Welcome To King Edward VI Music Department

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything.” Plato   

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KEVI music department is housed in purpose-built beacon building consisting of three large classrooms (including computer suite), ensemble room, recording studio and 6 practice rooms.

Music Tuition Letter 2017

Music Staff

Mrs. C. Ellse – Director of Music

Mr. I. Jamieson – Teacher of Music

Miss E. Bowen – Teacher of Music

(click here to link to our visiting instrumental teachers)


Key dates

Carol Service

Tuesday Dec 13th 2016

Rehearsal – 1.30-4.30pm, Lichfield Cathedral

Service –  7.30pm, Lichfield Cathedral

Spring Concert 2017

Wed 5th April 2017

Rehearsal – all day, Bader Hall

Concert – 7.00pm, Bader Hall

Summer Concert 2017

Thurs 29th June 2017

Rehearsal – all day, Bader Hall

Concert – 7.00pm, Bader Hall

Curriculum Deadlines

Recital Days for A2 and GCSE

Friday 2nd December and Monday 5th December. Studio and Brannan Room.

Recital Day 2017

Final A2 recital and AS practical exam

Monday 20th March 2017. Studio /Brannan Room.

Coursework Information and Deadlines

The Curriculum

Our curriculum philosophy is to provide every child with enjoyable, engaging and “hands-on” musical experiences.

Years 7 – 8

Current curriculum provision is 3 hours of music per fortnight. The scheme of work offers inclusive opportunities for singing, keyboard, percussion, ukulele/guitar playing. Students are taught to compose their own music and how to record and store their ideas using either Casio Multi-tracking keyboards or Gargeband or Reason software. Students follow a rich and diverse programme of study as listed below:

Units of work

Year 7 Year 8
  • Keyboard skills (continued throughout KS3)
  • Elements of Music (performance at Lichfield Cathedral)
  • The Four Chord Trick (introduction to ukulele playing)
  • Scary Music
  • Fanfares
  • Rap Project (includes library wider learning   project)


  • The Blues (1)    (performing, improvising and composing your own Blues piece)
  • Guitar Unit 1
  • Dance Music (1) (group arrangement of an   English Morris dance )
  • Dance Music (2)  (the 19th Century Viennese   Waltz)
  • Guitar unit 2
  • Ensemble performance – Britpop

Year 9

Current curriculum provision is one hour per week. Students opt for GCSE music at the end of this course.

Year 9
  •   Reggae
  •   Variations – composition
  •   Variations – performance
  •   Film Music (performing film repertoire, compositional skills)
  •   Film (2 – ICT project: write the film score to a given film clip)


Curriculum Photoboard

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KS4 Curriculum

The Edexcel GCSE music specification is made up of 30% performing (one solo and one ensemble), 30% composing (2 compositions linked to Areas of Study) and 40% listening paper (linked to Areas of Study- see below).

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AS Music

The Edexcel music specification consists of 30% performing (recital 5-8 mins), 30% composing (one scored composition to a chosen brief including written sleeve note) and 40% written paper (aural, set work essays (Instrumental/Vocal Music) and harmony questions.

Click here to exam board page

Click here to access examples of student work

A2 Music

The Edexcel music specification consists of 30% performing (recital 10-12 mins), 30% composing (one scored composition to a given brief) and 40% written paper (aural, set work essays on Applied Music and Instrumental Music ).


The school’s extra-curricular provision is diverse and exciting. There are over 200 students involved in the extra-curricular music activities listed below:

School Orchestra (grade 4+)

Jazz Band

Senior Choir

Junior Choir (yr 7-9)

Fuse Band (parts written for students of all levels)

Flute Choir

String Group

Percussion Ensemble



Chamber Choir

Guitar Ensemble

Annual Events

School Dedication Day Service

PTFA Christmas Fayre

Annual Carol Service Lichfield Cathedral

Charity Carolling

Rotary Concert at Garrick Theatre

School Musical Theatre Production with Drama Dept.

Spring Concert (Bader Hall)

Transition Singing Day

Summer Concert

Concert Photo Board (click here)

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School Orchestra Annual Carol Service (Lichfield Cathedral) Dec. 2014

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G & T Music Students Workshop – Get Caribbean 2014

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Cathedral Carol Service – Fanfare Processional

Please see the attached letter regarding Instrumental tuition. Music Tuition Letter 2017