February Half Term - School finishes normal time. Term 4 starts on Monday 24th February - Have a lovely half term
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Theme of the week is: Celebration


Subject teachers:


Miss Stephanie Gammon (Subject Leader of Music)


Mrs Alison Henderson (Music Teacher)


Peripatetic instrumental staff



Key Stage 3

Students receive weekly music lessons at Key Stage 3, which focus on performance, composition and listening skills. Lessons allow students to engage with a wide variety of musical genres, as well as learn skills on different musical instruments, expanding their musical knowledge in the process. They also gain an understanding of music theory from the outset.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

  • Keyboard Skills
  • Vocal Skills
  • Ukulele


  • African Drumming
  • The Blues
  • Programme Music
  • Musical Theatre


  • Samba
  • Electronic Dance Music
  • Pop Bands
  • Film Music


During year 9, students have the option to choose to study GCSE Music; a prerequisite of A Level Music. It is recommended that students have reached Grade 3 standard in one or more instruments/voice by the end of year 9 if they are selecting music at GCSE.


Key Stage 4: Edexcel GCSE Music

At GCSE students have the opportunity to further explore and develop their musical skills. During the course there is more emphasis on individual study, with a large coursework element consisting of performance and composition. Once again students study a wide variety of genres and they analyse set works, in preparation for the listening exam at the end of year 11.

In addition, there are extra weekly music theory lessons available for students to gain ABRSM Grade 5 Theory. This will improve their understanding of harmony but will also allow them to access the higher instrumental grades in the future.

The music department are currently looking to introduce BTEC First Award in Music at Key Stage 4 as an alternative to GCSE. This course is vocational and gives students practical experience of music product development, events management and music technology.


Key Stage 5: AQA Music A Level

The A Level course continues to develop students’ musical knowledge and analytical skills. This academic course consists of listening and appraising (40%), composition (25%) and performance (35%). Throughout the course we hope to work closely with external agencies to further enhance students’ musical experiences. During the course, students have to compose two pieces of music, one to a set brief and one as a ‘free’ composition. They also have to perform a 10-15 minute recital on their main instrument. It is expected that by Year 13, students are a minimum of Grade 6 standard on their main instrument/voice. Whether students decide to study Music at university or choose a different subject, the skills developed during this course are highly sought after.



Alongside curriculum music lessons, the music department at FCC also provides extracurricular provision including, FCC Singers, Boys Choir, African Drumming Club and Ukulele Group. Concerts are organised throughout the year within the community as well as within school, providing students with an opportunity to perform in front of outside audiences, friends, family and fellow students.

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Biannually, the music, drama and dance departments join forces to stage a school musical. Previous shows have included: Annie, Grease and Back to the 80s. Our production in 2019 is Popstars – The 90s Musical.

Students can also access individual instrumental lessons with our peripatetic staff. For more information either look at the relevant provider’s website or contact Miss Gammon for more information.









Joanna Peacock


Cello/ Double Bass

Mrs Elizabeth Parkin

Oxfordshire Music Service


Mr John King/ Susan Cooke



Mr John King/ Susan Cooke



Mr John King/ Susan Cooke



Ms Elizabeth Livsey

Oxfordshire Music Service


Ms Elizabeth Livsey

Oxfordshire Music Service


Ms Elizabeth Livsey

Oxfordshire Music Service


Ms Elizabeth Livsey

Oxfordshire Music Service


Mrs Lorraine Chapman



Miss Lucy Bosley

Swindon Music Cooperative

Acoustic Guitar/ Bass Guitar/ Electric Guitar

Mr Graham Barlow


Classical Guitar

Mr Robert Jack

Swindon Music Coopertive

Drum Kit

Mr Martin Ranscombe

Swindon Music Cooperative

Music Theory (Grade 1 and Grade 5)

Mrs Sheila Knowles



Extra Curricular