'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)




To develop learners who can:

  • Work well with others
  • Work independently to improve skills via determination and problem solving
  • Use creative skills
  • Appreciate a wide range of diverse musical styles


  • A curriculum which implements the key skills of listening, performing and composing
  • A curriculum that gives pupils a wide range of musical experiences
  • A practical based curriculum, focusing on group and individual skills


  • Pupils who are able to join higher education or the workforce with creative skills, independence, and the ability to work with and lead others
  • Pupils who can appreciate and understand different cultures and how music has evolved
  • Confident pupils who are resilient and able to break through challenges

Approach to Teaching

Music is taught to all pupils in KS3 for one hour a week and five hours a fortnight in KS4. The music curriculum is aimed towards developing a variety of practical skills within the context of a musical style, device or genre. Pupils are encouraged to work independently to refine their skills but also collaborate and contribute to create confident group performances and compositions. Pupils receive regular verbal and written feedback as well as being encouraged to evaluate their own work and others. Group work, perseverance and development of self-confidence are skills transferable across other subjects.

The music department has a rich extra-curricular programme including choir,  band,  flute ensemble, samba and music theory classes. Pupils perform regularly in school celebrations as well as partaking in city wide events. Pupils contribute musically to the spiritual life of the school through assembly music and music for masses. In September 2018, pupils travelled to London and performed a fantastic concert in Covent Garden. The music department work closely with the other performing arts subjects throughout the school year culminating in a successful, professional school production each summer.

We have a strong and committed team of peripatetic teachers offering lessons in most instruments. Pupils receive individual 20 minute lessons per week throughout each term. 

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)


Year 7:

Who Knows?, Rhythm, Keyboard Skills, Singing Monsters The Elements of Music, Variations, Film Music, Samba, RaiseYour Voice.

Year 8:

Bass Riffs, Chords, African Drumming, Sea Shanties, Pachelbel’s Canon, Reggae, Film Music.

Year 9:

 Recycling,  Blues Music, Music For Adverts, Video Game Music, Blinding Lights, Dance Music.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)


RSL Music Practitioner Level 2  


Musical Knowledge

  • 20% of final mark
  • Throughout the course you will study a variety of genres of music an d music theory.
  • You will take your ABRSM Grade 1 theory exam.
  • This unit is internally assessed by a written project in the summer term of Year 10.
  • Task 1 involves researching and presenting information on 2 popular styles of music.
  • Task 2 is the analysis of the musical elements of a popular song.

 Performing Music

  • 40% of final mark
  • In this unit you have to perform pieces of music lasting a total of 10-15 minutes to a live audience.
  • You can perform any piece of music, on any instrument, solo or ensemble. The pieces have to fit with the theme / brief set by the exam board. 
  • This unit requires you to write a detailed rehearsal plan, overview of the performance and an evaluation of the final performance. 
  • This unit is assessed externally in the Spring term of Year 11.

 Composing Music

  • 40% of final mark
  • You will compose a piece of music in a popular style lasting between 2.5 & 5 minutes.
  • A musical 'score' and composition is required and a written evaluation of the finished piece.

You can music technology to help you compose. (I would recommend downloading musescore / bandlab at home).


Grade 1 Theory

Pupils have the opportunity in Year 10 to sit ABRSM Grade 1 theory exam in Year 10 to give them a grounding in basic music staff and rhythm notation, chords & scales, intervals and music terms & signs. 


100% PASS 





Instrumental Lessons at St Edmund's

Instrumental lessons are offered weekly for pupils for Woodwind, Brass, Guitar (electric/acoustic/bass), Drum Kit, Piano. Strings and Voice.

Lessons are charged at £90 per term for 10 individual lessons.


Pupils can collect a letter from Mrs Toogood in room 139 or download above to sign up for lessons. Reply slips must be returned by Wednesday 15th September.  


 Any enquiries, please contact carolyn.toogood@saintedmunds.org.uk

Music Lessons Summer Term Timetables - click the links below

Please note that the timetables were accurate at the time of uploading onto the website and are subject to change.  Students are informed of any changes to their timings.











Portsmouth Music Hub

Portsmouth Music Hub is an active network of organisations working in partnership and committed to enhancing music and music education in and around Portsmouth.

Click on the link below to view the Portsmouth Music Hub website: