Music priorities

  • Students are given the opportunity to express themselves using practical methods
  • Students are given opportunities to have certain peripatetic lessons free of charge.
  • All students will build on music skills
  • Communication and group skills will develop as part of the learning.
  • Students will learn more coordination techniques that can be carried over to other activities.
  • Self-learning will be key to help students prepare for their futures.

At the Music Department in The Ruth Gorse Academy, students learn practical methods of playing and performing music. Students will go through processes of practicing, performing and reviewing and learn how to evaluate their own work themselves. This a key part of the culture of the Music Department and students take great pride in their work.


The music department at The Ruth Gorse Academy has two fully equipped music rooms with keyboards, guitars and djembe drums. The department has its own computer suite with 21 iMacs. The iMacs have music software such as logic, Sibelius and garage band. The suite is used by all year groups. 30 iPads are also available for students to record their work and show evidence of progress.

Peripatetic Lessons

Instrumental lessons are available for all students at a greatly subsidised rate. Students can currently study: guitar, piano, voice, drums. The Academy along with Opera North provide free of charge orchestral instrument tuition on Wednesdays after school. To get further information about this program please get in touch with the Academy.


We pride ourselves on giving students as many performing opportunities as possible. Students are currently preparing for “We Will Rock You”. Later in the year students will be rehearsing and preparing for termly concerts that will be open to a wider audience. Please watch out for tickets!


Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Developing Musical skills Graphic score and performance The Blues Music and the media Musical theatre
Performance, composition and Listening skills will be developed using themes such as STOMP and Pachelbel’s canon. Students will learn how to read and write basic rhythms, develop their musical performance skills as individuals and groups and learn how to play melodies on the keyboard. Students will delve into a more contemporary style of music looking at different ways music can be composed and represented. Students will also develop ensemble skills. Students will develop new knowledge of chords and walking basslines. Students will get build confidence and learn how to improvise. Students will look at how music is represented in the media world looking in detail at adverts. Students will compose their own music for an advert of their choice. Students will develop knowledge of many different genres of musical theatre with opportunities to sing and perform songs on instruments.
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
The Music Industry Musical futures World music Film Music
Students will have their first look into how the music industry works. They will then look at song writing and methods to help them create their own music. Students will look at live performance in the music industry. Students will explore the skills required to perform live and also develop their own performance skills in the process. Students will further learn how the music industry works financially and about jobs within that market. Students will learn how to independently perform cover versions of songs making the music into their own style. Students will be taking skills they have learned and using them in a fully independent project. Students will choose a piece of music and create their own cover version. They will work as individuals and then in groups. A look into Samba, Japanese, Reggae and Indian music. Students will perform in different styles on an around the world style basis. One lesson per country. A final chance to explore composition and demonstrate skills to their highest standard. Students will use the macs to make their own music to match a scene of music.