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Music is all around us. It influences our moods and emotions and stimulates and excites us in many ways. Music should be a joyful experience, with students developing life skills along the way. Our aim is to offer a stimulating and creative environment for all students at Rockwood Academy.

  • To broaden the musical experience of all students through the rich curriculum
  • To reflect the musical interests and aspirations of our students
  • To enable students to develop their potential through practical activities such as regular group instrumental lessons and performances
  • To cater for all ability levels and interests

Our Teachers

  • Teacher of Music: Mr L Cook
  • 9 peripatetic music teachers from The Birmingham Music Service

Key Stage 3 & 4

Exam Specification

Each unit has a specific focus for assessment, which is reflected by a comprehensive record for each child over the course of years 7 and 8. At GCSE, students will complete the OCR qualification in Music. Students will complete a course which focuses on 5 detailed areas of study:

  • My Music
  • The Concerto Through Time
  • Rhythms of the World
  • Film Music
  • Conventions of Pop

Students will be assessed in two main areas:

  • Coursework (60%): Students will complete two compositions (one to their own brief and one to a stimulus) and two compositions (one solo, one ensemble) which will be assessed internally.
  • Listening Exam (40%): Students will sit a listening paper in year 11 which focuses on areas of study 1 to 5.

Students throughout the Academy are also able to take advantage of our wide range of instrumental and vocal opportunities. We are lucky to have the support of a range of talented teachers from the Birmingham Music Service and are currently able to offer lessons on:

  • Dhol drums and African Drums
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Euphonium
  • Flute and Clarinet
  • Violin
  • Vocals
  • Guitar

Students are able to sit examinations in their chosen instrument and can do this with the support of their instrumental/vocal teacher.