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Harlington Upper School


Music Subject Leader: Mrs E Carroll

Battle of the Bands 2016

Another year, another great band formed of students from Harlington are finalists in the Bedfordshire Battle of the Bands competition.














Battle of the Bands 2015

A band formed of students from Harlington were winners of the Bedfordshire Battle of the Bands competition. Here is a song performed by them.


Music Calendars 2015/16

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Year 9 - Music

The course will provide an opportunity for students to develop their performance skills in a variety of musical styles. It is particularly appropriate for students who wish to pursue music at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

All students are taught basic keyboard and vocal skills and existing musicians are encouraged to use their instruments in lessons.  Students will also be given the opportunity to compose their own music and learn about the fundamental aspects of music through listening and appraising. 

Students work individually, in pairs and in larger groups, depending on tasks set.  To complement the music curriculum we offer instrumental and vocal lessons as well as many extra-curricular activities.

Year 10 & Year 11     GCSE Music

Do you enjoy listening to different types of music? Do you enjoy performing music, on your own or in groups? If you can answer “Yes” to both these questions, then the GCSE Music course may be for you! The GCSE Music course includes THREE different activities:


In the PERFORMING part of the course, you will have a chance to:

• perform as a soloist, on an instrument of your choice
• perform as a member of a group
• learn improvisation techniques.

In the LISTENING part of the course, you will have a chance to:

• listen to popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries, world music and classical music
• learn to analyse the music and describe it using technical vocabulary
• improve your score-reading and knowledge of music theory.

In the COMPOSING part of the course, you will have a chance to:

• learn how to compose your own music
• learn about recording techniques
• learn how to appraise the process of composition
• Use the 2 music technology suites of computers and the software packages, Sibelius and Cubase


For specific information on GCSE Music see the Options Booklet under Information for Year 9 Students in the Curriculum menu.


Visit the Sixth Form Curriculum pages for more information on AS and A2 Music.