HMS Virtual Learning Zone

The HMS Virtual Learning Zone will be opening for the summer term. Please go to to log a parent email address and you will be contacted as soon as the Zone is up and running.

By logging on to the Learning Zone, you will be able to:

  • have email conversations with your child’s music teacher
  • get advice and information on how to help them progress with their instrumental/vocal skills.
  • access an extensive resources section which includes video demos by HMS staff and lots of music, technical exercises, worksheets, ensemble activities etc.
  • the opportunity to upload audio or video recordings of your son/daughter playing, for a more detailed response from their teacher.

This new format for teaching will start in the summer term, although you can make contact with your teacher before the Easter holidays if you wish to. Teachers will respond at least once a week during term-time, and you will have open access to all the online resources. This provision is available for HMS students, so please do not share the password with students who will not be registered to communicate with an HMS teacher.

When the Zone is open to sign in please visit….

  • and click on ‘Sign in to HMS’ located in the pink bar. Then click on the blue padlock ‘Sign in to Student area’.
  • Follow the instructions on the ‘Student secure area’ page and click on the pink ‘Secure area’ button to continue.
  • Enter the username and password which you will find in your son/daughter’s practice diary, and click ‘ok’ (username: hmsstudent, password: learningzone).

Here you will find links to the various sections contained within the Learning Zone, along with instructions on how to contact your teacher and upload recordings of your children playing.

If you experience technical issues with the website, please email

After Easter some HMS teachers will be able to offer real-time online lessons, via Goggle Meet. More details about this will be available from 20 April.

We hope you enjoy the resources and opportunities to continue engaging with our teachers and we look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Jill Larner
Head of Hampshire Music Service 


Music Curriculum Summary
Year 7 Students receive one music lesson a week in mixed ability classes. We study and enjoy performing, composing and appraising by exploring rhythms from around the world, instruments of the orchestra, folk music of the British Isles. Students will have access to percussion instruments, will learn to play tunes and chords on the keyboard and ukulele, and have the opportunity to use music technology software, including Garageband.
Year 8 In Year 8, students get to try out their new skills in performing and composing an Egyptian fusion piece and South American dance styles such as tango and salsa. They will also explore the history behind both Reggae and Blues music through research, performance and listening tasks. We study what makes a ‘good’ pop song by performing and writing our own, as well as studying programme music that helps to tell a story.
Year 9 Students get 3 periods a fortnight and study theory of music in greater detail. Students will work towards and record a solo performance and an ensemble (group) performance. They will start to compose using Sibelius (music software) in a formal composition task, and practise identifying instruments and features of music through listening tasks.
Year 10 GCSE music follows the Edexcel syllabus which involves studying 8 set works, ranging from rock to Bach. They learn to identify instruments and typical characteristics of each set work. They study how to successfully write music for a dictation task, how to analyse ‘unseen’ music, and tackle comparing a familiar piece of music with one that is unfamiliar. Year 10 students will record one solo or ensemble recording a half term in order to practise for their examined performances. During year 10, composition 1, which is a free composition, will be completed.
Year 11 Within the first term students will start composition 2 after exploring the given brief in detail. Students will record their solo and ensemble performances, making up a minimum of 4 minutes of performance. They will finish studying the set works and practise exam-technique to apply knowledge of the set works studied.