Music – Curriculum Adventure

Music at Da Vinci Academy is taught throughout Key Stage 3 with the option to continue this into Key Stage 4 with the Music BTEC course in Years 10 and 11. At Key Stage 3, students will be encouraged to develop key performance, composition, instrumental, contextual and listening skills. This in turn will allow them to have key skills covering a broad range of genres, styles and interests as well as developing confidence with individual and team contributions.

Students will always be given the opportunity to take part in the various extra-curricular areas including: Choir opportunities; Ready to Rock (beginner band clubs) and general music practise opportunities for activities such as band work and individual practise. Likewise we have a strong set of peripatetic teachers who teach piano, voice, drum and guitar in every week, in addition to our annual concerts and primary links.


During Year 7, 8 and 9 students will develop foundation skills on a specialist instrument and be given opportunities to follow graded exam syllabus content as well as chances to perform and compose. Lessons and homework will be tied into areas of research covering a wide range of genres from African Tribal Music through to Jazz and Blues, and Baroque Music through to 21st Century Music. All throughout KS3 students will develop these skills with a heavy influence on performing to ensure the best outcomes at BTEC in Year 10 and 11.


Students can choose to study BTEC Music as part of the Key Stage 4 pathways process. This course covers experience working in the Music Industry today. It allows students to develop work experience in running live events, using sound equipment and gaining knowledge of the opportunities available in the music industry today. This course is well suited to students who have an interest in popular trends and popular performance as well as an interest in developing management and team skills.

During the BTEC course students will be expected to complete the following units;

  • Unit 1 – The Music Industry Exam (25% of the qualification); here students learn about job roles, record labels, publishing and promotion, venue management and health and safety.
  • Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product (25% of the qualification); here students will be expected to plan, promote and run their own music concert.
  • Unit 4 – Introducing Music Composition (25% of the qualification); students will compose work from 4 different starting points.
  • Unit 5 – Introducing Music Performance (25% of the qualification); students will perform on their chosen instrument/voice two contrasting pieces and create rehearsal logs to support their development.


  • At Da Vinci, Music plays a huge role in involving students outside of the classroom in order to develop a whole Academy experience and confidence to take forward to other aspects of their life. As many opportunities as possible are put forward to all students; below are some of the most recent events.

Da Vinci’s Got Talent – Spring/Summer Term 2021

This is a competition ran each year where students of any age and background can compete to be the champion of Da Vinci’s Got Talent! They begin by auditioning before competing in the final performance where parents and members of the community are invited to celebrate in their hard work and determination.

West End Theatre Trip

Students who have shown commitment and high attitudes to learning in music are given the opportunity to go to either Birmingham or Manchester to see touring productions from the West End.  

Instrumental Lessons – On-going

Students are invited to have one to one or paired instrumental lessons with fully qualified instrumental teachers on piano, keyboard, guitar, voice and drum. This allows students to develop key knowledge of their instrument to support their enjoyment of music and support their music education.

Primary Music Festivals – Summer Term

Here our students develop performances and workshops for our local primary schools. Performances include the singing of Disney’s songs and piano performances as well as the students then teaching the primary visitors how to play their first tunes on a range of different instruments.

KS3 and KS4 Practise – Every night after school

All students are welcome to attend after school to rehearse class work, instrumental lesson content, have additional support or just attend for fun and a jam! In music we have an open door policy where students are able to access practise and rehearsal spaces to explore their musicality.