Music at Aldersley High School

Music is always dynamic and engaging!


“The Music Department at Aldersley aims to give students the opportunity to improve their performance, composition, music technology and listening skills.  We also aim to give all students an opportunity to play a range of instruments and take part in group music making activities. We also incorporate this into our extra-curricular clubs and instrumental lesson.

Students will develop a range of skills such as self-confidence, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, self-discipline and cultural awareness. Music offers lifelong transferable skills that pupils will be able to maintain and carry forward into adulthood and the performing arts industry or embed holistically into future careers.”

Aldersley’s Music Department

The creative and vibrant department has a hands-on approach towards teaching music to every student and all lessons are driven towards being musical at all times within an environment that will engage and motivate students.

This year the department has invested in lots of new equipment to aid the students in their practical lessons. We have a class set of djembe drums, keyboards and glockenspiels as well as new guitars, amps, three drum kits, and four electric pianos. Our department is spacious, enabling students to have their own practice space. We have:

• Three practice rooms
• A live Music room and recording studio
• An iMac computer suite equipped with industry music software

Miss S. Berry

Miss S. Berry

Head of Music

Miss Berry is Head of Music at Aldersley High School


Students get 1 hour of music a week for the whole year

Year 7

Musical Elements – You will learn the basic musical elements through singing.

Rhythms of the world – You will learn how to read rhythm notation and play percussion from different countries.

Keyboard Skills – Learn how to read music notation and how to play the keyboard with two hands.

Rock n Roll – Gives you an opportunity to play different band instruments (i.e Keyboard, Ukulele Drums) and work on your group performance skills.

Year 8

Keyboard Skills – Build on the note reading and keyboard skills from Y7 to play more complex pieces.

Hip Hop – You will use our brand new imac suite to arrange your own HipHop music.

Band Skills – You will be working in groups to perform Pop songs on a range of different band instrument.

Year 9

Keyboard Skills – Build on the note reading and keyboard skills from Y8 to play more complex pieces.

Pop music composition – Using your music technology and composition skills you will learn how to make your own pop song on the iMacs and write your own lyrics

Band Skills – You will choose an instrument to specialise in and build on your band skills from Y8 by playing more complex songs and building on your instrument skills.


Students get 4 hours a week of music/music technology




Performance: Students work with their instrumental/vocal teachers to produce a solo and an ensemble performance

Composition: Students complete 2 compositions. One is a free composition and one is to an exam set brief

Listening (40%) : Students learn about 4 areas of study (Pop, Concerto, Film, Rhythms of the World) and answer questions about what they can hear



Music Technology

NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Music Technology


Content area 1: Introduction to music technology and the music business

Content area 2: The digital audio workstation (DAW)

Content area 3: Musical elements, musical style and music technology

Content area 4: Sound creation

Content area 5: Multitrack recording


NEA (60%): Students complete a music technology composition to the exam board brief

EA (40%): Students complete a written exam about the 5 content areas above.


Students get 6 hours a week of music/music technology


RSL L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (1 subject block)

  • Composing Music
  • Composing Lyrics
  • Lead Performer
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Improving instrumental performance
  • Rehearsal Skills and Live Performance


Music Technology

RSL L3 Extended Diploma in Music & Music Technology (2 subject blocks) 

All of the above PLUS…

  • Studio Sound Recording
  • Studio Sound Mixing
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Music Event Management
  • Composing Collaboration and Recording



The Music department at Aldersley run a number of extra-curricular activities to broaden students’ music experiences and give them opportunities to perform in the community. We currently run:

  • Junior Orchestra
  • Senior Orchestra
  • Choir
  • 2 x Band Clubs
  • Open music rehearsal

We regularly provide opportunities to perform through our open mic nights and music showcases. We also perform around the local community.

Every year we join with Moreton school for the Amethyst School Music. Aladdin and Legally Blonde are our most recent and this year’s production is We Will Rock You!

Instrumental Tuition

Students are given the opportunity to continue or begin learning an instrument of their choice. The school do not charge for instrumental tuition but to support this we do ask for a voluntary contribution.

We offer lessons on:

  • Woodwind (Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe) – Miss Roberts
  • Brass (Cornet, Trumpet, Baritone, French Horn, Trombone) – Mr Reid
  • Strings (Violin, Cello) – Mrs Barnett
  • Piano – Nathan Rose
  • Vocals – Emma Parker
  • Guitar and Bass – Peter Davis
  • Drum Kit – Roger Westwood