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The Music Department aims to increase pupils’ understanding and appreciation of music of every kind through listening, composing and performing. The subject is taught as a series of topics focusing on the elements of music e.g. pitch, rhythm, harmony, etc., their application in a variety of styles and group practical work with appraisal, covering topics such as: Rhythm, Beat & Ostinato; African Music; Samba; Pitch Notation; Gamelan Music; Instruments of the Orchestra; Popular Music & Arrangements; Film Music; Scales from Around the World; Blues; and Music Technology.
The course is designed to cater for all abilities, enabling every pupil to experience a sense of achievement in this wide-ranging subject.


YearCycle 1Cycle 2Cycle 3Cycle 4

I’ve Got Rhythm!

Samba / African Drumming


Note Values

Scales and Things

Intro to the Keyboard

Music for special occasions


Composing to a


Graphic scores

Know Your Chords!

Blues music

Keyboard / Guitar / Ukulele


In the Mood!


Using leitmotif

Find your voice

Beat Boxing

Vocal technique

Our Musical stories


Intro to song-writing

How to compose an effective song using the elements of music



Working with Ostinati

Working as an ensemble

Popular Music

Identifying changing styles in Popular



The Beatles

Instruments of the Orchestra

Keyboard skills

Film Music

Working with harmony & tonality

Foley Sound


Our Mission and Values

“Therefore learn as if to live forever; live as if to die tomorrow” (St Edmund of Abingdon)

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Trust Information

St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.