At The Petchey Academy, Music lessons give the students the opportunity to develop their musicality through the mediums of listening, composing and performing. Students are encouraged to be creative and are given the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively with their peers in class to develop within themselves a sense of musicianship, culture and confidence. Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously, and we truly believe that our students are much more fulfilled at The Petchey Academy as a result of their musical education.

We have a thriving Instrumental Learning Programme in the academy that offers students an opportunity to learn a range of instrumental lessons given by highly skilled, professional musicians. Students from any year at the academy can learn an instrument, which enhances their opportunities to play in extra-curricular ensembles, and take part in performances and trips throughout the year. In addition, we also run various extra-curricular clubs for students to join free of charge including Junior and Senior Bands and Choirs, and Guitar Club. Through having Music lessons, students develop confidence and gain the key transferable skills to prepare them for life in and beyond The Petchey Academy.

Music is a very popular subject at GCSE, with a significant number of students opting to choose it. The subject follows the AQA exam specification and students complete 4 units during the course:

Unit 1 – Listening Exam (20%)

Unit 2 – Composition and Appraisal (20%)

Unit 3 – Solo and Ensemble Performance (40%)

Unit 4 – Composition (20%)

The GCSE course allows for students to creatively express themselves though performance, and composition. They gain a much deeper knowledge of the History of Music, and an understanding of musical traditions and performance styles.