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The Burford Institute of Music, our music department, aims to enable all our students to reach their full potential in music. Students are supported to develop their performance, composition and listening skills in the classroom and encouraged to pursue the many extracurricular music opportunities on offer beyond it to expand their creativity and practical music-making.

These opportunities include an extensive range of clubs, orchestras and bands as well as music workshops, our annual cycle of music events and music residential. Students are also encouraged to learn an instrument while at school, including instruments deemed endangered through our Endangered Instruments Programme. For more information about extracurricular music, please click here.

Key Stage Three

Over the course of Key Stage Three, students develop a firm understanding of keyboard and notation skills and are introduced to composition techniques and music technology such as Logic and Sibelius. In Year 7 students are also introduced to the principles of singing technique and learn about the different orchestral instruments. In Year 8 students additionally study the Blues and learn to play triads. While in Year 9 students learn about musicals, film music and explore Samba.   

Throughout the Key Stage students have numerous opportunities to perform within the classroom, enabling them to refine their ensemble and performance skills and gain confidence in their music-playing and creation abilities. 


Key Stage Three Curriculum - Year 7 (Terms 3 & 4)

Key Stage Three Curriculum - Year 8 (Terms 3 & 4)

Key Stage Three Curriculum - Year 9 (Terms 3 & 4)

Key Stage Four

At Key Stage Four, we offer Music as a GCSE option to students. 

For more information, please read our Key Stage Four Curriculum Choices booklet.

Ahead of exam season, we have a Year 11 Curriculum Support Timetable in place to further support students in reaching for their potential at GCSE.

Key Stage Five

At Key Stage Five, we offer Music as an A-Level option to students. 

For more information, please read our Sixth Form Course Guide.

Head of Department

Our Head of Academic Music is Mrs Hughes.

For further information about our music curriculum, please contact Mrs Hughes.

Our Director of Music Mr Frankcom, who oversees the Burford Institute of Music and extracurricular activities, can be contacted here.