Judgemeadow’s Music Department is forward-thinking, energetic and committed to embracing and nurturing the academic and performance abilities of any pupil who is interested in music, whether they are a musical specialist or an enthusiast.

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Judgemeadow Community College has a very long tradition of musical excellence, and has always sought to provide the widest possible range of musical experiences for all students. We offer tuition on most instruments, and voice.

Our highly experienced peripatetic teachers are able to teach up to diploma level. There are ensembles to suit every student, from the Orchestra to more advanced pupils participating in our highly acclaimed Jazz Group and Choir. All those taking lessons are required to participate in at least one ensemble activity as part of their musical experience. Judgemeadow also strongly encourages rock music and music technology, and offers specific electric guitar tuition and a Music Technology group. The school has several rock bands from beginner to advanced level.


Academic Music

The music curriculum at Judgemeadow seeks to build students’ key musical skills, incorporating the three strands of modern music education; performing, composing, listening and appraising. Class work makes use of the department’s two music rooms, which provide 26 PC workstations per room. Each workstation has a midi keyboard and the PCs are equipped with Sibelius 5, Reason and Cubase software for both notation and music technology work. students achieve high standards in composition at KS4, and works by the college students can feature in the school’s concerts as well as scoring highly in public examination.


Curriculum overview

All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 follow a broad and exciting curriculum.  Students study the basics of music theory and notation, together with world music including Bhangra, Reggae, The Blues and African music, as well as dance, pop and classical music from the last 500 years. Students get the chance to make full use of our professional software packages for notation and music technology. Performance is of course integral to our course, and all students use keyboards, Djembe drums, guitars and drum kits in the course of their studies.


Year 7 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
The Beatles
  • Introduction to Music
  • Singing
  • Basic ukelele chords
  • Reading Rhythms
  • Introductory keyboard skills (solo)
  • Elements of music / rehearsal skills
  • 'Ode to Joy' - Beethoven
  • 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' (Grieg) from BBC 10 pieces

Year 7 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Video Game Music (performance)
  • Keyboard skills (ensemble), rehearsing as a group
  • Musical elements in greater depth
  • Appraising skills
Video Game Music (composition)
  • What makes an effective melody?
  • Composing melodies for videogame characters
  • Accompaniments

Year 7 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Musical Futures Band Project 1
  • Band skills: Guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, singing

Year 8 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
The Blues
  • Playing 12 bar chord sequences on keyboard / ukelele
  • Playing short melodies with complex rhythms
  • Improvisation
Music of the Caribbean
  • Performing/composing Calypso melodies on keyboard / ukelele
  • Reading notation and rhythm
  • Performing reggae chord sequences on keyboard/guitar/ukelele

Year 8 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Film Music (performance)
  • Performing the theme to 'Jurassic Park'
  • Advanced notation reading
  • Types of accompaniment
Film Music (composition)
  • Composing the music for a movie short
  • Tonality - major/minor/modulation
  • Developing a leitmotif
  • Music careers in the film industry

Year 8 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Riffs and Hooks
  • Band skills: Guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, singing, playing by ear
  • Listening & appraising popular music
  • Developing performance skills on an instrument


Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Theme and Variation
  • Developing own versions of a given piece of music
  • Tonality: modulating from major to minor
  • Composition techniques
'Africa' by Toto
  • Appraising rock music
  • Band skills / performing chords on piano / guitar / ukelele
  • Work linked to Eduqas set work 'Africa' by Toto
  • Composing and notating a melody, arranging chords

Year 9 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Arranging and Notating
  • Introduction to Musescore
  • Music Theory - notes on a stave and rhythm values
  • Orchestration / arrangement skills

Year 9 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Solo Performance
  • Instrument practice, rehearsal skills and discipline
  • Selecting music at an appropriate level
  • Introduction to GCSE performance criteria

Year 10 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Area of Study 4: Popular Music
  • Performance of set work 'Since You've Been Gone' by Rainbow
  • Composing pop songs
  • Analysis/performance of musical styles such as rock, pop, bhangra
Area of Study 2: Music for Ensemble
  • Composition notebook: developing a melody
  • Analysis/performance of musical styles such as musical theatre, jazz, blues

Year 10 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Area of Study 2: Music for Ensemble (cont)
  • Composition notebook: developing a melody
  • Analysis/performance of musical styles such as musical theatre, jazz, blues
Area of Study 3: Film Music
  • Developing use of Musescore, leitmotif
  • Analysing in greater detail: the long question
  • Composition notebook: creating mood and character

Year 10 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Area of Study 1: Musical Form and Structure
  • Performing and analysing the set work, 'Minuet and Trio from Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart
  • Features of the baroque, classical and romantic periods
  • Individual free composition coursework

Year 11 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Composition and Solo Performance
  • Completion of free composition coursework
  • Developing solo performances
  • Recapping musical elements and areas of study
  • Exam questions
Composition: Exam Briefs
  • Choosing and developing exam board brief compositions

Year 11 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Composition: Exam Briefs
  • Completing exam board brief second compositions
  • Recapping musical elements and exam questions
Ensemble Performance
  • Preparing for ensemble performances

Year 11 Summer Term

Topic Overview
  • Exam preparation, music analysis, past papers, identifying elements, revision of set works


BTec Music Technology

With Music Technology, the Edexcel specification is followed which develops skills in arranging, recording and sequencing.


