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Learning Journey & Sequencing Rationale

Starting with the use of music in different film and stage Genres and progressing through to the historic and contemporary use of the djembe in African culture, the music curriculum at Harrow High embraces and celebrates the history and diversity of music. Theory lessons are integrated into practical studies, with the opportunity to learn about the Baroque, Classical and Modern eras. Students benefit from a specialist music teacher in weekly lessons in year 7 and, in years 8 and 9, a double weekly lesson for 11 weeks where they will compose, perform and analyse in several genres. 

We are delighted to also have specialist instrumental tutors and four dedicated practice studios for those students who wish to focus on taking their national grades. We work closely with Harrow Music services to ensure that instruments are available for long term loan and that peripatetic staff are available to accommodate growing demand.




unit overview

Subject: Music


  • Reading music notation
  • Playing Djembe
  • Performance Analysis

Prepare a performance using musical skills practiced in class.

  • Pitch, Rhythm, Beat and Sonority


Knowledge will be demonstrated through the following skills:

  • Correct application of pitch, rhythm and beat in performance
  • Demonstration of musical intent and successful communication with audience, creating engagement with audience

Key skills:

  • Identifying and applying aspects of West African Music and its historical context
  • Discerning Elements of Music in performance analysis
  • Perform in a group drumming performance
  • Engage an audience, using performance skills associated with West African Music
  • Oral and written evaluation of performance
  • Successfully identify areas for improvement in performance

Extended Writing:

  • Evaluating performance through analysing the skills of African Drumming performers and how successful they are in their ability.
  • Justifying performance choices using understanding of historic context


Studying ‘West African Music and Drumming’ will allow learners to study West African music and the social & historical context that has informed both its traditional and contemporary practice. Special attention is given to understanding musical practices in West Africa that function to increase social harmony and wellbeing among its inhabitants. This encourages learners to expand their perceptions regarding what music is and how it can be used.

Interpersonal relationships will be developed through paired and group work.

Year 9 Music builds on skills and learning from the previous years, challenging students to develop confidence and independence while engaging in group performance. Skills learners develop will lead to creative composition work and the ability to perform different styles of music. GCSE composition component looks at how learners apply different styles and genres of music to their creations.

knowledge Organiser

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.