Harris Academies
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Music Curriculum and Scholarship

Music at HAB is delivered in a variety of mediums. Students are all offered the chance to study an instrument through one to one lessons in a wide range of instruments; violin, trumpet, singing, drumming, guitar and many more. Music Scholarships are offered to year 7 students who have two instrumental lessons a week, attend workshops with professional musicians as well as seeing live music every term. Music is also embedded into the Performing Arts curriculum. Within the Dance curriculum students perform and work with many different genres of music as well as making their own percussive sounds. In Drama students work to build soundscapes from many different forms of stimuli and work with music when creating physical theatre performances.

Curriculum Overview

The Music Department runs a full programme of instrumental and singing lessons which is available to all students wishing to participate in Music. These lessons are free and fully subsidised by the Academy. In addition there are extracurricular activities on offer. A GCSE class is offered as an extra option at Key Stage 4 on a Saturday for students wishing to pursue their studies at a higher level.

Facilities at the Academy include a keyboard classroom equipped with computers for music technology, a professional recording studio, a central classroom and several instrumental rooms for lessons and practice. Instruments are available on free loan to students who pass the initial trial period.

The instrumental programme offers lessons in piano, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, singing and music technology. Lessons take place during the academy day on a rotating timetable. Student at Key Stage 4 usually have their lessons at times which do not clash with academic lessons.

Key Stage 3

Music is taught through the Dance and Drama Schemes of Learning. All Key Stage 3 students are also offered the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument with one to one tuition provided. Theme Days provide a further opportunity for wider music education and Year 7 and 8 students all benefit from working with a Choir Master in an hour session each week. Music also features heavily in our oversubscribed Performing Arts Saturday School.

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE in Music

This is a 2 year course offered to students in years 9 and 10 who have already been studying Music on the instrumental programme and have the potential to extend their studies. Students study a broad course in Music covering different styles, periods and cultures. They learn to compose and perform solo and in ensemble as well as evaluate their work. A listening exam is taken at the end of the course.

HAB Scholarship Programme

Our Scholarship Programme offers, at no cost to the student

  • 1 masterclass per half term with leading professional musicians
  • 1 trip to see professional live Music Concerts each half term
  • Tuition for Two Instruments
  • Weekly Theory lessons
  • Entry to ABRSM exams when the student is ready


To find out more download the HAB Music Scholarship document in pdf format or digital formatTo be a HAB music scholar from this September call Vicki Inglott on 020 7237 9316.

Extra Curricular Activities

The Academy runs an orchestra, several bands, a choir, song writing and a music technology club all open to students to participate in after school. In addition, there are opportunities to go to concerts outside of the Academy to see professional performances.


Concerts are held every term where parents/carers have the opportunity to see their daughters perform. There are also opportunities for students to perform in assemblies.

External Music Exams

Students are entered for exams for Trinity Guildhall (jazz and classical), ABRSM and Rockschool if they wish to gain extra qualifications.