Music KS3

At KS3 Students are encouraged to explore musical genres, skills and traditions. Each year group will cover six unique topics with a focus on either performance or composition alongside relevant listening. Students will use keyboards, ukuleles, un-tuned percussion and music technology with assessment focused on their instrumental skill development and their use of core musical understanding. Students will have access to extra-curricular ensembles and can also opt to learn an instrument with one of our peripatetic tutors (please see below for further information).

Units covered at KS3 include:

Year 7

  • Podcasting
  • Musical Elements: Rhythm
  • Musical Elements: Pitch, Keys and Scales
  • Musical Elements: Chords and Structure
  • Bass
  • The Blues

Year 8

  • Music For Youth Infinity Project
  • Gamelan
  • RSL Ukulele Debut Grade: Pop Song
  • Minimalism
  • BBC Ten Pieces: Shostakovich Symphony No.10
  • Film Music

Year 9

  • Samba
  • Protest Song
  • RSL Music Production Project
  • Electronic Dance Music
  • Rock Band

Peripatetic Music Lessons

 Thomas Keble School recognises the importance and value of learning a musical instrument. Not only does it further an individual’s musical interests, abilities and knowledge, but it also helps their personal and emotional development, physical and motor co-ordination and facilitates the learning of a variety of social skills in addition to the development of perseverance and self-discipline.

With that aim in mind, we presently utilise various local specialist teachers to provide the school with a range of extra-curricular lessons and we will seek to maintain that provision and increase it whenever appropriate, in response to the needs and interests of our pupils.

If your child is interested in having lessons, please contact the appropriate teacher. If the interest involves an instrument not covered in the list, please contact the Head of Music and we will endeavour to find a suitable teacher, although obviously no guarantee can be made.

Please ask your son or daughter to speak to Mr Burgess in the Music Department if they require any further information.


BrassCornet; trumpetMiss Saffron
Double BassMiss Saffron
DrumsDrum kit; orchestral / percussiontbc
GuitarAcoustic; electrical; classicaltbc
Mandolin; ukuleletbc

Bass guitarMiss Saffron
PianoMr David
ViolinMr David
WoodwindFlute; clarinet; saxophoneMr David
Thomas Keble Music Key Stage 3