KS4 Music

LHA Music Department has an outstanding record of results and through various performance opportunities and a practical curriculum, students in all focus groups perform well at GCSE level.

Recent results include:

  • Summer 2015 = 100% A*-C pass rate (5xA/A*)
  • Summer 2014 = 100% A*-C pass rate (5xA/A*)

The music department prepares its students for the AQA examination board at GCSE level. KS4 students compose 2 lengthy compositions using the Cubase SE software package and the Sibelius 2 programme. Each student is expected to perform a solo performance on an instrument of their choice, as well as an ensemble performance.


There are 5 main areas of study taught at GCSE:

  • Rhythm and Metre
  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Texture and Melody
  • Timbre and Dynamics
  • Structure and Form

These will be explored through 3 strands:

  • The Western Classical Tradition
  • Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • World Music – Caribbean, Africa, India

Students are given the opportunity to access both classical and modern musical cultures. Music ICT plays an integral part in the GCSE programme and pupils are introduced to recording techniques as well as sequencing.

Students also use the fully functioning, professional standard recording studio to record live instruments/vocals as well as learning about many aspects of Music Technology.

Further education, with the view to a career in music is introduced with visits to Newman College, Runshaw College, and Preston College.


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GCSE Music