Senior Music


The Bedford Modern School Music Faculty caters for academic music teaching in addition to providing instrumental and vocal lessons for around 375 students.

Our curriculum is designed to allow smooth progression from the Junior School through to the end of the Sixth Form ensuring that students develop their skills in performing, composing and appraising.

The Faculty has three full-time Music staff, a full-time Music Administrator as well as Visiting Music Teachers. There are excellent, modern facilities, including two classrooms, an ICT suite and 13 practice rooms. 

A music education at Bedford Modern School will develop:

  • Good physical dexterity, memory and concentration – developed in practice and performance on an instrument/voice.
  • Communication skills – developed through performing and engaging listeners with collaborative compositions;
  • Teamwork – through working in groups in class work, playing in bands or orchestras or singing in a choir;
  • Self-management – physical and mental self-discipline achieved through working with others towards the goal of a performance;
  • Performing under pressure – overcoming nervousness in order to perform well to the class;
  • Planning – organising and working towards an end of project performance;
  • Technical skills and expertise – developing instrumental techniques and the ability to play a range of instruments available in the Faculty.
  • Critical reflection – giving and receiving criticism, learning from mistakes and striving for improved performance.

Year 7 and 8 Music

Music is compulsory for Years 7 and 8. The curriculum focuses on the practical aspects of music making. Students develop their understanding of theoretical knowledge through practical activity. The topics that we cover are:

  • Learning to play a piece of music by ear;
  • Learning a popular song in groups;
  • Composing a protest song;
  • Composing film music;
  • Playing the 12 Bar Blues;
  • Composing a Rondo;
  • Learning to play Samba;
  • Composing a Popular song with a hook and/or riff;
  • Composing to an advert

Year 9 Music

Music is an optional subject in Year 9 and the course is more specialised to reflect the interest and ability of those who choose the subject. Composing and Performing music forms a fundamental part of the curriculum, and due to the limited numbers opting for the subject we are able to work in smaller groups with closer supervision. Students are encouraged to develop and extend their musical abilities to prepare them for the GCSE course.

The curriculum includes:

  • performing a popular song;
  • composing a popular song;
  • studying the concepts of minimalism;
  • developing an understanding of music technology;
  • listening and appraising music

GCSE (from September 2016)

The course is based on the requirements set out in the specification for Edexcel’s GSCE in Music. The GCSE course develops students’ understanding of a wide range of music; extends students’ interests and increases their ability to make a judgement about musical quality; develops broader life skills and attributes including creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity and cultural development.


  • Unit 1: Performing (30%)
  • Unit 2: Composing (30%)
  • Unit 3: Listening and appraising (40%)

Areas of Study

  • Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820
  • Area of Study 2: Vocal Music
  • Area of Study 3: Music for Stage and Screen
  • Area of Study 4: Fusions