The Music department has three teachers, one faculty support assistant and three peripatetic staff.

The department is also visited by instrumental teachers from Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) and they deliver (as well as our own peripatetic staff) instrumental tuition to students that have signed up.

The department is led by Mr Raymond Rose who has experience of teaching across KS3, 4 and 5. The main instruments he performs on are trombone and piano. Mrs Nicola Richardson teaches KS3, 4 and 5. Mrs Richardson plays the piano and flute. Mr Wayne Shellard teaches KS3 and runs the Academy Choir. Mr Shellard is also a Musical Director for local amateur-dramatic theatre groups. The department is extremely well supported by our FSA (Faculty Support Assistant) Mr Tom Jackson. He is a gifted guitarist and singer. When he not supporting students and staff in the Music Department, he is more often than not performing at a local venues in the North East and beyond.

All of the team have complementary skills and each is highly experienced and motivated to ensure that your son or daughter has the best possible musical experience at Nunthorpe Academy.

Music Department

Mr Ray 310561 ext.1039
Mr Thomas 310561 ext.1039
Mrs Nicola 310561 ext.1039
Mr Wayne 310561 ext.1039

Year 6 Transition

In Music we aim to develop confidence in the first lessons, through playing rhythm and pitch games, team building activities through the use of Djembe (African drums) and some singing activities. All these activities are designed to make the young person feel comfortable in the musical environment, and get to know others in the group.

Key stage 3

Programme of Study

The KS3 Music Course provides the foundation for further study at GCSE and A Level and provides young people with a range of musical skills that will help them understand and enjoy music for life.

The Learning Journey

Students will, over time, learn how to read music through a wide range of rhythm and pitch exercises that will lead to them being able to play simple melodies and chords so that they can then access and play those songs that they listen to, everyday, at home.

They will discover their inner creativity through composition exercises and will discuss music we listen to using musically specific language based around all the elements of music: pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, texture, timbre and structure.

The course puts the pupils’ work in a broad historical, critical, environmental and global context and will frequently refer to the values in the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) agenda.

Expectations within the department are extremely high and students are requested to demonstrate respect (to people and instruments) and to have an open mind.


Young people will be awarded a grade 1-9 throughout KS3 and KS4 to keep in line with the new GCSE grading criteria. The grade will be based on performance, composition and analytical skills once each half term.

Grade Descriptors

The grade descriptors which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Key stage 4

Programme of Study

We currently offer Edexel Music which gives students the opportunity to study the areas of performance, composition and appraising. This course will build on the work done at KS3 and is suitable for all. Learning to sing or play a musical instrument is beneficial prior to the start of the course but not essential.

The Learning Journey

Students will build a skill set that will enable them to perform on their own and with others, and compose in a range of styles. They will listen to and analyse a range of music ranging from historic to contemporary, and will learn how to talk about it in a musical way. Students will present their ‘best’ work for assessment at the end of the course, as shown below.

GCSE Music – Summary of Assessment

Component 1: Performing – Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification
A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble. One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice.

Component 2: Composing – Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification
Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by Edexcel in the year of the examination. Learners will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study. The briefs will be released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief.

Component 3: Appraising – Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 40% of qualification
This component is assessed via a listening examination. The first Section A includes the set works, a musical dictation question and a skeleton score question. Section B is an extended writing question featuring comparison between an extract from one of the set works and one extract of unfamiliar music.

  • Area of study 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820;
  • Area of study 2: Vocal Music;
  • Area of study 3: Music for Stage and Screen;
  • Area of study 4: Fusions.


Students will be expected to complete one piece of homework each week for component 3. Practising their chosen instrument should be ongoing each day, and students will need to work on compositional ideas at school, perhaps at lunchtimes or after school as the technology required cannot be take home.


All GCSE music students are taught in mixed ability groups.

Key stage 5

Programme of Study

We are currently offering A Level Music through Edexcel which will give young people the opportunity to continue to develop their performance, composition and appraising skills.

To study this course you would be expected to have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE, however there are a few students who may not have taken GCSE who would still be eligible if they play a musical instrument at a high standard, so please ask for further details.

Below is an overview of the programme of study.

GCE A Level Music – Summary of Assessment

Component 1: Performing 30% NEA
Total performance time of 8 minutes Performance can be solo and/or ensemble.
Total of 60 marks (12 marks available for difficulty of pieces).

Component 2: Composition 30% NEA
2 compositions: 1 free, or free choice brief (minimum 4 minutes duration) and 1 brief assessing technique (minimum 1 minute duration).
Together total minimum of 6 minutes.

  • Composition 1: 40 marks;
  • Composition 2: 20 marks. Total of 60 marks.

Component 3: Appraising 40% Exam
6 Areas of Study with 3 set works in each:

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions.

This component includes a listening examination.


  1. 1. Set work analysis with a score;
  2. 2. Extended responses on wider context;
  3. 3. Unprepared extracts of music with and without a score;
  4. 4. Comparison questions.