Welcome to the Sound Studies subject page. 

Sound Studies at Al-Hijrah school is a fun subject where we develop the musical skills, knowledge and experience of all pupils.

Pupils take part in a variety of singing, performing, composing, listening and evaluating activities.  They develop and gain an understanding and recognition of key elements of music which include the concepts of pitch, tempo, dynamics, duration, texture and timbre.

They develop skills, attitudes and attributes that support learning in other subjects, employment and life, e.g. listening skills, concentration, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

During Sound Studies pupils gain an understanding of how music is influenced by time and place, e.g. the effect of the occasion, purpose or venue and culture.

Pupils contribute their own ideas to a group compositions, explore how a range of different timbres can be produced by both conventional and non-conventional sound sources.  They further deepen their vocabulary when identifying and discussing different timbres whilst appraising a piece of music.

Students learn to express their own interests and increase their ability to make judgments about sound quality, group compositions and their own creativity. Pupils enjoy learning by playing and composing on keyboards.  They expand their understanding of musical knowledge of the notes on the keyboard, tones and semi tones, intervals and staff notation and explore key concepts of rhythm, pulse, ostinato, call & response and improvisation.

We aim to stretch all pupils and continuously develop the music curriculum so that it is aligned with students’ interests which is achieved through pupils feedback, their tastes and opinions.

Click here for the Curriculum Overview 2017-18

How Parents can Support

Parents are encouraged to work and support their children at home. They should engage in discussions with their children on the projects that they are working on as well as any homework they are asked to complete. Parents can use a variety of online resources to support their child, some are highlighted below:


Useful Websites:

National curriculum in England: music programmes of study

Programme of Study

Services For Education – Music Service

Services for Education

BBC Bitesize – Music KS2

KS2 BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize – Music KS3

KS3 BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize – Music GCSE

GCSE BBC Bitesize


Br Amran Ellahi Head of Sound Studies / Music