In module 2 this year, students will be learning the following topics in music.

  • Year 7 – Basic Instrument Skills on Ukulele and Keyboard
  • Year 8 – Theme and Variation with Bach and Beethoven
  • Year 9 – BTEC Music Technology – The Music Industry
  • Year 9 – GCSE Music – Basic Instrument Performance Skills and Music Theory
  • Year 10 – GCSE Music – Composition, Performance Coursework Preparation with Miss Miles
  • Year 10 – GCSE Music – Music Theory and Area of Study 1 with Mr Ware
  • Year 11 – GCSE Music – Composition and Performance Coursework Completion and Area of Study 2

Lessons are supported by our AV technician, a professional producer and DJ (Ministry of Sound, O2 Arena), and our learning support staff, where allocated.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students may study the following courses:

Edexcel GCSE Music

30% of the course is made up of a composition in Dance Music and one in Minimalism. The students complete 30% of their overall grade performing on an instrument with 1 piece in a group ensemble and 1 solo piece. There are other options for students on this course that are tailored to their ability or skill set, including music technology and arrangement options. 40% of the overall grade is made up of a Listening and Appraising exam, based on four areas of study, covering a total of 12 set works. Students are encouraged to be able to analyse music and draw upon their own aural perception in addition to showing an awareness of the context in which the music was written. Recent exam successes have seen a large number of students receive A*s on their composition and performance coursework including some 100% achievements.

BTEC First Award in Music (Music Technology)

This course is based on 5 units of work including The Music Industry, which is externally assessed. Internally assessed units include Managing a Music Product. Students go on to learn about Live Sound, Recording, Sequencing and are invited to participate in performance and composition work.

Key Stage 5

From September 2015, Key Stage 5 students may study the following courses:

A Level Music Technology

Students learn the art of using technology to create and recreate music for a variety of vocational scenarios including multi-track recording, sequencing, mixing and composing. There is also a log book and music technology and music theory based exam. The A2 exam includes practical exercises.

BTEC Diploma in Music Performance

Students complete 12 units to form a well-rounded musician prepared to study further or access working in the music industry. They develop a wide range of skills including composition, performance, instrument competence and also put on a festival, Leigh Fest.

Recent successes at this Key Stage have included Harry Hayward who achieved Music Technology A Level Grade A and BTEC Performance D*D*, and a number of other students who have achieved D*D* in BTEC Music have gone on to study Music and Music Technology at University.

Music Events and Shows

Photo of students in a classroom with different musical instruments.

The Leigh Academy Music Department enjoys a busy calendar of shows throughout the year including the Winter Celebration in December and Leigh Fest in July, where hundreds of people enjoy a summer music festival experience from our students performing a range of rock and pop songs.

Students also have the opportunity to attend a number of school trips throughout the year. Last year we went to see The Lion King and met a cast member and the sixth form went to The Barbican and participated in a Gamelan workshop with the resident specialist. A number of trips are in the planning process for the forthcoming year, including another trip to see a musical open to attendees of the choir.

Instrument Lessons

Your son or daughter has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. We are currently supported by the following peripatetic professional musicians who teach our students:

  • Mrs Lyn Blight: Piano and Keyboard
  • Mr Danny Rose: Drums and Percussion
  • Mr Alan Simpson: Violin and Woodwind
  • Mr James Yoxall: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin
  • Mrs Julie Wright: Voice

Instrument Lesson forms can be collected from the Music Office or your son’s or daughter’s class teacher. Lessons are paid for via parent pay once an invoice has been issued. Instruments are available for lending and practice rooms are available for practising.