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At Morpeth, we believe every child should have the opportunity to become a musician, experiencing the many benefits the subject provides. Music links to other curriculum areas, including Maths, History, Languages, Geography, Science and much more. Music is uniquely placed to provide skills in musicianship and support for broader curriculum study and to support the development of critical personal attributes such as confidence, communication, teamwork and self-reflection. 


From their first music lesson, regardless of prior experience, every child at Morpeth becomes a musician. Every child will experience playing a variety of musical instruments, both in solo and ensemble contexts. Every child will have the opportunity to discover a wide range of genres. Every child will learn how to read music. Every child will experience high-quality teaching and learning to enable them to pursue further study at Key Stage 4 if they wish to.



In addition to their experience playing rock and pop instruments in their curriculum music lessons, every child will have the opportunity to sign up for free instrumental tuition, led by our team of highly experienced peripatetic teachers, many of whom are active, touring musicians working with some of the country’s leading artists. Students can choose from:

  • Piano

  • Guitar

  • Bass Guitar

  • Drums

  • Vocals

  • Flute

  • Clarinet

  • Oboe

  • Bassoon

  • Saxophone

  • Trumpet

  • Trombone

  • Violin

  • Cello


All students at KS3 will learn music theory as part of their curriculum music lessons. In addition to this, many students receive extra theory tuition to help them progress as a musician.

Sheet Music and Guitar
Flute Lesson


Graded music exams are a key part of a child’s musical development. At Morpeth, students who are ready for either theory or practical music exams will be entered free of charge. Every Year 7 and 8 student will work towards their Grade 1 theory exams as part of the Music curriculum. The qualifications are from the world’s leading examination boards ABRSM and Trinity.

Music Equipment


All KS3 pupils will experience music-making using ICT in both Year 7 and 8. Using the latest industry standard software Logic Pro, pupils will investigate a variety of genres, compose music, and begin to learn about the art of mixing, using the same techniques as professional producers.

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