The Music Faculty


Music is life

Faculty Staff

Hannah Landsman
Lead teacher of Music

We aim to ensure that;


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
In Year 7 we cover… Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Pulse, Instruments of the Orchestra, Form and Structure, Chinese Music In year 8 we cover… Blues, Calypso and Reggae, Theme and Variation, African Drumming, Sound and Space, Indian music, Recycled Rhythms In Year 9 we cover… Film Music, Ukulele Project, Fanfares, Musicals and The Lion King, Best Years of our lives (Band project), Popular Music.

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GCSE Music (Edexcel)
Do you enjoy performing music, on your own or in groups?  Do you like making up your own music?  Do you enjoy listening to different types of music?  If you can answer ‘Yes!’  to these questions, then the GCSE Music course may be for you!

We offer the GCSE Music Edexcel course which is broken down into 3 Units.

Unit 1: Performing Music Unit 2:Composing Music Unit 3 :Listening and Appraising

In this Unit of the course, you will have a chance to:
  • Perform as a soloist,
  • on an instrument of your choice
  • Perform as a member of a group
  • Learn improvisation techniques
In this Unit of the course, you will have a chance to

  • Produce group and individual compositions
  • Learn how to compose your own music
  • Learn about recording techniques
  • Use of music technology and use Garageband on iMacs to record your own work
In this Unit of the course, you will have a chance to:

  • Listen to the 12 set works from the 4 Areas of Study – Western Classical Music, Music in the 20th century, Popular Music in context and World music
  • Learn to analyse the set works and describe them using musical technical vocabulary
  • Improve your score-reading and knowledge of music theory.

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Current Year 10 GCSECurrent year 11 GCSE

Unit 1 – Performance – 30% Unit 2-Composition – 30% Unit 3 – Appraising – 40%

A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.

  • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
  • The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.
  • Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the year of certification and all materials for assessment submitted to arrive by 15 May in the year of certification.

Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief.

  •  One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition, carrying 40 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
  •  One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique, carrying 20 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration.
  •  Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language, based on six areas of study, each with three set works.

  • Vocal Music,
  • Instrumental Music,
  • Music for Film,
  • Popular Music and Jazz,
  • Fusions,New Directions.


.Students are also expected to be able to discuss and appraise unfamiliar works.

The exam consists of a written paper of 2 hours, with a total of 100 marks, which comes with an audio CD with the extracts to accompany questions.

For more information, please see the new Edexcel A-level music specification

A' Level Music EDEXCEL

Music workshop from Jeff Rich, drummer of Status Quo

In the classroom

Gifted and Talented         

Extra-Curricular Activities

Playing at the Art Exhibition 2017

Fearnhill Music Xtra

We are proud to offer students at Fearnhill the opportunity to experience various musical and theatrical shows.  During the coming year, there will be trips to both local and London based musicals and concerts for students to attend and broaden their musical experiences.

There is also tons of music going on in and around the school every week. Students who are interested in singing, rapping, Mc’ing or Beatboxing there is Fearnhill Voices club that is run on a Tuesday lunchtime. Also, we now have a set of 20 Ukulele’s and you can learn to play them for free at Ukulele Jam on a Friday lunchtime. If you play any of instrument, you are also welcome to join us for either of these sessions. Watch this space for more info as to when they will be performing in one of our concert or recital evenings.

Finally, for KS4 and 5 students, we have Musical Theory Support running on Monday’s after school – to help you read music better, analyse scores and to general improve your ability and confidence in the music exams.

Christmas show 2016


Instrumental Lessons

There are so many benefits from learning a musical instrument…  As well as developing your discipline skills, you boost your brain’s capacity, learn how to be more organised and be a team player, not to forget enhancing your mathematical skills.  All of this, and it’s fun as well!  We are very lucky here at Fearnhill School to be able to offer a wide variety of music instrumental lessons through the Hertfordshire Music Service.  These lessons take place during the normal school day and are timetabled on a rotational basis to ensure that your child does not miss the same lessons each week.  The lessons are reasonably priced and there is financial support available for those on low income. You can choose from lots of different instruments, including:

Piano, Violin, Flute, Trumpet, Classical Guitar, Voice, Viola, Clarinet, Trombone, Electric Guitar, Drum Kit, Cello, Saxophone, French Horn, Bass Guitar

And that’s not all…  Other instruments can be taught as well, so feel free to contact us if you have a specific instrument in mind that is not listed above that you would like your child to learn.  We have a small stock of instruments that we can lend out to students which can be arranged by contacting the school.