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Music is a vibrant subject where students explore their creativity. Music challenges students to be independent learners and to collaborate effectively in order to reach their potential. Students learn perseverance skills and enthusiasm to succeed.

Music is taught through the three disciplines of composing, performing and listening. It is a practical subject with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving. Music is an all-inclusive, all immersive, enjoyable subject.

We have 2 large, bright and colourful Music teaching suites and six practice rooms. We also have a designated instrumental tuition room for students wishing to have peripatetic lessons.

We benefit from a full class set of African Djembe Drums, a Samba Kit, a set of Steel Pans and two full class sets of tuned percussion. We also have a set of MacBook Pros that we hire every year for a term.

Student Statements

“I always look forward to my GCSE Music lessons on a Tuesday and Thursday. As well as learning about Western Music, we also learn about music from around the world. This helps us experience other cultures.”

“Music lessons are great and I look forward to them. It’s a great chance to work together. Music is an imaginative subject.”

“Plympton Academy’s Music department has been a huge part of my school life. I absolutely loved it straight off. Music is certainly a defining part of Plympton Academy.”

Year 7

  • ‘Arriba’ and the elements of music
  • ‘Tonality and Tango’
  • Introduction to African Drumming/The Gamelan
  • Caribbean music
  • The Voice
  • ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ Characterisation in Music

Year 8


  •  Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • ‘Krishna & the King of Snakes’ Indian Music
  • ‘The Planets’ Characterisation in music and rondo form
  • ‘The Frogs’ Japanese Music
  • An introduction to the Samba band
  • ‘Sequencing sixths’ Intervals

Year 9

  •  The Blues
  • ‘Time Lapse’ Ground Bass
  • ‘Macbeth’ extended collaborative project with Drama.
  • Composing using MacBooks
  • African drumming
  • Samba Batucada

Year 10/11

Description of the Course

This course offers students opportunities to develop their existing interests, and to develop new creative and performance skills, in a wide variety of art forms. The following will be offered as integral parts of the Expressive Arts at Plympton Academy:

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Original Writing
  • Dance
  • Moving Image

This subject encourages you to play to your strengths as a creative performer: you can choose to work as an actor, a singer, or a dancer. You will have opportunities to make different kinds of piece: you might be creating a piece of film; you could be contributing as a writer, or a composer. Whichever way you work, you will take an idea and bring it to life.

The course will consist of a series of practical projects which are based on different areas of study. For each project, students will work in groups and offer work in two of the art forms above for assessment. Each student will be able to play to their individual strengths in the selection of the art forms for which they are being assessed: there will be no requirement to work outside one’s comfort zone.

Students who bring not only existing skills in performance, but also willingness to experiment with new ideas and new ways of working, and a zest for collaborating with others, will be in a good position to enjoy success on this

Assessment Procedure

Two Controlled Assessment projects, each carrying 30% of the total mark [this is assessed by the teaching team].

One Practical Examination, carrying the remaining 40% of the total mark [following a period of 15 hours of supervised preparation, final performances are assessed by a visiting examiner].

While there is no written examination, all students will create Practical Portfolios for the projects they undertake. These can include a variety of methods of capturing the process of creating pieces of work, and might include, for example, a written log, photographs of work in progress, drawings and plans.


You may choose to continue your studies at post-16 in a number of ways:

  • A-level Drama and Theatre Studies
  • BTEC Music
  • A-level Media Studies

Meet The Staff

  • Ms N Clapson – Head of Music

Career Options

Music is a desirable subject for applicants to most professions. Having been involved with music either through the curriculum or at a more dedicated level, proves you have team skills, perseverance and an aspiration to improve yourself. Your creative problem solving skills are likely to be much better and you have shown that you are willing to ‘go the extra mile’.

More subject specific pathways include:

  • Performance
  • Singer/song writing
  • Composition
  • Recording Industry
  • Events Management
  • Teaching