Curriculum Intent for Music

Music teaches students the knowledge, and the skills enabling them to express themselves through music as performers or, composers. By studying a variety of genres, instruments together with music technology students leave with the confidence to take their musicianship skills into adult life.

Click below to download the Curriculum map that shows a student’s learning journey throughout this subject at Finham Park School.

Learning Journey Music

The Music Department aims to offer every student the opportunity to explore their musical creativity through a range of practical activities, including performing, composing, listening and appraising.

Studying a wide range of musical styles, we introduce students to new genres as well as enabling them to understand music they already enjoy in more depth developing their aural, theory, and practical skills.

Students learn to use a variety of musical instruments during lessons including keyboard, singing, ukulele, and percussion. In addition, students are encouraged to play their own instruments as part of their classroom music learning. We encourage creativity in music and identify musical ability regardless of previous experience.

At Finham Park we encounter students who have virtually no musical experience as well as those who have the ability to become professional musicians. Our lessons and activities are designed to challenge all to feel a sense of achievement in music.



Year 7, and 8 students experience two music lessons a fortnight. Students explore percussion, keyboards, singing, ukuleles within their music lessons.  Using, and garage band students use DAWs to compose their own pieces. All year 7 students have the unique opportunity to study an instrument for ten weeks. Students who choose to take GCSE Music study Eduqas GCSE. We are very excited to offer A level music from September 2022, students will study the Edquas syllabus.

Department Staff

Head of Department Ms J Sharkey
Ms R Atherton
Mr G Williams


Music Extra-Curricular Enrichment

We offer a range of musical extra-curricular activities to enhance our student’s musical experiences. New opportunities are also offered throughout the year. 2022 we offered STOMP a percussion ensemble experience, and Rock Band.


The following ensembles are all run throughout the year by the school:

  • Composers Club
  • Choir of Finham (no audition required)
  • Finharmonic(Orchestral instruments ensemble)

Instrumental Lessons

85 students currently study private instrumental lessons at Finham Park School.

Instrumental tuition is available on the following instruments:

Flute Violin Trumpet/Cornet Drumkit
Clarinet Viola Trombone Singing
Saxophone Cello Classical Guitar Electric Guitar
Oboe Piano/Keyboard Bass Guitar Acoustic Guitar


We welcome students who have already been learning instruments at primary school as well as those who would like to start to learn a new instrument.

If you would like to learn an instrument, email