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Carlton le Willows Academy

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Head of Department: Mr Young (

The Music Department teaches Key Stage 3 Music up to Year 9, RSL Music Practitioners levels 1,2 and 3 and EDUQAS A Level Music. We also provide additional tuition for violin, flute, clarinet trumpet, horn and trombone, percussion, keyboard, guitar, voice and theory.

We believe that:

  • Music is universal
  • It is a unique means of communication and a powerful vehicle for personal expression
  • Music is a means to emotional, intellectual and spiritual fulfilment

Students get the opportunity to sing in class, play keyboards and ukuleles, and use ICT including GarageBand and iPad software.

We provide enrichment activities for all musicians by running a samba band, wind groups, choirs and rock bands and students have access to our dedicated recording and practice facilities. Students perform regularly at end of term concerts and the choir has had the opportunity to perform at the Royal Concert Hall, Arnold and Gedling Carnivals, the U3A and other venues in the area.

We have also taken students to see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and talk to their players and to meet the Ukulele orchestra of Great Britain on their recent UK tour.



In Key Stage 3 Music in Years 7, 8 & 9 students build a solid understanding of music through singing and playing and develop compositions skills by studying a range of music from around the world.

Musical Futures is a key element of our lessons and students have to be independent, creating their own bands and learning the music and instruments themselves. You can hear some of our work on

Topics include Djembe drumming session, how to play the keyboard, Ukulele, band skills, Blues songs and cover versions.

Useful links for KS3: quizzes/music quizzes.htm



At Key Stage 4 and 5 we offer the RSL Music Practitioners Certificate levels 1, 2 and 3.

At Key Stage 4 students are assessed rehearsing, perming live, and analysing British music from the 1990s. Detailed goal setting, planning and evaluations are integral to all three units. Students perform as a soloist and in a band to show off a wide range of musical skills, whilst thinking deeply about their image and stage presence.

Useful links for Key Stage 4 students:

RSL Music Practitioners Certificate level 2 & 3:

Health & Safety issues:

Excellent link for theory:


In Sixth form students move on to look at how to prepare to be a lead performer, a session musician, they plan a career path and manage an event, as well as researching the role of their instrument and prominent musicians in their field of interest.

RSL Level 3 is equivalent to an A level qualification and is graded pass, merit or distinction. Although students should definitely have a love for music, with a passion to perform and stage concerts, learning does include managing gigs, promotion and recording as well as learning to sing or play an instrument. To perform well, we would strongly recommend individual instrumental or singing lessons and while you do not need to be a particular grade for the Music Practitioners Certificate it is recommended you can perform at least Rock School or Associated board grade 2/3 when recording your live exam performance work.

Instrumental Tuition

We offer individual and group tuition for most instruments and voice. Lessons currently cost £65 per term for a 25 minute lesson, plus hire charges should students require a school instrument. (Students in receipt of free school meals and other qualifying students may be entitled to free instrumental lessons as well)

Although we may be able to loan an instrument in Year 7, we would expect students to have their own instrument by the start of Year 8. This allows us to help new Year 7 students to start lessons as well.

Extra Curricular Clubs

Students are welcome to attend any of our ensembles, run at lunchtime and after school. The only requirement is that you are learning an instrument either in school or privately, or that you can sing confidently and will be willing to take part in concerts or shows.

Music Ensembles and Clubs

Some groups run for part of the year, for example in the run up to the carol service at All Hallows’ Church or the summer concert. Most groups run after school from 3.10pm until 3.45pm