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.

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. All year 7 have access to a 10 week program of lessons on an instrument of their choice. Disadvantaged students experience a different program which are instrument lessons for the duration of their access to pupil premium funding.

Students who have competence in an instrument are celebrated in ensemble lessons creating a band(s) developing ensemble skills adding extra challenge for instrumentalists appropriate to the skills in the class. Year 7 students will learn to perform a blues piece, year 8 reggae.

At Finham Park we encounter students who have virtually no musical experience as well as those who have achieved performance grades with ABRSM, and other exam boards. Our lessons and activities are designed to challenge all whilst also enables access for all levels.

Click here for the Learning Journey Music

Click here to download the Key Stage 3 Assessment Criteria in this subject (Years 7-9)


Key Stage 3 students experience two music lessons a fortnight. Students explore percussion, keyboards, singing, ukuleles within their music lessons.  Using students use software to compose their own pieces developing skills ready for GCSE Music. All year 7 students have the unique opportunity to study an instrument for ten weeks.  PP students have the opportunity to learn an instrument for the entire year. Students who choose to take GCSE Music study Eduqas GCSE where they learn about solo / ensemble performance, composition and appraising music. We are very excited to offer A level music from September 2022, students will study the Edquas syllabus.

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

Learning Journey Music

Department Staff

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:

SaxophoneCelloClassical GuitarElectric Guitar
OboePiano/KeyboardBass GuitarAcoustic 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