Purpose of Study
To develop in the student an understanding and appreciation of the various types, styles, and forms of music, which can be beneficial during an entire lifetime.
To develop better citizenship.  Music participation emphasises the ability to work with others as a member of a team. It teaches the importance of a cooperative effort, acceptance of leadership, acceptance of differences, and the need for self-discipline and responsibility.
To make students aware of the possibilities music offers as a career or vocation.
To contribute to help broaden the cultural life of our community.
To help achieve self-realisation through participation in the music program. Some results should be aesthetic experience, emotional development, creative attitudes, skill and knowledge, physical, and mental health, mental stimulation and high-level thinking, leisure time activity, self-expression, spiritual development, and personality development. Our performing groups should strive to perform at the highest artistic level consistent with the experience and maturity of the group. The needs of individuals must not be sacrificed to this end, however.
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About the Department

There are two highly skilled music teachers who deliver all music lessons in school. Key Stage 3 students receive one music lesson a week. Key Stage 4 music courses operate over three lessons a week. There are two specialist music rooms, two rehearsal spaces and a recording studio in the department. In addition, the department offers specialist tuition in a wide range of orchestral instruments in addition to classical and electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums and percussion. Students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and take part in a number of well- established musical ensembles.

An extensive programme of extra-curricular activities is provided by the department, which is supported by its excellent body of peripatetic staff. Currently we have a number of groups available for pupils to enhance their musical skills. These are the Vocal Group, Wind Band, Brass Band, Jazz Band, Rock Bands and Drum Group. The groups regularly perform in concerts within school, in the community, in local authority events and in competitions which are held further afield.

The world famous Foden’s Band performs regularly at Little Lever School, at these concerts opportunities exist for some of our players to work with and perform as soloists with this incredible ensemble. This is truly a unique opportunity for any aspiring musician.

Our peripatetic tutors have a great record in progressing students and helping them to realise their full potential. As such we currently have a number of our pupils playing in county youth orchestras, local brass bands and music theatre groups. We currently have over one hundred students receiving instrumental and vocal lessons.
Each year the Music/Performing Arts department take 40+ students on the trip of a life time to New York, USA. We also offer regular theatre trips to London for workshops, master classes and musicals.

“New York was the best trip I have ever been on in my life, it was such an amazing experience I want to go back now!” – Katie - Year 11

Essential Mix is the key knowledge and skills that a Year 7 or 8 student must have mastered to progress to the following year.

Click on the link below to view the music Year 7 and Year 8 Essential Mix:


These are the courses run by music for Years 9, 10 and 11. The links take you to the specifications of those courses.

GCSE Music (Eduqas)

BTEC Music Technology