Music has a special place in the heart of Raine’s Foundation School. The benefits of studying music are scientifically proven to help with language, memorizing, confidence, coordination and staying engaged at school. Raine’s considers it of great importance to nurture each student no matter what his or her previous experience of music.


Miss F. O’Leary




The skills developed throughout Year 7-9 give a good musical understanding for students to progress to GCSE. The schemes of work are varied between practical and using Garageband/Logic Pro X software on Mac computers to encourage music technology and live music.

Year 7 (rotation 3 lessons a week)

Year 8 (on rotation – two hour lessons a week)

Year 9 (one hour lesson a week)


KS4 - Btec Music First Award
This incorporates music and music technology to allow a range of musical skills. The students study composition, performance, technology (using Logic Pro X) and learn about the music industry.

This course is varied and allows students to broaden their musical education with the opportunities to consider life in the music industry. This course is mainly coursework but 1 aspect is an exam.


NCFE Music Technology, Level 3
Why Study Music?
Studying music gives you a mix of technical, social and business skills. Music is an opportunity to express yourself. You will gain skills of problem solving, research, creativity, planning, analytical and critical thinking.
Studying music is a discipline and students need to be self-motivated in order to practice a musical instrument, record a musical instrument or create a composition using technology.
Through music you will gain more confidence, composure under pressure, time management, communication, team and individual working ability.
What will I study?
NCFE, Applied General Certificate in Music Technology Level 3 is the equivalent of one A level and is the perfect route into the music industry as a producer, songwriter or musician. The course consists of a number of 6 units graded Pass, Merit and Distinction ranging from recording studio experience to composition to sound creation. All units are marked internally and externally by an examiner.
You will need to be self-motivated, self-reliant and a good independent learner as the course is designed to set you up for a real career in the music industry.
How will I study?
Throughout the course you will complete 6 units of work which are all coursework based.
1) Using a Digital Audio Workstation
2) Creating music
3) Multitrack audio recording, mixing and mastering
4) Sound Creation
5) Live Sound performance technology
6) Digital Music Business
There are musical and written aspects to each unit.
Grading is Pass (E), Merit (C) and Distinction (A).

What do I need to start the course?
Ideally GCSE music or a Vocational qualification. If this is not the case then it is essential you can use music software to a confident standard before beginning the course. You will need to be committed to the course and have a passion for music that can be shown whether it be through making your own music or being able to play a musical instrument to a high standard. Knowledge of how to use Logic Pro X or FL Studio or Cubase would be an advantage.

Where could it lead?
Many students progress to music colleges such as BIMM, SAE (Shoreditch), Academy of Contemporary Music (Clapham, Guildford and Birmingham), LCCM (London Bridge), University of West London, Institute of Contemporary Music and Production (Kilburn). Alternatively internships within the music industry are available but highly sought after.

Student View
“With the newly refurbished equipment of the music department. Music has become the most fascinating subject to me and everyone in my class in the entire school.
In class you can use your own creativity which other subjects do not allow you to do as much at this level of education. There are many opportunities for performances both in and out of school.
There are opportunities to visit inspirational music associations, record labels and universities to see where my music career can progress.”

Extra curricular


The music department is open for students to use the musical instruments and computers during lunch and after school (Open House). As well as this there are organised activities which students are invited to attend free of charge.

Upcoming projects/ performances:

Christmas concert 12th December 2018 - Featuring St. John's Primary school, St Peter's London Docks and Raine's Foundation School

Spitalfields Big sing 2019 - Raine's students joining with other schools from the borough.

Summer show July 2019

Kojey Radical (ex Raine's Foundation student) - Kojey came to visit the school and gave a talk to KS4 and KS5 students. He performed several times throughout the day to a variety of students and listened to students compositions. Kojey spoke to year 9 about aspirations with relation to their imminent option choices.

St. Paul's Cathedral lunchtime concert series, October 2018 - Raine's Singers performed in the OBE chapel following rehearsals over a few weeks with Tom Duggatt. The performance was attended by members of the public and parents.

Raine's Summer Concert July 2018 - This featured solo and ensemble performances from year 9's, year 7's, Raine's Singers, Drumworks and many compositions contributed by students.

Spitalfield's Big Sing 2018 - Raine's Students performed with 5 other schools from the borough at a performance in May.

Urban Development Project 2018 - Raine's Students from years 7-10 worked with the organisation to create their own urban compositions. Please listen to these at: https://soundcloud.com/urbanartistschool

Walthamstow Garden Party 2018 - A group of students from Raine's Drumworks performed a set to members of the public during the Garden Party. This culminated in a group performance with the Drumworks organisation.

Christmas Concert December 2017.

Featuring Raine’s Singers, Year 7 Band, Solos and group performances from year 7- 6th form. Finale included St. Elizabeth Primary School, Year 5 students and St. John Primary School Choir. (Total raised for music equipment £418)

Raine’s Singers raising money for Providence Row-

December 2017 Raine’s Singers performed in East London for City workers during their lunch break to help raise money for homeless people over the Winter Season. The singers raised £182 in one hour. Super work!!

Raine’s Singers performing in the community –


December 2017 Raine’s Singers attended a service for the community at the Tabernacle Centre, Shoreditch. The group performed 2 songs to the audience and listened to liturgical readings relating to Christmas.

Drum Works in association with Raine’s Foundation School.

‘Drum Works uses drumming as a tool to inspire creativity, build social cohesion and empower young people to direct their own futures.’

Drum Works coaches will be leading rehearsals for year 7-10 starting 1st March 2018. This is an opportunity for students to have extra music lessons on drums and work as a team to eventually perform both in and outside of school.

To find out more: http://drumworks.co.uk

Special thanks,

The City Bridge Trust, City of London Corporation.

Thank you for providing the opportunity for Raine’s Foundation students to work with Drum Works through your Education Grant.