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Overview of the Music Department

The music department at Crayford is equipped with a fully dedicated Mac suite for music technology, a recording studio, 4 practice rooms, a keyboard-suite classroom and a large instrument store cupboard with a variety of instruments ranging from samba drums and saxophones to electric guitars and violins.

The extra-curricular life of the department is vibrant and exciting with ensembles such as gospel and string ensemble and many pop bands.

Our annual concerts include the annual trust-wide Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral, Black History Month show, Christmas concert, Easter showcase, annual Performing Arts Show and visits to see live concerts and West End musicals. 


One to one music lessons

We also offer the opportunity for one to one music lessons.  These are delivered in partnership with DeRosa Music Academy. 

We are thrilled to announce that DeRosa Music Academy is now responsible for providing music lessons right here at your child's school, Haberdashers Crayford Academy. For parents of students who are currently enrolled in music lessons, rest assured that we have a seamless transition plan in place to ensure a smooth continuation of their musical journey.

Continuing Music Education:
For those students who are already receiving music lessons at Haberdashers Crayford Academy, DeRosa Music Academy will seamlessly take over those lessons, building a commitment to excellence. Our experienced and passionate instructors are committed to nurturing the musical talents of your children.

Welcome New Students:
We're also excited to extend a warm welcome to new students who haven't yet embarked on their musical journey. At DeRosa Music Academy, we believe that music is for everyone, and we're delighted to offer our high-quality music education to all students, both current and new.

Utilise Our Website:
To get started or to continue your child's musical education, we encourage parents to visit our website where you can easily indicate the instrument your child is currently learning or select the instrument they wish to explore. This information will help us ensure that your child's lessons align with their musical interests and goals. Simply visit https://www.roarmusicacademy.com/pages/haberdashers-crayford-academy and follow the instructions to update your child's instrument preference.

Lesson Availability:
At DeRosa Music Academy, we offer a wide range of musical instruments to choose from, including piano, drums, singing, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, clarinet, and ukulele. Our experienced tutors are not only skilled in music education but also have extensive live performance experience, ensuring that students receive a well-rounded music education.

Integrated into the School Day:
Our music lessons will continue to take place during regular school hours, right in the school's music department. This integration makes it convenient for students to attend without worrying about conflicting schedules. We believe that music education should be an integral part of the school day, providing students with a holistic education that includes the arts.

Fun and Educational Lessons:
Our lessons are designed to be both fun and educationally rewarding. We follow a structured syllabus that allows students to take music grades, enabling them to progress at their own pace while working towards recognised qualifications. Moreover, students will have opportunities to perform at school events and our recitals, where they can showcase their skills and talents to a wider audience.

Simple Fees & Scheduling:
We believe that music education should be accessible to everyone. Therefore, we offer a straightforward monthly fee structure via direct debit, with no hidden fees or extra charges. This makes it easy for parents to budget and plan for their child's musical education.

Music lessons are priced at £73 per month for half-hour private lessons, or £56.88 for private 20-minute lessons or 30-minute shared lessons. Your child will have a music lesson in school every week that the school is open, which amounts to 39 weeks per year.

We understand that scheduling can sometimes be a challenge, so we've implemented an efficient diary system with automatic reminders for every lesson. This system helps students and parents stay organised, ensuring that they never miss a lesson.

Simply visit https://www.roarmusicacademy.com/pages/haberdashers-crayford-academy 


We look forward to inspiring and nurturing your child's musical talents and welcoming both existing and new students to our family.

Mark Rogers
Managing Director
DeRosa (hear me Roar) Music Academy
01322 836606


Meet the Music teachers

Name Role About them 
Mrs C Haciosman Teacher of Music

Mrs Haciosman, who joined the department in the spring of 2019, is a classically-trained pianist. After achieving a BMus (Hons) and MMus,  She spent a few years as a freelance peripatetic piano tutor before training to be a music teacher. After successfully leading and revitalising the department until having her first child, she has returned as a Teacher on a part-time basis to continue her great work. 

Mr D Mansell Teacher of Music & Drama

Mr Mansell began working at Crayford Academy 2024.

Mr G Thomas Brass Teacher  Mr Thomas joined the department in 2017. He is a classically-trained tuba player and is equally versatile in all brass instruments. Alongside teaching in many school within the Bexley borough, he is still a practising orchestral player. 

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 BTEC Music curriculum is broken into three components which focus on the assessment of applied musical knowledge, musical skills and musical practices.

The components are both internally and externally assessed. Students are required to complete all three components to achieve the qualification.

  • 1 Exploring Music Products and Styles (internal)
  • 2 Music Skills Development (internal)
  • Responding to a Music Brief (external)

Students are not required to achieve a minimum standard of performance to enrol on this course, but will be required to perform for assessment.

Instrumental and vocal lessons are available.

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