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Overview of the Music Department

The music department at Crayford consists of a team of two teachers, nine peripatetic teachers and one part time music technician. The department is equipped with a fully dedicated Mac suite for music technology, a recording studio, five practice rooms, a keyboard room and a storage room with a large variety of instruments, such as acoustic guitars, electric guitars, ukuleles and percussion instruments. 

The extra curricular life of the department is vibrant and exciting with ensembles such as year 7 and 8 choirs and bands, samba band, senior choir and orchestra. Our annual concerts include the Southwark federation carol service, Christmas concert, Eisteddfod talent competition, annual musical and visits to see live concerts and musicals. 

Meet the Music teachers

Name Role About them 
C. Haciosman   Head of Department 

Mrs Haciosman joined the department in 2018. After studying a BMus and MMus, she spent a couple of years teaching piano and working as a freelance musician before training to be a music teacher.  
F. Winston  Teacher Mr Winston joined in the department in 2018. He has previously worked as a composer, performer, teacher and gained a Masters in Music Education in 2006.  
S. Ballard  Violin teacher

Mrs Ballard has been teaching at Haberdasher’s Crayford since 2013.   

She had been playing the violin since the age of 7 and studied Microelectronic and Radar engineering at the Merchant Navy College.  After a career in IT, and a break to have children, she decided to go back to my music and teaching the violin/music theory. 

A. Simpson 

Woodwind teacher  Mr Simpson has been teaching at Crayford since the school opened. He teaches flute, clarinet,  saxaphone and oboe and runs the school orchestra. 
L. Barrett  Piano teacher  Mrs Barrett started working at Crayford Academy in the spring of 2018, she studied a BSc in Psychology with the Open University, and her background in working with young people with special needs gives her a firm belief in the therapeutic value of learning a musical instrument. 
M. Linnell  Voice and piano teacher   
D. Price  Guitar teacher   
G. Thomas Brass teacher   
A. Ticino   Drumkit teacher  After studying Classical and Latin Percussion in Uruguay, Andres played with the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Perceum percussion quartet, touring Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. In 2001 he moved to London, where he has performed at venues like the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Cafe, the Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall. 
S. Holmes   Voice teacher   Mrs Holmes has been teaching at Crayford Academy since 2012. She studied Voice Performance at the Royal College of Music (BMus (Hons), PGDip) and the Flanders Opera Studio, Belgium and has enjoyed an international performing career ever since.

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 3

Music education is unparalleled in its ability to stimulate personal, emotional and intellectual development, and motivate social change. Its purpose is to prepare the next generation of informed and content citizens to appreciate music for its own sake. We believe every student is inherently musical, given the right conditions. We want to open up the vast world of music making, spanning different times, places and cultures, allowing all students to interact in a multitude of different ways; as vocalists, instrumentalists, through technology and as composers and performers. We want to inspire students to pursue a life enriched by music, giving them the knowledge and skills to access their creativity. We recognise that many students’ involvement in music occurs outside of the classroom, in extracurricular activities, both within and outside of school. These include visits to musical events, organised ensembles and opportunities for independent learning. This brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding into the classroom, instilling with it habits and behaviours that foster a community, which is resilient, respectful and joyful. Above all, music teaches us to listen, not only to our own ‘voices’ but to those of others. The founding idea behind music at key stage 3 is to prepare students for further study at GCSE and to cultivate a lifelong love of performing, listening and making music.  

View our Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 4

The GCSE Music curriculum is broken into three strands of performing (30%), composing (30%) and listening and appraising (40%). Students must be confident enough to perform on a solo instrument and must commit to take peripatetic lessons. Students will study the Edexcel GCSE Music Specification over Year 10 and Year 11. 


  • 1 solo performance 
  • 1 ensemble performance  


  • 1 free composition in any genre 
  • 1 composition is response to a set brief  

Listening and Appraising: 

Written exam on eight pieces and listening extracts from four areas of study 

  • Classical Music from 1750-1820 
  • Vocal Music 
  • Music for Stage and Screen 
  • Fusion 

View our Key Stage 4 Music Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 5

The A Level Music curriculum is broken into three strands of performing (35%), composing (25%) and listening and appraising (40%). Students must be confident enough to perform on a solo instrument to grade 7 standard and must commit to take peripatetic lessons. Students will study the AQA A level Music Specification over Year 12 and 13,  


  • 1 performance recital lasting at least 10 minutes  
  • Composition:  
  • 1 free composition in any genre 
  • 1 composition in response to a set brief  

Listening and Appraising: 

Written exam and listening extracts from three areas of study  

  • Area of Study 1 Strand A – Baroque: the solo concerto 
  • Area of Study 1 Strand B  - Classical: the operas of Mozart  
  • Area of Study 1 Strand C – Romantic: the piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg  

Plus a choice of two of the following:   

  • Pop music 
  • Music for media 
  • Music for theatre 
  • Jazz 
  • Contemporary traditional music 
  • Art music since 1910. 

View our Key Stage 5 Music Curriculum Map

More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews