Students will learn to perform, sequence, compose and appraise music in a variety of genres ranging from the European Classical tradition through to contemporary popular music styles such as club dance, as well as traditional and modern music from around the world. They will use the eight elements of music: articulation, dynamics, form, pitch, rhythm, tempo, texture and timbre as a tool for understanding and creating music. This will include the learning of western musical notation as a method of reading and writing music.

The class room is equipped with Apple macs which run the normal office suite as well as Garageband and Logic Pro X for sequencing, composition and recording. The department has a large number of keyboards and a selection of percussion instruments both tuned and unturned.


Extra Curricular Music


The Vocal Group meets after school on Tuesdays from 3pm - 4pm, except in the weeks of rehearsals for the school production.


Rehearsals for the school production take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm - 5pm. 


Wednesdays after school will be reserved for students studying BTEC, when they can receive support revising for the exam or catching up on controlled assessment work.


Students are offered the chance to perform in a variety of shows across the year. Mr Jackson will take the vocal group out into the community over the Christmas period to spread a little festive cheer. All students have the opportunity to take part in the Christmas Talent show with the best acts showcasing their talent in the Christmas Concert open to the public. Our school production will take place each year in the Spring term. Our Summer Concert is the time for our Year 10 Music BTEC students to shine, accompanied by Performing Arts group and individual volunteers.



Instrumental lessons

At The Academy Selsey we have a range of opportunities for students to learn an instrument alongside their curriculum music lessons. The details of instrument lessons we currently provide are to be found below. If you are interested in instrument lessons please contact the relevant tutor directly using the details provided, making sure you are prepared to follow the Parent/Carer and Tutor Agreement published at the bottom of the page. (This does not apply for West Sussex Music Tutors).

Students who qualify for free school meals are entitled to free 1/2 hour paired instrument lessons. When you sign up for lessons please inform Mr Jackson that your child qualifies for free school meals and he will arrange payment with the school.

West Sussex Music has a similar scheme. For more details of their scheme visit the West Sussex Music website.

Our instrument tutors

Drum Tuition – Chris Hough

I have been playing drums for nearly twenty years and have been teaching drums four years. My lessons will cover styles, reading skills, technique and timing, and important Kit maintenance.

When I'm not teaching I work as both a professional drummer and a theatre sound engineer in various locations throughout the country.

I have worked on many professional theatre productions as a drummer throughout the last five years and play with the local function band "Lady and the Vamp".

Individual ½ hour lesson - £13

Group ½ hour lesson - £8 per pupil

Contact Details

Mobile: 07807128404

Email:  chrishough52@gmail.com


Guitar Tuition – Jack Hertzberg

I am an experienced teacher and performer, who is well versed in Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz & Classical. I have won a number of awards for my guitar playing and I have collected a Grade 8, a degree in Music and a Post Graduate Certificate in Music Performance.

In my lessons, we will work on reading music, learning songs that the pupils want to learn, and improvising, but my lessons will be tailored towards the pupils needs/interests.


Individual ½ hour lesson - £13

Group ½ hour lesson - £8 per pupil

Contact Details

Mobile: 07854963929

Email:  jackhertz92@gmail.comGuitar Tuition – Richard Morris


Piano and Woodwind Tuition – Phil Holland

I am a classically trained pianist who has been studying for 18 years and teaching for 4 years; since I completed my music degree. I am happy to teach any style from jazz to classical to pop and all abilities. I am also a professional saxophonist and have experience teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute. I am happy to work towards grades, or not, as the student desires. 

Individual ½ hour lesson - £13

Group ½ hour lesson - £8 per pupil

Contact Details

Mobile: 07500 346955

Email: phil.holland.music@gmail.com


Violin and Viola Tuition – Ray Box

Ray graduated with his Masters from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015. He has been playing violin for 20 years and teaching for 8.
During this time he has performed in many Orchestras and ensembles covering a wide range of musical genres. Ray now lives in West Sussex teaching violin and viola, and performs across the south and London. He aims to keeps lessons interesting and fun, covering a wide repertoire as well as supporting exam preparation.


Please contact Ray directly for pricing information.

Contact Details

Mobile: 07713873374

Email: ray.box89@hotmail.com


Vocal Tuition – Charlotte Wilson

Singing lessons are still provided by West Sussex Music Service. All details for West Sussex Music lessons can be found at www.westsussexmusic.co.uk.


the parent/carer and tutor agreement

The voice and instrument tutors advertised on The Academy Selsey website have a current DBS check and are recommended as experienced tutors of their advertised instrument/s.

Up to date timetables for lessons will be displayed outside the Music Room.

Beyond timetabling of the lessons, the organisation and administration of voice or instrument lessons will be the responsibility of the instrument tutor, not The Academy Selsey. Tutors will notify Mr Jackson by email of any new students, before lessons commence.

Parents/carers will organise payment for lessons with tutors directly. Payment should be for a term (six weeks) up front, or in instalments at the tutor’s discretion, but tutors are recommended not to begin lessons until payment is received, or carry on lessons beyond the amount received.  In return the tutor agrees to ensure that pupils receive the time they have paid for, and will reorganise any lessons cancelled by the tutor.

Parents/carers should notify tutors of illness or planned absences as soon as possible, refunds and rearrangement of lessons in this case will be at the tutor’s discretion.  The Academy Selsey does not assume responsibility for settling payment disputes, though any concerns about lessons can be brought to Mr Jackson in writing for review.

Organising voice or instrument lessons to take place at The Academy Selsey with an advertised tutor is considered to be a confirmation that the above agreement is understood by both parties and that the terms of the agreement will be adhered to. 

Music Curriculum Plan for All Years