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Orchard School Bristol


Music: What’s it all about?

The musical experience at Orchard School follows a broad and diverse curriculum which is laid out in a ‘student learning’ journey. Students are introduced to the elements of music, and develop their knowledge and understanding through appraising, composing and performing in Years 7 and 8.

In Year 9 students can choose music as an option in Performing Arts. Gifted musicians can access individual tutors outside the curriculum and during enrichment time. At KS4 the students can choose to take Performing Arts, Music Technology NCFE Vcert or Music GCSE, which equips them with the skills and qualifications they need to embark on further study at college or university.

IN BRIEF: Music is the art of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

Curriculum cotnent

Our students have 2 lessons per week of Performing Arts (Music and Drama) at Key Stage 3.
If they have chosen to study Music or Drama at Key Stage 4, they have 3 lessons a week.
You can click these links to view our Performing Arts curriculum content overviews:
Year 7Year 8Year 9 
Year 10 Music  
Year 11 Music 


  • Giles Butcher, BA (Hons) Fine Art, PGCE Head of Faculty: Performing Arts & Music