Music Lessons

Students benefit from the teaching of staff who maintain active professional performing careers. A variety of talented peripatetic instrumental teachers come into school to deliver high quality lessons to students on a private basis. Students are entered for performance exams with a variety of internationally renowned exam boards, and are incredibly successful. For more information about instrumental lessons, please see the information listed below:

At Judgemeadow we offer instrumental and vocal lessons with a variety of outstanding private peripatetic teachers.  There is a cost involved, but this is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their interests and valuable life skills. Pupils receive their instrumental/vocal lessons during the school day but all communication regarding the arrangement and payments are made directly between parents/carers and the instrumental/vocal teacher. 

The provisions are as follows:


Instrument Name of Teacher Teacher contact details
Woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone) Ms Su Robinson
Piano Mr Martyn Hill

Drum Kit Mr Damon Clarridge
Guitar (electric, bass & classical)

Mr Michael Haddon  (Noise Tuition)


Ms Lornette Ford (Leicester Vocal Tech)

Brass (trumpet, cornet, trombone)

Mr Alan Holford
Violin, Viola Ms Tamaki Dickenson

If you would like to start playing a musical instrument or continue to learn, then please contact the relevant teacher.  If you already have lessons and would like to continue with a teacher not on our list then please ask your teacher to contact Mrs O’Hara

If you have any questions regarding instrumental/vocal tuition please feel free to talk to or email Mrs O’Hara (email address at the bottom of this page)



Judgemeadow students perform in several concerts each year, ranging from major performances in school, to informal concerts, assemblies or recitals that introduce pupils to the experience of performing in public for the first time. A number of students go on to study music at A level, and many of our past students have gone on to study music at major universities and music colleges.

You can hear our student performances for yourself by visiting the Judgemeadow Soundcloud page where their exceptional talent is showcased. 


Performance Exams

Students can be entered for performance exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in consultation with their instrumental/vocal teacher. The college is an examination centre for the ABRSM. This means that students are able to take their graded practical exams during a week towards the end of each term.The department recognises that music exams are not the most appropriate target for all young musicians, and informal or formal performance opportunities are therefore integral to the school's concert programme with a view to providing appropriate goals for every student.



A variety of staff and student run ensembles exist within the school. The orchestra meets on a Thursday afternoon, performing music from a wide variety of styles, whilst Vocal Group is a Tuesday afternoon. There are a number of active bands in the upper year groups. In addition, the department is open every day at break, lunchtimes and after school for personal practice.

Jazz Group

The Jazz Group is one of the department’s principal ensembles, with a full line-up of wind and brass and a rhythm section, and including female and male vocalists. The group plays jazz in a wide range of styles to a very high standard. The Jazz Group has undertaken many performances, including Music for Youth at the Birmingham Conservatoire.


The Orchestra is a full sized ensemble comprising strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. It is made up of pupils who are grade 3 and above. Their repertoire is taken from works from the baroque period to the romantic period, while also performing scores taken from film and TV.

Our choir recently joined with City of Leicester College and St Paul’s School to perform a concert at The Curve.


Unrivalled Opportunity!

Instrumental lessons and performance opportunities

We continue to offer a rainbow of exceptional opportunities both in the classroom and after school for our students to learn, perform, achieve and excel.

Five of our instrumentalists took performance exams at the end of the last term, with very good results: 1 pass and four merits.  Our instrumental lesson timetable continues to be as busy as ever.


Judgemeadow College provides more instrumental lessons for our pupils than any other city school. 


After the restructuring of Leicestershire Arts in Education – now renamed Leicester-Shire Music Service – the Music Department is now solely responsible for the provision of instrumental lessons at school.  From the outset, I have been determined to engage specialist teachers for each instrument, and to maintain a continuity of service. 

Extracurricular groups continue this academic year, working towards performances at our three concerts.  Jazz Group continues to meet at 7.30 am on a Monday, and Music Technology group on a Monday afternoon, with orchestra on Tuesday afternoon.  We are looking into the viability of forming a staff-student choir. 

Again, this offers our students far more opportunities than most city and county schools.




Head of Music