Dhahran British Grammar School

Quality British Education in Saudi Arabia


In Key Stage 3, pupils are taught a range of musical activities that integrate performing, composing and appraising.  They work on their own, in groups of different sizes and as a class.  They use ICT to create, manipulate and refine sounds.  They work with a range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures including music from the British Isles, the ‘Western classical’ tradition, ‘Eastern classical’ tradition, folk, jazz and popular genres, and by well-known composers and performers.  Lessons combine theory, instrumental performance and musical analysis.
There are two school concerts per year in which the majority of students participate.

Key Stage 3 pupils are also given the opportunity to join the school band.  This program is offered as an after school activity. 

Schemes of Work:

  • National Curriculum Strategy, QCA documents
  • Music Matters, volumes 1, 2 and 3.
  • Keyboard For Classes


  • Class set of keyboards
  • Band instruments
  • Class set of Orff instruments (i.e. xylophones, glockenspiels)
  • A range of percussion instruments
  • A collection of recorders

Year 7:

  • Musical processes (theory and composing)
  • Form and Structure of Music
  • Musical Cycles – focus on music from Java and Bali
  • Musical Arrangements – create new arrangements for existing music
  • Exploring acoustic and electronic sounds using music technology

Year 8

  • Chords / Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Variations – exploring ways to develop musical ideas
  • Music for Dance – focus on African dance music
  • Hooks and Riffs – repeated melodic and rhythmic devices
  • Exploring musical introductions and the development of themes

Year 9

  • 5 and 7 time
  • North Indian Classical Music – Bhajan / Qawwali
  • Music and Media – how music is used
  • The Concerto – characteristics
  • Song – exploring songs and the use of music technology

Useful links

BBC Games Machine website

Music Teacher's Resource site

MusicAtSchool website

Ricci Adams' Music Theory website

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

Morton Subotnick's Creating Music website

abcmusicnotes website

ArtsAlive.ca website - a great place to discover the excitement of the performing arts!