Beauchamps High School Choir ~ Southend Music Festival Winners


The aim is to inspire a love for this subject and to ignite the excitement and thrill for musical training at all levels. Keeping the department, a vibrant and purposeful area where students grow as musicians is key. They will learn to play instruments and to sing a wide range of songs. Students will develop their existing skills into becoming creative composers, exploring new possibilities within sound and producing their own music. We endeavour to produce quality performances, inside and outside of school, demonstrating musicality, expression, confidence, teamwork and individuality where students can grow as musicians and be proud of their achievements. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of world music, understanding the elements of each genre and developing their curiosity of each style.

 Beauchamps Christmas Concert


All Students at Beauchamps High School, study music at Key Stage 3 until the end of Year 8 and then they have the choice to continue music in Year 9.  At Key Stage 4 pupils may select to study Music as a GCSE course.

Key Stage 3

Within the genres of Classical, World and Popular music, students study and engage in a range of styles, through composition, performance, listening and appraising. Our students learn to play musical instruments inside and outside of the classroom. This is through peripatetic music tuition, supplied by Essex Music Services. They can also attend extra curricula activities provided for Key Stage 3 at lunchtimes and after school.


African Drumming Ensemble

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 music follows the OCR syllabus. Pupils explore composition, listening and appraisal techniques through the exploration of the four areas of study based on the genres of Classical, World and Popular music.

Throughout the course, students develop their performance skills to deliver a solo and group performance of pieces that are targeted to the individual needs of each pupil

Music Curriculum Overview

Course Title:  GCSE Music

Awarding Body: OCR

Why study Music?


Musicians are amazing people. Not only do they know how to perform on their instrument(s) and/or with their voices, but they can also create their own music. They can work with other people, be creative, and show discipline when practising. They can listen to lots of different types of music and describe in detail what they hear. In order to understand music and how it works a musician’s knowledge spans Maths, English, Physics, Biology, Technology, History, Geography, Languages, Politics, Art and Culture.

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Course Outline

The course aims to further develop the core musical skills developed in previous years:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Listening

The course is divided into five areas of study

  1. My Music (spotlight on my instrument)
  2. The Concerto through time (1650-1910)
  3. Rhythms of the World
  4. Film Music
  5. Conventions of Pop Music (1950's to present day)

More information and the full syllabus can be found at:



GCSE Music Showcase and our Christmas Concert

Assessment Format

OCR GCSE Music (9-1) J536

Integrated Portfolio 30% - coursework.

You will develop solo performances and compositions for your instrument(s) and/or voice(s) based on Area of Study 1.  

Practical Portfolio 30% - coursework.

You will develop group performances and compositions to briefs set by OCR on Areas of Study 1-5. 

Listening and Appraising 40% - examination.

You will answer questions based on Areas of Study 2-5 from musical extracts that you listen to.

What skills will I need to be successful in this subject?

Performance skills on an instrument(s) and/or voice(s); it is highly recommended that you take individual music lessons to complement and consolidate the work done in the classroom. 

Composing skills; creating music for yourself and others to perform.

Music Technology skills; Using Music Technology to realise your performances and compositions.  It is highly recommended that you have access to ICT music software at home.

Listening skills; being able to apply your knowledge of music to a wide range of styles and genres.

GCSE music can be the springboard for many music related career pathways including; Music Producer; Club DJ; Rock Star; Vocalist; Songwriter; Record Producer; Recording Engineer; A & R co-ordinator; Music Teacher; Composer; Music Therapist; Radio DJ; Music Director; Programme Director; Session Musician; Conductor; Booking Agent; Music Journalist.

More music career ideas can be found here


With consistent drive and commitment from students and staff alike, we are so proud of our achievements and success rate, including productions, festivals and formal concerts. Commitment to study has also affected the success in GCSE Music in a positive way, regularly yielding very good results, high above the National Average.  

Beauchamps High School Choir ~ Leigh-on-Sea Music Festival Winners

Extra Curricular Activities 
  • School choir
  • Upper school singing ensembles
  • School band
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Violin club
  • African Drumming band
  • Southend Music Festival
  • Leigh-on-Sea Music Festival
  • Residential care homes
  • Theory club
  • Keyboard club
  • Concerts in school and the local community.
  • Whole school musical production.
  • Group practice - students are encouraged to form their own ensembles and prepare performance pieces, in particular at Key Stage 4.
  • Solo practice - students are encouraged to develop solo performance skills and prepare pieces for public performance in concerts, the community, for GCSE, Trinity College London and Associated Board of Music exams.
  • Individual instrumental and vocal lessons (charges may apply)
  • Regular visits to see musical theatre and live music events.
Parental Support

Encourage your child to take part in the extra curricular activities that are available and to start playing/continue playing a musical instrument.

Choir singing at our local residential care home for the elderly

Southend Music Festival winning cup for choral performance