Welcome to MUSIC

We are incredibly proud of our lively, vibrant and inclusive music department at Great Academy Ashton. Students are encouraged a learn through and engage with a variety of musical styles and traditions in lessons and beyond. Our extra-curricular program includes weekly sessions where students can develop skills and knowledge in a fun and engaging environment. We also invite family and friends into the school regularly to watch our full-scale musical productions and showcases.

The department has two PC suites which run CUBASE composition software and 4 practice rooms designed for recording, ensemble rehearsals and individual study. We are lucky enough to provide a number of dedicated students with a free 20-minute music lesson per week on either Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Drum-Kit or Keyboard and currently have three visiting peripatetic staff in addition to our music staff.

Our aim is to inspire and champion a love of performance in every student. Mould. Develop. Accomplish. Perfect.

Department Staff

  • Music Subject Lead – Lynsey Kavanagh
  • Music teacher – Rachel Dines
  • Peripatetic teacher – David Insua-Cao
  • Peripatetic teacher – Jim Wilson
  • Peripatetic teacher – Charlie Treanor

Curriculum Overview Key Stage 3

Music is apportioned one x 100-minute lesson per fortnight

Year 7

  • Keyboard Skills and Music Theory 1
  • Music for Film – Horror
  • Pachelbel Arrangement

Year 8

  • Keyboard Skills and Music Theory 2
  • Passport to World Music
  • Computer Game Music

Year 9

  • Pop Song Performance
  • Samba/STOMP
  • Blues

Curriculum Overview Key Stage 4

Year 10/11

KS4 students are given the choice between OCR GCSE Music or BTEC Music First Award. Both courses are of equal value but differ in content. Each course is apportioned 3 x 100-minute lessons per fortnight.


GCSE music is a practical/academic course with a 40% written exam, 30% performance element and 30% composition element. It is suitable for students who are competent at playing a specific musical instrument, have some experience in composition and have demonstrated good progress and attainment in music lessons. The course is not suitable for those with limited literacy skills.


  • My Music
  • The Concerto through Time
  • Rhythms of the World
  • Film Music
  • Conventions of Pop

BTEC First Award

BTEC music is a practical/academic course. 4 different units of work must be completed. Each unit it weighted equally and are then added together to calculate an overall grade. It is suitable for students who are beginning to play or are competent at playing a specific musical instrument. The course is vocational. This means that it develops skills and knowledge that equip the learner with ‘real life’ ability to work in an area of the music industry.


  • Unit 1 – The Music Industry (1 hour externally assessed written examination)
  • Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product
  • Unit 4 – Music Composition
  • Unit 5 – Music Performance


All homework activities are now posted on each individual music ‘class team’ on Microsoft TEAMS.