The music department at Buile Hill is outstanding. It is a thriving part of the school community and we believe that music is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps students to understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.
Our main priority and vision is to be a leading Music Department which is known for its commitment to every child succeeding through excellent teaching and creative learning.
Research shows that children who play an instrument, as a rule, do better in school than those who don’t. It suggests exposure to music benefits a child’s reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline, through teaching the students this we hope to embed these qualities that will translate to other subjects within school. We firmly believe that providing the students of Buile Hill with the chance to play a musical instrument will benefit them in later life and give them opportunities which may not have been available to them before.


Throughout Key Stage 3 Music is taught as a practical subject. Students receive an hour of Music a week and through the disciplines of performance, composition and listening, cover a wide variety of topics experiencing many styles of music from different times, genres and cultures. Students develop a range of musical skills with the emphasis firmly placed on enjoyment whilst gaining a breadth of skills.
We think that students should not only learn the fundamental skills needed in music, but should also be encouraged to enjoy and appreciate music in all of its forms, gaining a skill for life.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will study a range of topics

  • Minimalism
  • Music of the Classical Period
  • Song Writing
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music
  • World Music - Samba and Blues
  • Just Play - key fundamentals on instruments
  • Theme and Variation
  • World Music - Reggae



We follow AQA GCSE in Music which allows students to capitalise on their different musical interests and expand their knowledge of this versatile subject. Through the means of performance and composition students develop as musicians and composers.
Areas of study include a wide range of music including classical, world and popular music’s catering to all preferences. The GCSE is designed to allow the study of music through the integration of performing, composing, listening and appraising, with the opportunity to use music technology in either performance or as a compositional tool.
The course is broken down into the following areas:

  • Performance on your individual instrument
  • Creating two compositions
  • The study of two set works: Haydn’s Clock Symphony and The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • A listening exam on four areas of study - The Western Classical Tradition, Popular Music,
  • Traditional Music, Music from 1920 onwards

Students must play an instrument or sing to take this qualification; this is provided by the excellent team of peripatetic staff which support the department.

GCSE Music inspires performance at the highest level, students are actively encouraged to sit performance exams by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and Trinity Rock School to accompany their GCSE.


The BTEC Tech Award in Music Practise is a practical introduction to the life and work of the music industry. Students learn about the various music products, develop valuable skills and techniques in music creation, performance and production and explore potential careers in the industry.
The course has two internally assessed components and one which is externally assessed.

Component 1 - Exploring Music products and styles
Component 2 - Musical Skills Development
Component 3 - Responding to a Commercial Music Brief.

These components build on each other to motivate students by helping them put what they have learnt into practise and grow in confidence.

Extra-Curricular Performing Arts

Whatever your interest we have something for you in the Performing Arts Department at Buile Hill.
Over the past few years Performing Arts has expanded rapidly and is now an integral part of school life with numerous productions, concerts and events taking place in school every year and dozens more taking place in the community. Students here are given every available chance to work on, showcase their talents and shine.
Encore is our school singing group who rehearse weekly to a high standard. Encore is no ordinary singing group; we work hard and play hard – learning exciting and fun songs which can be enjoyed by everyone, especially us! The students have performed at a variety of locations and prestigious events including Salford Cathedral Christmas Carol Service, the Lowry Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music and live on BBC Children in Need. The group has also entered Manchester Choral Competition where they sang three songs against choirs from all over the world – they were Highly Commended by the judges for their excellent performances.

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