Music at Shuttleworth College provides an inspiring environment for pupils to study.

Our friendly atmosphere reflects a close-knit community of staff and students working together, and students benefit from peripatetic lessons, as well as small-group teaching and music clubs, all delivered by passionate staff all who are practising musicians or composers.

Our facilities include an auditorium, practice rooms, and a recording studio. With a number of small ensembles, bands, choirs, and clubs, the Music department offers a superb place for students to develop their musical understanding.

We support literacy by…

developing oracy through discussion of music as well as developing pupils’ critical ear. At Key Stage 4 we also analyse pieces and particularly develop pupils’ use of key words.

We support numeracy by…

using a variety of tools. Music is by nature highly mathematical, and by developing pupils understanding of key musical concepts, pupils’ numeracy will be challenged and developed.

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How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?

In Music we have mixed-ability sets, so students are randomly assigned to classes according to what best fits their timetable.

How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?

  • Years 7 -9: 1 hour per week
  • Years 10 & 11: 3 hours per week

What career opportunities are there with this subject?

Music is seen as a ‘facilitating subject’ that balances other subjects by developing a set of skills that complement other subjects and help create a well-rounded pupil. However, there are a huge range of careers directly involved in music, including; performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher.

What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?

We regularly provide opportunities for pupils to perform within and outside of school in assemblies, concerts, showcases, and awards ceremonies.  If they want to get involved further, they can join one of the many extra-curricular music clubs, which you can find on our extra-curricular timetable.


Mr. M. Olyott


Music 5 Year Curriculum Map

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Music Syllabus

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“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Hans Christian Anderson

“Music is my main goal in life, when I grow up I want to become a professional musician, I love that I can come in every break time to practice and get better.”

Paul, Year 9