Music at Ashington Academy allows students to express themselves through performing, composing and appreciating music.

Students study music across a broad range of genres, styles and traditions from Western Classical Music to Popular Music and everything in between. Music technology skills are developed through the use of music software including Siblieus Ultimate, Bandlab and Focus on Sound.  

Whether you already play an instrument or are ready to start learning we offer tuition on a wide range of instruments alongside our ever-popular extracurricular clubs of soul band, choir, brass band and our annual Musical.

Curriculum information

Year 7

Learning outcomes

Students will learn how to manipulate the musical elements through performance and composition. They will develop their note reading skills using both treble and bass clef and perform a range of melodies and accompaniments. Students will perform a range of vocal pieces and develop instrument skills.

Topics taught

Musical Elements

Notation 1

African Music

Notation 2


Loops and Samples

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Students will learn how to develop their composition skills using notation software. They will develop performance skills performing more complex pieces of music on a range of instruments including voice and learn how to appraise a variety of music.

Topics taught


Song Writing

Film Music


Personalised Project

Year 9

Learning outcomes

Students continue to develop their knowledge and application of musical elements through the study of music theory. Performance skills continue to develop through both solo and ensemble performances and composition skills are developed through responding to brief led compositions in a range of styles and traditions.

Topics taught

Music Theory 1

Composing using different structures

Music Theory 2

Composing for contrast

Music Theory 3

Solo and Ensemble Performance


Learning outcomes

Students will learn about different types of organisations in the music industry and the type of work each undertakes. They will understand how organisation interrelate and why these relationships are important. Students will learn about different job roles in the music industry.

Students will develop their composition skills exploring creative stimuli to meet a brief, develop extend and shape music for performances and present their composition appropriately.

Topics taught

Unit 1: The Music Industry

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition


Learning outcomes

Students will plan, develop and deliver a music product, promote a music product and the develop evaluation skills to review the management of a music product.

Students will develop their music performance skills through effective rehearsal and performance and learn how to review their own practice.

Topics taught

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

Link to exam specification


Music allows me to be me.
Year 9 student