to glockenspiels. Students will develop an understanding of how music is made, interpreted and utilised in previous cultures and the modern day. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the music industry and develop an understanding of how music can create an atmosphere in film and television. By learning music in this way, students will gain an understanding of the reason behind music and the benefits it has brought to the human race throughout history.


Music is taught looking at the key elements of the Model Music Curriculum. Throughout the course of Key Stage Three students will develop their performance skills and gain confidence in solo and ensemble settings. Students will learn the technique of improvisation and how this can then be used to compose extended pieces of music. Whilst looking at this area students will explore the genres linking to improvisation and explore The Blues as a base for improvisational experimentation. Students will gain an understanding of the musical elements upon starting at The Marsh Academy, learning about notation and how it is used to inform musicians of what and how to play a piece. Students will also develop this knowledge whilst learning the piano to play pieces of music scored on a staff.

Students will continue to develop their notation knowledge into Year 9 when they are introduced to Tablature for guitars and ukuleles. Students will experience a range of genres and styles, analyse its’ key components, and discover the influences various music has had on what we listen to today. Students have the opportunity to continue with their music studies into Key Stage 4 and 5 through the RSL vocational qualifications to refine their knowledge on a chosen instrument and explore the music industry in more depth.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their vocal ability in each unit that they undertake. Singing has been proven to improve mental and physical health by releasing endorphins that relieve stress and muscle tension. Students will develop their ensemble skills throughout their time at Marsh Academy and develop the skills needed for working with others in the working world beyond school. The Marsh Academy offers instrumental lessons through Kent Music and provides students with lessons at KS4 if undertaking the Level 2 qualification. This ensures that all students who choose to pursue music at KS4 are supported to develop their skills and passion regardless of their background.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Key Stage 5 (Post-16)