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Many students prepare for and are successful in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations.

The Music Department at Notre Dame is a very busy place! Alongside lessons for Years 7 - 9 and the GCSE (OCR) course, we have individual lessons available after school from visiting teachers for girls who wish to have tuition in Singing, Violin and Piano.

The KS3 Music Curriculum incorporates a balance of Performing, Composing and Evaluating.

In Year 7 our termly modules are: An Introduction to Music Making, Music around the World and Elements of Music.

In Year 8 we explore Raps, Rhythms and Riffs, Structure and Form with Garageband software and Hana’s Suitcase; a joint project with Drama focusing on composing Programmatic Music.

In Year 9 we improve piano skills through the 12 Bar Blues, look at the history of Popular Music and present with Drama ‘The Beauty Project’.

In KS4 we follow the OCR GCSE Music course. Students prepare performances and compositions and explore four Areas of Study: The Concerto through Time, Film Music, Conventions of Pop Music and World Music.

Notre Dame Singers

Notre Dame Singers meet every Friday, open to all years with no audition. We have many opportunities for performing in School Masses and services. In addition, in the Autumn Term we lead the singing for St Francis of Assisi and Armistice services and sing carols at St Thomas’ Hospital, and we present An Evening of Carols and Readings for Christmas at St George's Cathedral. In the Spring Term we host the Women’s World Day of Prayer, and in the Summer Term we present our Performing Arts Summer Show.

Subject Content by Year


Autumn  1+2

Spring 1+2

Summer 1+2

Year 7

Introduction to MusicMaking

Christmas carol

Music around the World

China, Japan, Africa

Elements of Music


Eurovision song

Year 8

Raps, Riff and Rhythms

Notation, Samba

Structure and Form



Programme Music

Hana’s Suitcase

Composition and Performance


Year 9

12 Bar Blues

Piano skills



History of Popular music

 Garageband (extension)

The Beauty Project


Composition and Performance

Year 10

The concerto through time (AOS 2)

Integrated tasks (AOS 1)


Film Music (AOS 4)

Integrated tasks

Conventions of Pop (AOS 5)



Integrated tasks

Practical Portfolio

(AOS 1)

Year 11

Rhythms of the world (AOS 3)

PPE Revision

Practical Portfolio


Review and revisit

Integrated tasks practical Portfolio



Listening Paper

GCSE MUSIC Online Revision websites: