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Curriculum Rationale: Music

Our music curriculum aims to give students the opportunity to embody their creativity through the universal language of music. Students will develop their musical skills, not only as a performer, but also as a composer. 

The music curriculum aims to help students appreciate and understand a large variety of musical styles and genres, not only from listening to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians, but from learning about the historical context and traditions of the musical pieces.

Our music curriculum helps develop an understanding of the relationship between the audience, the composer and the performer. 

We aim to ensure that all our pupils who are disadvantaged or have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have access to a carefully planned curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide pupils with SEND with explicit systematic teaching and rehearsal of knowledge. We also ensure that these pupils have the time they need to study important subject content in music.

Curriculum Intent: Music

The King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool music curriculum has been developed to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence 

  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Year 7 curriculum overview

Year 8 curriculum overview

Year 9 curriculum overview

For each curriculum overview, additional documentation is available upon request. This documentation outlines more precisely the exact subject knowledge that your child must know and remember. These documents also include the types of teaching activities that subject staff have chosen to help your son/daughter learn the curriculum here at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool.


In order to check of how well our pupils are learning the curriculum, teachers use a full range of assessment techniques. This includes diagnostic questions to reveal your child’s preconceptions and common misunderstandings in music questioning and end of topic/learning cycle assessments.