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"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue" - Plato

Music is a cornerstone of Walthamstow Academy. The music department is a vibrant and flourishing place where pupils inspire each other and work together in harmony. Live music features at every Academy event.

  • Paul Axford - Head of Music
  • Rose Trustman - Teacher of Music 
  • James Pettinger - Piano and keyboard teacher
  • Andrew Button - Guitar teacher 
  • Marek Dorcik - Drum teacher 
  • Tina Bowels - Strings Teacher (violin, viola)

Key Stage 3 Music

Key Stage 3 music lessons cover a range of genres and musical styles. Students will have the chance to try many different music instruments including keyboard, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, singing, African drums, tuned percussion, and drum kit.

The focus of this course is to provide realistic experiences of music making. We adopt the musical futures approach which features a lot of group music making. There is also a big focus on music technology and students will learn how to produce their own music using industry standard software.

Topics covered include:

Year 7

  • Vocal Techniques applied to pop music
  • Producing music using loops (Garageband)
  • African Music
  • Chinese (pentatonic) music
  • Music’s beginnings (Medieval)
  • Pop Music
  • Musical Futures Band project

Year 8

  • Reggae
  • Bhangra
  • Producing music using Garageband
  • Film Music
  • Pop Music 2
  • Musical Futures Band project
  • Introduction to Logic Pro  

Year 9

  • Hip Hop
  • Classical Music
  • Arranging/remixing/Mashup using Logic Pro
  • Pop Music 3
  • Musical Futures Band project
  • Composing using Logic Pro

Key Stage 4 Music

Areas of study:

  1. My Music – where learners focus on their choice of instrument and composition 
  2. The Concerto Through Time – development of this genre from 1650 – 1910
  3. Rhythms of the World – exploration of exciting genres including samba and calypso
  4. Film Music – anything written for a film soundtrack, including video games
  5. Conventions of Pop – Rock n Roll, Rock Anthems, Pop Ballads and Solo Artists 

Music Facilities

We are very proud of our purpose built state of the art music facilities, the entire music department is fully air conditioned.

Music Room 1: Multi-Purpose Music Learning Zone

  • 31x Apple Mac Mini's with M1 Chip equipped with Logic X (industry standard platform) and Garageband 11
  • Yamaha C3 Piano
  • Live performance stage with backline including Drum Kit, keyboard/synth guitar & bass amplifiers and PA for vocals
  • Close access to group music making practice rooms

Studio Control Room

  • Apple Mac Mini with M1 Chip, Logic X (industry standard platform), Garageband 11 and NI Konkakt
  • Roland Fantom X8 Keyboard workstation
  • Roland Juno Vintage Synthesiser
  • Alesis DM-5 electronic drum kit
  • Soundproof patching to record from Music 1 and Live Room

Live Room

  • A full backline of equipment for live performance workshops including: Yamaha Stage Custom Drum Kit with Zildjian Avedis cymbals, percussion, Roland digital piano, Oberhiem Synthesizer, guitar & bass amplifiers and 150 watt PA

Practice Rooms

Our  five practice rooms are used for instrumental lessons as well as group performance workshops, which pupils receive throughout KS3 and KS4.

Each room has a uniform layout:

  • Roland Digital Piano
  • Yamaha PSR E403 Keyboard
  • Yamaha Acoustic Guitar
  • Ukuleles
  • Guitar and bass amplifiers
  • Percussion including Djembes and shakers

Instrumental Programme

At Walthamstow Academy we believe that every child should have access to affordable music lessons on their choice of instrument.

Our programme runs on 10 weekly, twenty minute lessons per term. The option to share lessons with a student of similar ability further reduces the cost. All of our instrumental teachers are fully DBS checked and quality assured.

Lessons operate during the Academy day on a carousel system which avoids students continually missing the same subject lessons. Please see the staffing list above for the range of instruments on offer. A subsidy is available for students entitled to 'pupil premium' funding.



Music Clubs

Twice a week the music department opens its doors to all during lunchtime for informal cross year/form group music making opportunities. Regular afterschool sessions are also run for students studying Music at Key Stage 4.


  • Samba Band - led by Paul Axford
  • Music Junction - led by The London Chamber Orchestra


Samba Band in action

Public Performance Opportunities

The music department calendar is crammed full of events both internally and externally. Our popular termly community concert in the Agora gives many pupils the opportunity to perform in front of their friends and teachers in an informal setting.

Formal performance opportunities include the Christmas Concert and Music Junction showcase in Cadogan Hall. The annual Academy production is enriched with high quality music from our top student musicians.

Music Industry Partnerships

We are in partnership with the London Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chant Productions, Tornado Productions, the Waltham Forest Music Service and United Learning. Through projects run with our partners we provide a wide variety of internal and external musical enrichment opportunities that reach out to many students.


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