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Contacting the department

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Performing Arts department by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:    

The Music Department at Harborne Academy is exciting and vibrant with its main aim being to give every student the opportunity to flourish in their musical endeavours.

All students have the opportunity to experience music through composing, performing and analysing. There are opportunities for students to learn to play an instrument and develop their musical skills in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

We offer a wide range of musical activities for every student that caters for all ability levels, musical backgrounds and interests. In addition to classroom music, there are numerous extra-curricular ensembles: Choir, Ukulele Club, Keyboard Club, African Drumming Club and HEN.

Our music department works in collaboration with the Services for Education Music Service and offers a range of instrumental lessons including: drum kit, dhol, piano, guitar and singing.

Students have numerous opportunities throughout the year to perform in school, but also in the local and wider community, including carols at a local church, Christmas concerts, performances at the local nursing homes, Christmas at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and school assemblies.

The Music and Drama departments will collaborate to produce a whole school production in summer 2022


KS3 Music

Music in Key Stage Three aims to explore the key elements of music and give students the opportunity to learn four instruments. The schemes of work students will study are: Music theory and keyboard skills, singing, Blues music, vocal skills, music of Africa, carnival of the animals and Ukulele with ensemble skills. Students will learn to read music from the offset and will be exposed to many genres of music.

Students are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular music clubs from Year 7, to enhance their understanding of the subject, and become engaged with a wider variety of music.

KS4 Music

Year 10 students are following the OCR GCSE specification, this qualification allows students to access a wide range of music through listening and appraising, composition and performance.

We are currently running Rock School vocational qualification for Year 11. This course allows

students to explore the practical world of music and work on enhancing their performance, composition and understanding of the industry.

Overall Year Plan


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