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Music is the manifestation of the human spirit, similar to language. Its greatest practitioners have conveyed to mankind things not possible to say in any other language. If we do not want these things to remain dead treasures, we must do our utmost to make the greatest possible number of people understand their idiom.

                                                                            Zoltan Kodaly

Music has always been a vital part of the traditional ceremonies and festivities of the world’s cultures. Music is a cultural keystone, giving us insight into societies that differ from one another in significant ways. Studying music rigorously and comprehensively, we learn an eloquent language, or languages, of human expression. We discover and define the aspects of music that we seem to understand immediately—in intuitive and personal ways. We learn, too, that our understanding of music is limited by our knowledge of its cultures of origin. Both our intuitive and our learned understandings of music deepen with the formal study of its history and practice.

In addition to providing a means of studying and experiencing the world’s cultures, music education at St James’ fosters and enables participation in musical expression. It gives voice to our fundamental needs for beauty and self-expression.

The music curriculum at St James’ equips our students a strong foundation in music history and in the knowledge and technical skills of musical performance.

Our music curriculum aims to increase the understanding and personal commitment required for students to sustain meaningful, lifelong relationships with music—as appreciators, or as non-professional and professional musicians.


The curriculum includes:

• Understanding of the components of artistic performance

• Understanding elements of music, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and pitch

• Listening to and participating in music as audience members and learning to

make informed choices about music and musical performances

• Create an understanding of the roles and significance of music in

various cultures and historical periods

• Utilizing musical knowledge and skills in the work and/or avocations of life

We explore various musical styles such as Blues, Indian music, pop music, graphic scores,musicals and African music.


Exam Board: OCR

The music curriculum for KS4 include:

• Further understanding of the components of solo as well as ensemble artistic performance

• Further understanding and creative use of elements of music, such as melody, harmony, texture, timbre, rhythm, dynamics and pitch as they are used in musical composition, analysis, and performance

• Listening to and analysing peers’ performances

• Create a deeper understanding of the roles and significance of music in a number of various cultures and historical periods ranging from 1600s to modern day.

The KS4 music curriculum studies include; British folk music, disco, pop ballad, tango, waltz, Irish music, salsa, DJ techniques, music technology, music theory, harmony and composition.

For more information on OCR GCSE Music and a breakdown of the whole specification including a course summary please go to: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-music-j536-from-2016/

Extra-Curricular Activities

These include:

  • Choir
  • Samba
  • Ukulele
  • GCSE Theory Club