Music is the language of emotion and thought as well is being an international language. With a greater understanding of how music can be created and performed you can mould the way in which you listen, create and perform the playlist of your memories.


“Music is the universal language of mankind“

Henry Wandsworth Longfellow


At Byrchall we look at some of the key points in musical history and look at what impact these have had on the musical footprints of the music of today. We use the three elements of listening and appraising, composition and performance to highlight these musical footprints. Through a traditional approach to both harmony and musical technique we merge these with the musical technology of today to enable a challenging, yet broad music curriculum to cater for all musicians, no matter what standard.

Curriculum Aims

  • Students will have a greater understanding of the impact of musical styles on the music of today.
  • Students will have a confidence in their own musical ability and be able to express their musicality within department.
  • Students will work independently and in ensembles to create music of a high standard.
  • Students will develop the skills to enable them to be able to perform, write and understand music with a greater confidence outside of the music department.
  • To enjoy listening, performing and creating a wide choice of music from musical history and the world.
  • Within the Music Department at Byrchall we aim to create the musicians of the future.

The music department here at Byrchall prides itself on its ability to cater for all. Whether you are a mature musician or starting the musical journey you will find that the staff, facilities and fellow students will make you feel welcome and challenge you whilst you are are a member of the department.

As well as a large collection of traditional musical instruments the music department also boasts excellent IT facilities allowing the recording of live music and MIDI music to industry standard which is accessed both at KS3 and KS4 within the teaching rooms.

There are also practise areas as well as a fully equipped recording studio and radio station to develop new skills as a producer or DJ if you so wish.

The music department follows the analysis, performance and composition of a mixture of traditional, world and popular styles of music across both KS3 and KS4. These incorporate keyboard, vocal and other instrumental skills whilst also using the Music software available.

Music in year 7 and 8 is taught during an hour tuition per week whilst 9, 10 and 11 receive 2 hour tuition.

At years 9, 10 and 11the department offer both GCSE Music and the NCEF Music Technology course.


  • “Vocal ensembles” allow the development of various musical styles and voices. These ensembles include traditional songs as well as more popular musical genres allowing all voices the chance to shine.
  • “Musical Futures” will allow budding popular musicians to be the next generation of chart topping success … if they make the break through.
  • “Ukulele Ensemble” gives all pupils the chance to learn the Ukulele and play along to well know songs.
  • “Byrchall Brass” allows the tuition of a Brass instrument as well as the opportunity to perform as an emsemble with other like-minded Brass players. This is linked with “Haydock Brass Band” who provide the department with the instruments.
  • “Keyboard Club” is an open club for Byrchall students to learn the keyboard skills and to practice both curriculum music as well as their own choices.
  • “Steel Pan Orchestra” perform music in a Caribbean style using traditional Steel Pan drums. This is unique to Byrchall Music Department and is open to all pupils.
  • “Open House” practice facilities allow pupils to book a musical area to work on solo or ensemble work.
  • “School Show” is always a great success with vocalists and instrumentalists given the opportunity to hone their skills on the stage.
  • “Subsidised Music tuition” is available for all instruments from a professional musician through external musicians.

Subject Content

  Autumn Spring Summer
Find Your Voice Musical Elements/Christmas Keyboard Skills Radio Shows 10 Pieces Steel Pans
Just Play World Music/Christmas Rap Film Music STOMP Calypso
Notation, Chords and key skills - Blues Popular Music

Using Music Technology
Orchestral Project Minimalism Performance Skills

Dance Music
Free Composition
Performance Skills

Western Classical Tradition
Western Classical Tradition

Free Composition
Traditional Music

Free Composition
Free Composition

Performance Skills
Free Composition
Compositional Skills Western Classical Trad. Composition & Listening Skills Composition & Performance Skills Listening and Performance Skills Listening and appraising Skills

Year 7 Overview

Year 8 Overview

Year 9 Overview

Year 10 Overview

Year 11 Overview