Head of Department: David Force

Through a curriculum of wide ranging musical activities the Music Department at Saint Ronan’s aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to:

• Develop their understanding and appreciation of music
• Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music
• Enjoy opportunities for music performances in formal and informal settings
• Create and organise sounds in composition projects in order to express ideas and feelings through music
• Extend their own interests and talents through individual music tuition
• Participate in small specialist ensembles to support instrumental study
• Develop co-operative attitudes and personal skills in choirs and orchestras
• Develop skills, attitudes and attributes that support learning in other subjects e.g. listening skills, concentration, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perserverence, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

The interrelated skills of listening, performing, appraising and composing are developed within the units of study presented here.





Class 3


Notation – Note values and their rests
Beats grouped in 4s 
Rondo Form 
Autumn and Harvest
Weather Report Compositions
The Nutcracker
Christmas Music
Recorder B A G
Notation – Note values and their rests
Beats grouped in 4s
Notation – Pitches B A G C
String Family 
Folk Dancing
Tuned Percussion work
Improvising accompaniments 
Recorder B A G C
Notation –Note values and their rests
Notation – Pitches B A G C D
Beats Grouped in 3s
Creative movement
Homemade Instrument project
Improvisation and Fanfares
Recorder B A G C D

Class 4


Notation –Treble clef pitches
Notation – Beats grouped in 2, 3 and 4
Brahms – Hungarian Dance 
No 5
Vivaldi – Autumn from the Four Seasons
Autumn and Harvest
Christmas Music
Recorder B A G C D E D
Notation -Treble clef pitches
Notation – Time signatures
Folk Dancing
Chinese New Year Compositions
Pentatonic Scale
Tuned percussion work
Recorder Compositions
Recorder Karate
Notation – Treble clef pitches
Notation – dotted notes
Fun with Xylophones 
The Orchestra – families
Carnival of the Animals 
Active listening and composition project
Rhythmic Ostinatos
Cross Curricular Week
Recorder Ensemble work


Keyboard Instruments
The Harpsichord
The Piano
The Organ

Brass Instruments
The Trumpet
The French Horn
The Trombone
Brass demos
Brass try-outs

Keyboard Course

Fanfare Composition

Woodwind Instruments
The Flute
The Oboe
The Clarinet
The Bassoon

Keyboard Course

Stringed Instruments
The Violin
The Viola
The Cello
The Double Bass
The Harp

Renaissance Instruments
Renaissance Woodwinds
Rebec, psaltery and harp

Classroom Band




The Baroque Period
Baroque research
Bach at Weimar
Brandenburg I
Handel in London
Zadok the Priest
Melody Composition

The Classical Period
Mozart in Vienna
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Rondo Form
Rondo Composition
Haydn Symphonies

Classroom Band

Arias and Choruses
The Magic Flute
Marriage of Figaro
William Tell

Classroom Band

Music for Dance
Medieval Dances
Renaissance Dances
Baroque Dances
Latin American Dance
Dance composition

Classroom Band




The Romantic Period
Beethoven 6
Fur Elise
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Romeo and Juliet
The Nutcracker

Classroom Band

Modern Music
Graphic Scores
Score Interpretations
John Adams
Pointillist Composition

Classroom Band

Words and Music
Metre and Rhythm
Mood and Meaning
Art Songs
Lyric writing
Song composition


Classroom Band




Jazz, Rock and Roll
Trad Jazz
Jazz Research
The Blues
Rock and Roll
Blue Suede Shoes
Spot the Difference

Classroom Band

Pop Music
Song composition

Classroom Band

Film Music
In the Studio
Battle of Britain
Movie Remakes
Recording techniques
Silent Movie Soundtrack

Classroom Band