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Key Stage 3

All students receive one hour of music a week and are taught in mixed ability groups. The curriculum combines listening, performing, composing and appraising and every lesson has a practical focus. Over the course of the three years, students will study a wide range of musical styles from different traditions and parts of the world. Students are introduced to the contexts in which these different styles are composed and performed and explore these styles through their own performance and composition work. Genres studied include Film Music, Classical Music, Gamelan Music and Programme Music. Students gain instrumental skills on the Keyboard, Voice and Percussion and also bring their own instruments to lessons. They are also introduced to music software, including Garageband, Mixcraft and Sibelius.

Key Stage 4

We offer the Music GCSE (currently the Edexcel syllabus) with students in Year 9 receiving 4 hours of lessons a fortnight and Year 10 and 11 receive five hours of lessons over the course of two weeks. The Edexcel course consists of a listening exam (40%) and coursework comprising two compositions (30%) and two performances (30%). Students study music from four main strands: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Film and Stage and Fusions music. Many GCSE students participate in our extra-curricular groups and frequently perform in evening concerts both in the school and in the wider community.

Key Stage 5

Vyners School also delivers the Eduqas syllabus at A2.  This course is very similar to the GCSE syllabus, comprising a listening exam (40%), however students can choose to weigh their options either towards composition or performance (one at 25% and the other 35%). In the listening paper we study three Areas of Study:

AOS A: Western Classical Tradition - this includes an in depth analysis of the history of the symphony from 1750-1900 with our main focus being Haydn’s ‘London Symphony’ No.104.

AOS C: Musicals - this includes a broad study of the topic with some more focused composers.

AOS E: Into the 20th Century - this includes a study of 20th century music including a focus on Poulenc’s ‘Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano’ and Debussy’s ‘Three Nocturnes’.

Instrumental Lessons

Parents/carers can sign up students for guitar, piano and singing lessons, by completing the forms below.

Guitar - please complete this form.

Piano/Singing - please complete this form.

Extra – curricular and enrichment programme

Vyners Music Department prides itself on delivering a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Our enrichment opportunities include:

  • Choir

  • Chamber Choir

  • Concert Band

  • Junior orchestra

  • Swing band

  • String group

  • African Drumming group

  • Samba group

  • Brass Band

  • Function Band

  • Theory Club

  • Music Technology Club

  • Woodwind Ensemble

Students are able to take part in a wide range of performance opportunities throughout the school year, with roles in our annual production and inter-house music competitions.

Our large instrumental team are able to offer instrumental and vocal provision on all orchestral instruments (strings, woodwind, brass and percussion), drum kit, piano, voice, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and saxophone and students are regularly entered for music exams with all the large music exam boards.


The Music faculty consists of 2 teaching rooms and 7 practice rooms. Practise rooms are all equipped with either a clavinova, digital or upright piano and most contain drum kits, guitars and amplifiers.Both teaching rooms are equipped with keyboard suites and one has a full class set of PC computers while the other has a full set of Macs’. We also have a newly built fully equipped recording studio with professional standard equipment and state of the art software.

Subject Leader: Mr Daniel Cullum