Contact details:
Name : Mr H Lanzillotti
Position : Curriculum Area Leader 
Email address :


Music Curriculum Overview

music overview 2.pdf

Curriculum Intent:

As a department our aims are to:

  • Play and perform music - Bring the student into closer contact with music by performing solo and in small ensembles.
  • Listen and appraise music - Develop the ear through listening and appraising music
  • Sing and participate in ensembles - Create an enthusiasm for singing 
  • Compose, create and improvise - Demonstrate to students how to develop their listening, composing and performing skills 
  • Learn about notation and the musical elements - understanding the language of music
  • Encourage every child to be a music reader- Instil a desire to ‘reach for the stars’ and achieve the highest possible standards
  • Offer a variety of opportunities for students to perform in school and in the local community


At KS3, students follow a variety of schemes of learning to both engage and support them in their music making. They are assessed using the national curriculum framework which enables them to see the progress they are making with clear targets to help them further improve. Learning focuses on developing students’ listening and aural skills through instrumental and vocal work and through composing. Students are given a variety of opportunities to join in group music making from singing in choirs to playing instruments in bands. The course prepares students to move from KS3 into KS4, with learning targets designed to ensure a smooth transition towards working with higher level material.

The Music Department at Selby High School offers a BTEC qualification in music. The BTEC qualification focuses on performing music (both solo and in an ensemble), using software to create music for film and media, managing a music production and careers in the music industry.  The BTEC qualification on offer is through Edexcel. The BTEC route affords the opportunity for students to develop their musical interests with a broad, rich and modern approach. Students will have the facility of a well equipped recording studio, suite of Mac computers, Microsoft laptops and the latest composition software.

These qualifications prepare students for further study in music and music technology at both Selby and York Colleges, with some students choosing to go to Leeds College of Music to further their studies.

For more details on the above areas of study:

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips

School Choir, Swing Band, Year 7 Young Voices, Guitar Group
Visiting peripatetic teachers offer instrumental lessons on: Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Classical Guitar, Piano, Drums and Singing

Saturday Music Centre: 9.30am – 12.15pm organised and staffed by NYCC music service.