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Mr C Baldry -  Head of Music
Mrs J Egleton
Mr C Deane

Music has been described as organised sound. The desire and ability to organise sound for artistic enjoyment has been a fundamental human need throughout the ages in all societies.
Music plays a crucial role in the growth and development of the individual, and the education of all children should include help with the acquisition of skills and understanding in this vital area and the release and nurture of the natural creative ability in music which all children possess. Since music is essentially a practical activity, it follows that this should be with the practical skills of creating or re-creating music. It is also true that the art of music only comes alive when shared with others, as listeners, composers or performers.
Music education is an essential part of the curriculum and should match the ability and aptitude of all students, including those with special educational needs as well as those with a particular talent in music. Recent educational research has shown that those who have a thorough and imaginative musical education show higher levels of attainment in other aspects/areas of the curriculum.
Our approach to music education at Emerson Park Academy encompasses both this view and the belief that through a carefully planned curriculum each student will develop spiritually, socially, culturally and morally into mature individuals. In our view, music is essential to this process as it is a fundamental experience shared by all people, and is a form of communication common to all cultures which does not necessarily require a shared language or other experience. To enhance learning that has taken place in the lesson, homework is set per half term and will is related to the topic that has been learnt that term. It will often involve project and research based work or writing up into best work that has been composed by the student. Music education in its many forms engenders respect and co-operation both between students, and between staff and students.

Key Stage 3 

Students will explore the following topics through listening, performance, appraising and compositional tasks and will undertake an assessment every half term.

Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Unit 5
Unit 6
Year 7
The Elements of Music
Looking at the basics of music and how to read it through pitch and rhythm.
Melody and Chords
Following on from reading music and how to play the keyboards properly.
Instruments of the Orchestra
Looking at reading music, classical instruments and how they sound different and Carnival of the Animals listening
Arts Award
Students create projects that follow guidelines and are externally marked by examiners.
Rap and Politics
How are the two linked? Looking at Rap as an art and lyrical writing.
Music from the South American Culture. A focus on rhythms, melodies and getting that Latin sound!!
Year 8
African Drumming
The unit focuses on rhythm work and teaching in a different way- the class work together as a whole
Vocal Techniques
How do you rap? Beat box? Sing a song? Exploring the voice unit through different vocal techniques.
12 Bar Blues
What is the 12 Bar Blues? What chords are needed? Students write their own and perform for the assessment
 Programme Music
How do you get music to tell a story? Students explore sounds and how they can describe.
What is Reggae Music? Exploring music from the Jamaican culture (Bob Marley and Rhianna)
Melody and Chords revisited
Students recap chord progression development through pop songs in todays chart.
Year 9
The unit focuses on rhythm work and teaching in a different way- the class work together as a whole to create 4 pieces- Iroiko, Samba Insectos, Brazil and others.
Brit Pop
Introducing the “Brit Pop” scene and what the songs are about. Focus on Chords 1, 4 and 5. Students look at Wonderwall in some depth.
Ground Bass
A focus on ostinato patterns using Pachelbels Canon. Students learn the parts to this famous piece.
Mobile Phone ringtone /Adverts
Students compose a mobile ring tone for 3 weeks
 Cover Versions
What is a cover? How do you create a Cover Version? Students will work towards creating their own cover versions.
Cover Versions (1 term unit)
What is a cover? How do you create a Cover Version? Students will work towards creating their own cover versions.


Key Stage 4
The EDEXCEL GCSE Music course is based upon three primary strands of
  • Performing
  • Composing
  •  Listening and appraising
The areas of study are:
Area of study 1: Areas in Western Classical Traditions
  •  Linked to area of study 1 (a performance (15%), 1 Composition (15%)
Area of study 2: Changes in Classical traditions (20th Century)  
  • A group performance linked to area of study (15%)
  • A composition/arrangement linked to area of study (15%)
Area of study 3: Dance Music (study of different types of dance music)
Area of study 4: Music from varying traditions  
  • A listening based exam based on Area of study 1, 2, 3 and 4 (40%)
Clubs offered at Emerson Park

Boys Vocal Group
Year 7-11 boys
Mr Deane
Lower Vocal Group (year 7-9)  
Guitar club with Andy

Drum Club with Stephen

String Group with Mrs Tweddle
All abilities and
Gender welcome  
 All guitarists welcome
All drummers
Come play in the EPA
Mrs Hignett
Andy Staples
Karen Tweddle
Practice Rooms free
All abilities welcome
Year 7,8,9, 10, 11
Mrs Hignett
Practice Rooms free
All abilities welcome
Year 7,8,9, 10, 11
Mrs Hignett
Cantabile Singers
Students who have singing lessons only
Miss Downie
Upper Vocal group
Invitation only yr 9-11
Mrs Hignett














Each academic year, the music department hosts a number of concert and soiree’s (at the end of each term), often inviting local feeder Primary Schools to take part in the programme as well as running vocal and instrumental workshops in the community and performing at Borough events (CEME conference for all local Primary and Secondary Heads, Vocal workshop run by Havering Music school, Language awards held at St Edwards). We are now in “House Music’s” 3rd year, where the whole of year 7 perform in a concert event judged by professional singers and putting on a whole school Musical production each year.

We offer a range of instrumental tuition lessons at EPA, including the following instruments;  
  • Voice
  • Guitar (Electric, Classical and bass)
  •  Brass
  •  Woodwind
  •   Strings
  •   Drums
  •   Piano and keyboard
This is taught by a range of well qualified, CRB checked staff who come into school on several days throughout the week. Students have a 20 minute lesson with their tutor on their instrument per week at the cost of £95.00 per term. This is paid a term in advance and half a term is required upon cancellation. Please see either Mrs Hignett or Mrs Raven in the office for further details.