Welcome to the Music Department.


The Music Department’s ethos is that Music is an activity which is accessible to all students, and is something which they should enjoy doing.

There is a huge amount of diverse talent at Thomas Bennett, and the Music Department staff strive to connect with this so that we can offer the widest range of opportunities. Music at Thomas Bennett is not an elitist subject, only available to a small group of students with highly developed skills. Instead, we like to engage with as much of the school community as possible in order to develop positive experiences of Music throughout the school.

We use a wide range of styles, genres and traditions in our teaching, and encourage students to be open to the experience of new and unfamiliar music. The subject is a practical one, and all the activities are rooted in this principle with all pupils being encouraged to participate in music-making.

Outside the classroom, we endeavour to offer our students the opportunity of experiencing music-making across a whole range of activities. We have a well-established tradition of performing in and around the community at events including Crawley Festival, our annual Big Tour of primary schools. Furthermore our student led African Drum Group regularly runs workshops for trainee teachers at Sussex University.

Music plays an important role in the daily life at TBCC and the Music Department is one of the busiest and liveliest in the school with many establish extra-curricular groups such as Vocal Group, African Drum Group, Soul Band and many others.



Our facilities include a state of the art Apple based music ICT suite, a large multi-purpose teaching room equipped with Yamaha keyboards, an A-level Music Technology ICT classroom, 6 practice rooms, a band rehearsal room and a professional recording studio.

We offer students to opportunity to play a range of instruments including:

  • Drum kit
  • Guitar (acoustic and electric)
  • Bass Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Piano
  • Ukulele
  • Djembe



The KS3 music curriculum has a rich variety of units through which the following strands are explored

  1. different styles and genres of music
  2. exploring composition through music ICT
  3. instrumental/vocal performance skills
  4.  listening, analysing and appraising




The specification requires candidates to develop their ability in performing and composing, and to develop their listening and appraising skills.

The specification contains five areas of study, three of which are coursework based and one written exam. These four units all explore the following five key Areas of Study:


AoS 1: My Music

In this Area of study you will study your chosen instrument, You will perform a piece on your instrument and compose a piece for one or more instruments.

AoS2: The concerto through time

In this Area of study you will learn about the concerto, an important musical form that has existed for hundreds of years

AoS 3: Rhythms of the world

In this Area of study you will encounter traditional and popular music from a range of cultures and locations.

Aos4: Film Music

In this Area of study you will learn how music works with images to create intense, exciting and moving films

AoS5: Conventions of pop

In this Area of study you will learn about the development of pop music, introducing important artists and songs that have shaped the music we listen to today.



The assessment works like this:

  • Solo Performance = 15% of the qualification
  • Ensemble  Performance = 15% of the qualification
  • Compostion to a brief set by the student = 15% of the qualification
  • Compostion to a brief set by OCR = 15% of the qualification
  • Listening exam = 40% of the qualification



  • GCSE BBC Bitesize – Music
  • CGP, GCSE Music Core Content, The Revision Guide (approx. £7.00)