Welcome to the Music Department

Welcome to the Music Department at Nottingham Free School!

The music department delivers a broad experience of musicianship to pupils by having opportunities to develop performance, composition and appraising skills.

The scheme of learning ensures that all students have the opportunity to develop these skills through practical and written assessment, allowing continual progress of these skills through the 3 or 5 years they study music. Through topic learning pupils are able to put the skills they learn into context within a variety of different genres. In all lessons, students are provided with work that challenges pupils but also supports students who need more guidance in lessons.

Pupils are taught how to use a variety of instruments, how to write music for various different genres and how to listen for certain stylistic characteristics. Both practical and theory assessments allow students to develop a well rounded approach at applying their knowledge in a variety of ways and these important skills are then transferrable into the GCSE curriculum.

Throughout their learning, careers within music are signposted allowing pupils to know the musical paths they could take. This encourages pupils to think about their GCSE choices and whether they wish to choose GCSE music to help with their career path.

The curriculum aids students to determine their musical preferences whilst also appreciating music from different styles and cultures. It allows pupils to experience music that they may have not had the chance to experience and also appreciate other forms of music.

Curriculum overview

To see the curriculum overview, please click here.

Instrumental Lessons at NFS

Pupils have the opportunity to have private lessons on musical instruments at Nottingham Free School. These lessons are provided by Nottingham Music Tuition.

The instruments we offer are:

Piano, Singing, Drums, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Trombone.

Additional Information

We have three concerts throughout the year after school hours which are to showcase the talent we have at NFS. Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in front of parents and peers and to build towards confidently playing to an audience.

We have a lunch time music club on a Monday to encourage creative music making as well as two enrichment lessons, Choir and School Band.

As students of Music we work hard

We are keen listeners, passionate about using the power of music to express ourselves and to develop our understanding of history, cultures and humanity. We are courageous and determined to perform with fluency and confidence, whilst growing our resilience to setbacks. Every idea we learn and use, in appraising, performing and composing is a stepping stone on our journey to success.

As teachers of Music we work hard

We cultivate safe learning environments where we fuel students’ curiosity about the best of what has been said, written and done within the world of music. We scaffold learning in ways that help students to develop their skills of appraising, performing and composing. We then support them to strengthen and sharpen their own skills and challenge them to never give up. We help our students to understand that confidence and resilience is essential to developing their goals in music .

As students of Music we are kind

We are growing up together. We listen together, discuss ideas together, and value each other’s opinions and interpretations. We are empathetic and respectful young people who appreciate the diversity in music and in our community.

As teachers of Music we are kind

We are role models for our students by demonstrating music often and by sharing our passion for music. We enjoy the privilege of sharing their journeys into discovering a wide range of different musical styles, helping them to develop and strengthen their creativity, power and identity.

January 2022


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