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Southfields Academy

Southfields Academy


Teacher contact details 


Key Stage 3 

Contact Teacher:

Mr C Pinder (Head of Music)

Mr F Quadraruopolo

Grouping/organisation/setting/teaching time:

Students are taught in tutor groups 1 hour per week.  There is no setting by ability.  During lessons Tutor Groups work as a class, individually (solo) or in Ensembles (duet, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet and peer groups).

Course Content/Skills Learnt:   

  • 18 modules based on developing knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening to “World Music”.
  • Focus on developing keyboard technique and vocal skills.
  • Understanding key music features: Texture, Rhythm, Pitch, Timbre, Dynamics and Tempo.
  • Self-confidence and sensitivity toward others.
  • Communication skills, working with others and leadership skills.
  • Listening skills, numeracy, and literacy, cultural understanding, critical understanding, creativity and communication.


Students are assessed based on the National Curriculum Programme of study for Key Stage 3 and the students’ attainment levels.

Books/other materials/useful websites to visit/field trips etc:

OCR Key Stage 3 and 4 guides, and


Students are encouraged to rehearse practical class work.  Tasks related to class work.

How parents can help:

Buy your child a keyboard, listen to their instrumental practice and encourage your child to listen to a wide range of differing music styles.

Key Stage 4

Music GCSE



Qualification type


For more information speak to

Mr Pinder / Mr Quadraruopolo


Students can either learn to play traditional musical instruments such as the keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, piano or to sing. They can also record, sequence and realise pieces of music using music ICT on Apple Mac computers running Logic X as a sequencer. Students will be encouraged to use ‘Youtube’ tutorials as a means of independent study and to further develop their musicianship skills.

The OCR GCSE course is divided as follows:

Performance on the learner’s chosen instrument.

Composition to a brief set by the learner.

Integrated portfolio

(01 or 02)

Non-exam assessment

30% of total GCSE

Ensemble performance.

Composition to an OCR set brief.

Practical component

(03 or 04)

Non-exam assessment

30% of total GCSE

Key Stage 5 

The music department does not currently offer Key Stage 5 courses.