Music Department Staff

  • Mr M. Ciaputa – Teacher of Music
  • Mr A. Thomas – Brass Tutor
  • Mr C. Mather – Strings Tutor
  • Mrs D. Cull – Piano/Keyboard Tutor
  • Mr B. Grimshaw – Guitar and Drum Kit Tutor
  • Miss R. Hooton – Vocal Tutor
  • Mr A. Morel – Woodwind Tutor


The Music Department is a successful and busy department. Students at Key Stage 3 enjoy an innovative and diverse Curriculum that incorporates many different musical styles and genres that integrate listening, performing and composing. There is robust assessment throughout the key stage that follows national curriculum Level guidelines.

An example of some of the topics taught at Key Stage 3 are:

Year 7

  • Theory & Performance
  • West African Drumming
  • Elements of Music
  • Gamelan
  • Chordal Workout 1

Year 8

  • Samba Rhythms
  • Blues
  • Chordal Workout 2
  • Song Writing
  • Theme and Variations
  • Reggae

Year 9

  • Ibiza Dance Anthems
  • Band Factor

At Key Stage 4 student interest is rapidly growing. Students are taught AQA GCSE Music. This breaks down into the following components:

  • Component 1: Understanding Music – 40%
  • Component 2: Performing Music – 30%
  • Component 3: Composing Music – 30%

Students who choose this option do not have to be able to read music but must demonstrate a talent and passion for the subject.

Within the Music Department, students can choose to learn or continue with Instrumental Lessons. We provide tuition for the following:

  • Brass
  • Woodwind
  • Strings
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Piano/Keyboard

Instrumental Tuition has to be paid for at Key Stage 3 but it is free for students who choose GCSE Music at Key Stage 4.

There is an ever developing extra-curricular programme providing enrichment opportunities that not only develops musical ability but also develops confidence and students self-esteem. These include:

  • Orchestra
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Keyboard Club
  • KS3 and KS4 Rock Bands
  • Music-Tech Club
  • Musical Theatre Group

Students take part in concerts both in and out of school showcasing their talents. The department also delivers other enrichment opportunities such as taking students to see professional musicians perform in a variety of different settings, styles and genres and students take part in various workshops.

Students who have studied music at GCSE level have gone on to study at Chetham’s School of Music and have furthered their musical studies at some of the country’s top music colleges.

More Information

National Curriculum in Music (Key Stage 3) from the Department for Education