Music Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs R Atkinson-Brown the Curriculum Leader.

  • Mrs R Atkinson-Brown - Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs D Howarth 

Instrumental Staff

Please see the following letter from Mrs Atkinson-Brown. The return slip from the letter must be completed and sent back to school before any peripatetic lessons can begin.

Peripatetic Music Letter

Music Letters for Peripatetic Staff

Other Lessons

  • Singing lessons - please contact Mrs Howarth or Mrs Atkinson-Brown
  • Woodwind lessons - please contact Mrs Atkinson-Brown


The Music Department aims to provide students throughout the school with a rich variety of musical experiences, which combine the three principal areas of performing, composing and listening.

In Year 7 students receive Music lessons once weekly. In Year 8 and Year 9 students receive one lesson every two weeks.

Students follow a structured course of half-termly projects. Through explorations of both Western Music and World Music, students will develop skills in aural perception, recognition and appreciation of musical styles and cultures. A variety of practical opportunities are built into the projects to develop performance skills in vocal and instrumental music. Students are encouraged to be creative and imaginative through composing activities. At all times, work is designed to stimulate and develop students’ awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the subject.

Aims of the Curriculum

  • Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their best in music
  • Confident individuals, who are able to perform, listen and compose safely and find healthy fulfillment from discussing creative ideas
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to an increasing creative society

Music Curriculum Documents

The KS3 Music Curriculum Overview diagram can also be seen below:


Please see details of Music clubs below or here:



Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2019

You can read all about the 'Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' show here

Andrew Dawson is Oliver Twist!

One of our talented students, Andrew Dawson, has secured the role of Oliver Twist in a new production at The Grand Theatre in Blackpool and there will be a trip to see the show - read more information here.

Balshaw's Awarded School Membership by Music Mark

See this news article for more information.


Please look at the documents below for more information about Music at Balshaw's Church of England High School: