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Plumstead Manor School

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Department vision

The Music Department at Plumstead Manor School aims to produce confident and creative young people. From Year 7 through to Year 13, we embrace the many aspects of music which can help to develop life qualities such as confidence, discipline, creativity, self and peer analysis, teamwork, cultural knowledge and responsibility.

We encourage students to work both to set tasks and also independently, allowing room for their own creativity and curiosity. We cover a wide range of Western and World music, catering for a modern multicultural environment which aids the appreciation of all the cultures we embrace here at Plumstead Manor.

Most importantly of all, we aim to help students enjoy making and learning about music, and be as interactive and imaginative as possible.


Music lessons at Key Stage 3 are based around practical skills including Performing, Composing and Listening. The curriculum allows for a wide range of learning in both musical and cultural areas; covering the music and background of Europe, Africa, Asia, South and North America and the Caribbean. Students in Years 7 to 9 will have the opportunity to play authentic instruments in many of these styles, and lessons in various instruments are available to students free of charge.

Music studioAlongside this, students will learn basic theoretical and note-reading skills to help prepare them for studying music at a higher level should they wish to pursue it.

All students at Key Stage 3 learn keyboard in class, as well as take part in group activities involving various other instruments. Students all have the chance to perform and create music throughout all the units that are studied, as well as learning how to evaluate their own work and that of their peers, and realise targets to help them improve and develop.


At Key Stage 4, Plumstead Manor offers both GCSE Music and BTEC Level 2 Music in order to allow students to study a music course best suited to their skills and interests.KS4/5 students rehearsals

GCSE Music covers solo and ensemble performance, listening and evaluating, and spans over a vast area of music history; from early Western baroque and classical to modern dance and pop and traditional world music. Students also benefit from free instrumental lessons in their first choice instrument and the use of current music technology.

BTEC Level 2 Music is a course based on the modern music industry. Students will learn about performing, composing, production and studio recording, as well as studying the roles and structure of the music industry. There are plenty of opportunities to perform, both solo and in groups, and use music technology and our fully-equipped professional recording studio.


Extra-curricular activities





  • A Cappella – an unaccompanied advanced-harmony vocal group
  • Choir – a vocal group for all KS3 students


  • Begin-a-Brass – brass tuition for beginners
  • Blast Brass Band – brass band for more advanced players


  • Guitar Club – a group for beginner guitarists
  • Keyboard Club – for all keen keyboard players
  • Recorder Club – for those who wish to learn/continue the recorder
  • Rock Bands – music groups using band instruments, led by professional musicians
  • Steel Band – taught in groups on real steel pans
  • String Group – for string players of all levels
  • Theory Club – for those students wishing to learn music theory

Instrumental Lessons

Lessons are given on several instruments at Plumstead Manor, and are free for students. We can offer the following instrumental/music tuition:




  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Strings : Violin/Viola/Cello/Double Bass
  • Guitar/ Base Guitar
  • Flute
  • Steel Pans
  • Drum Kit
  • Blast Brass Band – brass band for more advanced players


  • Keyboard
  • Singing
  • Music Technology
  • Rock Band / Band Workshops


Various music groups and solo performers are regularly involved with community events and wider opportunities, and in the recent past we have taken part in the following events:

  • A cappella performed at Royal Festival Hall; the BT Tower; Blackheath Halls; Eltham Palace; Greenwich Community charity shop grand opening; the Head Teacher Awards; Woolwich Town Hall; Greenwich retirement homes; primary schools,  and various other community events.
  • Choir performed at the O2, Royal Albert Hall and at several other schools in Greenwich.
  • Selected singing students were asked to take part in BBC’s televised “Songs of Praise”.
  • Steel Band perform regularly at community events; London Marathon, local festivals and charity fetes and events.
  • Our Solo performers and school bands have sung and played at Plumstead Live Music Festival, Woolwich Square, Goldsmiths College; Greenwich Naval College; The Scoop (outside County Hall) as part of London Free Festival; Plumstead Live Festival; Woolwich Square; Plumstead Radical Club, and Blackheath Conservatoire.
  • We often run projects alongside other Arts Institutions and Organisations: Trinity College of Music; Brass Jaw; Mbawula singers; English National Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra.