Music Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs Bache.

  • Mrs Bache
  • Mrs D Howarth 
  • Miss S McHale

September 2022
Please note this page is currently under review due to the recent appointment
of Mrs Bache as the Curriculum Leader for Performing Arts.

Musical Futures Online

Students have access to Musical Futures Online and can ask their Teacher for a username and password to login

Music Department

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

Please see the document below for full details of the curriculum statement of intent, implementation and impact

Music Curriculum Statement

Please see the documents below for the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum plans:

Key Stage 3 and 4 Music Curriculum Documents

Peripatetic Lessons

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

Peripatetic Music Letter

Other Lessons

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


Please see details of Music clubs below or here:

Thank you for the Music - Summer 2022

We were delighted to be able to showcase the musical talents of our wonderful students on Wednesday 20th July.

You can read more 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: