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The music department reinforces and upholds the musical traditions of Wales through developing an array of musical activities including, singing groups and various choirs.  The choirs compete annually in the Eisteddfod and participate in esteemed performances throughout the year.  Composition, performance, developing an understanding of the history and musical theory behind the terminology is the aim.  Through all of these activities within the classroom and beyond we ensure that we promote the school community and showcase the school’s talent through all of Wales.

Mrs C Williams - Head of Department

Miss B Morgan

To contact a member of staff please email

Twitter: @CerddyFro
Extra Activities:
  • SATB Choir
  • Boys' Choir (junior)
  • Boys' Choir (senior)
  • Girls' Choir (junior)
  • Girls' Choir (senior)
  • Year 7, 8, 9 Choir
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Duets
  • Soloists

“I’m not entirely sure of what I want to study at University but I know that A level music will give me the confidence to be able to perform confidently on any stage as well as it being an interesting course to study - especially the Musical theatre element.” Alex Jenkins, Year 12

KS3 (Year 7-9)







The musical elements 



Instruments of the orchestra



Slave to the game - Composition






 Major and Minor key 



Music of the World  






The Blues 



 Pop music and chord development 


KS4 (Year 10-11)


The course provides an opportunity for pupils to develop their musical interests and talents, through performing, appraising and composing music.


Course Details

The 4 main areas of study listed below and will provide stimulus for composing, performing and appraising over the two-year course (see Unit 3):


Unit 1: Performing: Examination: 35% of the qualification

Do you play an instrument? Do you enjoy singing? Have you ever wanted to be in a band, singing group or orchestra? You will have an opportunity to develop your performing skills both as a soloist and as a member of a band or group during the two year course. A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble. One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice


Unit 2: Composing: Course Work: 35% of the qualification

You will need to present Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief.


Unit 3: Appraising: Listening Examination:1hour; 30% of the qualification You will listen to and discuss a variety of musical styles, taken from the 4 areas of study – from Baroque music to Rock and Pop. Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study listed below:

Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices Area of study

2: Music for Ensemble Area of study

3: Film Music Area of study

4: Popular Music Assessment






Listening examination CD

 One solo, one group piece  

 Submission of two pieces on CD as course work & written appraisal





KS5 (Year 12-13)

Subject Leader: Mrs Catrin A Williams

Examination Board: CBAC

Examinations: 40%

Coursework and Performance: 60%

Entry Requirements:

You’re expected to gain a high grade at GCSE in addition to being of grade 5 standard or above on an instrument or voice.

What is Music and what will I learn whilst studying?

This specification provides learners with the opportunity to study music in an integrated way where the skills of performing, composing and appraising reinforce knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.

The specification also allows learners to specialise in either performing or composing for an additional 8% of the qualification by providing two options for both Units 4 and 5 at A2. Studying music at this level will ensure an ability to combine various academic, creative and practical skills whilst developing the self-discipline to regularly rehearse an instrument or voice in order to perform confidently: very important skills for any challenging career.

Course Content:

Learners will develop information and an understanding of music through four areas of study

• The Western Classical Tradition - Religious Choral Music 1730-1800 with Mozart Requiem. A2 delves further into the Requiem through Verdi and the Romantic era.

• Musical Theatre – studying 4 composers – Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Michel Schonberg and Andrew Lloyd Webber. For A2 studies turn to American Musical Theatre with Sondheim and Schwarz.

• Twentieth and Twenty First Century music – Impressionism, Debussy and Ravel.

Possible Careers:

Essential for pursuing a music degree at university or to follow a performance course at a conservatoire, first steps to becoming a music teacher, tv and film work, enriching composition skills to name but a few.

Link to the website of the course: