‘To bring out the best in everyone through creative thinking and expression’


Ms J. Madden – T&L Leader of Expressive Arts Faculty

Mrs  S. Stafford – Teacher of Music

Linked Governor Miss Jane Seddon

Instrument staff

Mrs D. Cull – Piano/Keyboard

Mr J. Budworth – Guitar

Mr L. Parr – Percussion

Miss R.  Hooton – Voice

Mr M. Peacock – Brass

The Music Department aims to provide students throughout the school with a rich variety of musical experiences, which combine the three principal areas of performing, composing and listening. Music plays an important role in the daily life at Bedford, with all students being encouraged to participate in music-making and fostering musical ability at the highest level.

In Year 7 and 8 students receive Music lessons once a week, Year 9 students receive Music lessons twice a week and at GCSE students receive three lessons a week.

Students follow a structured course of half-termly projects. Through explorations of both Western Music and World Music, students will develop skills in aural perception, recognition and appreciation of musical styles and cultures. A variety of practical opportunities are built into the projects to develop performance skills in vocal and instrumental music. Students are encouraged to be creative and imaginative through composing activities. At all times, work is designed to stimulate and develop students’ awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the subject.

Aims of the Curriculum

  • Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their best in music
  • Confident individuals, who are able to perform, listen and compose safely and find healthy fulfillment from discussing creative ideas
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to an increasing creative society.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Long term plan

TermTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 7Elements of MusicIntroduction to KeyboardInstruments of the OrchestraIntroduction to Classical Music:Ground bassSamba MusicIndian Music
Year 8Term 1Term 2Term 3
Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
African MusicBlues MusicRap MusicPop MusicClassical Music:Theme and VariationsDevelopment of skills on Garageband

GCSE Music

AQA GCSE Music   ?

The specification requires candidates to develop their ability in performing and composing, and to develop their listening and appraising skills.

The specification contains four Areas of Study, which define the subject content, through which candidates develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • The use of musical elements, devices, tonalities and structures.
  • The use of resources, conventions, processes, music technology and relevant notations, including staff notation.
  • The contextual influences that affect the way music is created, performed and heard including the effect of different intentions, uses, venues, occasions, available resources and the cultural environment.

How can you help your child?

  • Ensure your child is practising their instrument for at least 20 minutes four times a week.
  • Encourage your child to attend extra-curricular activities. These will develop your child’s performing and listening skills.
  • Check your child’s diary each week. It is very important that coursework is kept up to date and homework is being completed.
  • If you have any problems or queries please contact us!

KS4 Long term plan

TermTerm 1Term 2 Term 3
Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1Summer 2
Year 9   Reggae Music Elements of Music – specific GCSE theory     Instruments of the Orchestra Baroque Orchestral Music Chamber Music     Indian Music Musical Theatre    Classical Music:The Concerto The Sonata Film Music   Rock Music Hip hop Music Blues Music   
Coursework deadlinesSolo performanceComposition 1Group performance/Composition 2
Year 10Term 1Term 2Term 3
Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Overview of course Introduction to 5 areas of study African MusicCore theory  Music for voicesRock Music Hip hop Music Blues Music Classical Music:The Concerto The Sonata Indian Music  Chamber Music Baroque Orchestral MusicFilm Music
Coursework deadlinesSolo performanceComposition 1Group performance
Year 11Term 1Term 2Term 3
Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1
 Musical Theatre Reggae Music Each area of study applying each element to every genre of Music. Each area of study applying each element to every genre of Music. Revision Recording of any coursework. Revision Exam prep 
Coursework deadlinesComposition & appraisalCompletion of all coursework


LunchBedford VoicesRock SchoolSoul Band  Ukulele ClubMusic Club  Samba Club/
After schoolBrass ClubGCSE catch up GCSE catch up//

Instrumental Tuition

Along with classroom Music teaching, the instrumental teaching service is now well established at Bedford High School, with over 50 players learning, from beginners through to advanced players in the Upper Grades.

We are very proud of our Instrumental Teachers at Bedford, who carry out the tuition with great enthusiasm and commitment. Tuition is provided through Wigan Instrumental Service, and all teachers are highly qualified and experienced in instrumental tuition. Students are encouraged to take grade examinations when appropriate. The teaching service is supported by a full range of extra-curricular including and we expect students to join these as soon as possible.

The service is a fee-paying one, however it is subsided by the school. Students have a 15 minute individual weekly lesson, the time of which is rotated so as to avoid missing the same curriculum lesson each week. The cost of lessons is currently:

£5.00 per 15 minute lesson

On average a 12 week term would cost £60.00. GCSE Music students or pupil premium children are currently paid for by school.

Terms and Conditions:

  • You will receive an invoice at the beginning of each term which will need to be paid either by cash, cheque payable to Bedford High School or online using Wisepay (please email the school if you do not have log-in details).
  • The deadline for payment is two weeks from when this letter is posted.
  • If payment is not received in the next two weeks lessons will automatically be suspended until a satisfactory resolution can be found. If for any reason you may have a problem paying for lessons please contact the school.
  • If your child wishes to stop their lessons, they must give a half terms notice in writing to Ms Madden in the Music Department.
  • If your child misses two lessons during a half term due to ‘forgetfulness’ their lessons will be cancelled. Being absent from school will not count in this.
  • If students have an exam or appointment and cannot attend their lesson, they must see Ms Madden and let her know. We may be able to swap times with another student.
  • Students must practise at least 20mins four times a week; this will ensure they are making good progress on their chosen instrument.

All the main instruments are taught – flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophones, all brass, violin, cello, electric and acoustic guitar, drum kit, voice, piano and keyboard.

Please contact Ms Madden – Teaching and Learning Leader Expressive Arts Faculty
on 01942 486386

Useful Links


Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information