Music is a vibrant and exciting subject, which allows all students to be creative and develop skills at all levels in three key areas of performance, composition and listening, individually, in small groups and whole class ensembles.

At Key Stage 3 Music forms an important, enjoyable and fulfilling part of the curriculum for all students, where the active involvement in playing instruments, singing and using technology is a key to success.

In addition to the timetabled music lesson students have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument with a visiting instrumental teacher. Students are also encouraged to attend enrichment activities and given the opportunity to perform in concerts, academy celebration events, assemblies and charity events at the academy.

Teacher of Music: Mrs Selby

Visiting Peripatetic Staff

Voice – Mrs Tracey Lockhart
Drum/Guitar – Mr Justin Chambers
Piano – Mr Kevin Holt
Brass – Mr Tom Bond
Woodwind – Mr Dave Woods
String – Miss Katie Richards

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In KS3 students will explore and learn about the elements of music as well as develop their listening skills.  Students will have many opportunities to take part in solo and ensemble performances performing using keyboards, percussion, ukulele and voice during their weekly music lessons. Students will also develop composition skills using garage band.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

GCSE Music offers students the opportunity to develop their performance and composition skills through the 60% coursework element of the qualification. Students will also develop their theoretical understanding and listening skills through the analysis of music, this is through the study of set works. Students will follow the Edexcel Course.

Students opting to take the course will make extensive use of music technology to compose their own music and record their performance work. Students will use our Apple macs which gives the students the opportunity to use Sibelius software and GarageBand.


Monday Lunch

Vocal Group- All Years A1

Monday afterschool

Ukulele Club KS3 A1

Wednesday Lunch

KS3 Keyboard Club A1

Wednesday afterschool

KS3 Individual or Ensemble practice A1

GCSE Intervention A2

Thursday Lunch

Wind Group- All Years A1

Thursday afterschool

GCSE Intervention A1

Instrumental Tuition

The music department at OIEA provides facilities for students to enrol for private instrumental or voice lessons with visiting instrumental music teachers via the Derby and Derbyshire Music Partnership. These lessons take place during the normal school day on a rotation timetable.

Subsidies and Instrument Loan

Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership subsidises the cost of instrumental/vocal lessons through various remission schemes, including subsidies for new starters, SEN pupils, families facing financial hardship, tuition on minority instruments and additional support for pupils performing at higher grades.

It is usually possible for a pupil to borrow an instrument in order to access instrumental tuition, this is charged with a one-off instrument hire fee of £30.

How to Apply

If you are a parent/carer wanting regular instrumental or vocal tuition for your child, please contact Mrs Selby at school or via email to begin the process of arranging this.


The school puts on numerous musical performances throughout the academic year.

The two main concerts are the music departments Christmas and Summer Concerts where students across all year groups are invited to showcase their talents. Students have the opportunity to perform solo and ensemble numbers this is where the extra-curricular ensembles also perform.

Website Links

Love Music- Get involved and get playing with other students across Derbyshire.

GCSE Music Edexcel

Everything you need to know about the GCSE Music Course