Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 receive 3 music lessons in a 6 week rotation then as further 3 a week in a 3 week rotation later in the year.  A variety of individual and group-based practical units are undertaken each year through a range of performing, composing, listening and appraising activities. Through class-based projects, students are also given the opportunity to perform at termly concerts and other school events.

Music lessons at South Shore Academy are designed to promote maximum opportunities for engaging in practical music-making. Music is taught and responded to as a language in itself, similar to how a spoken language will be learned from birth. This approach aims to embrace, challenge and inspire all students, regardless of previous experience, making music an accessible and culturally relevant art form and avenue of expression.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to further their own interests developed in class by visiting the department at lunchtime or after school where they can practise and extend ideas developed during lesson time. Instrumentalists are also encouraged to play their own instruments in lessons and work on their strengths.


Key Stage 4

The department follows the Edexcel GCSE Music specification. This is delivered through a range of performing, composing, listening and appraising activities.

GCSE Music aims to develop the following skills:

  • An interest and understanding of a range of musical experiences
  • The ability to perform music and communicate to an audience
  • The ability to perform music as a soloist and as part of an ensemble
  • The ability to compose original pieces of music
  • Use of Music Technology (‘Sibelius’)
  • Communication and social skills
  • How music is created and notated
  • Awareness of social, historical and cultural influences on music

Students who opt for GCSE Music should already play an instrument or sing, or should be willing to take up an instrument as soon as they begin the course. As a GCSE student they can receive lessons for free from the instrumental teachers who visit the school.

In addition to developing students’ subject knowledge, this course also provides students with the opportunity to gain self-confidence and develop team-working skills. It also provides a solid foundation for progression to music-related courses, including ‘A’ level Music and Music Technology, and a career in the music industry and professions.

Extra-curricular Provision

The Music Department provides opportunities for  students to participate outside of lessons through the running of:

• GCSE singing group.

• Samba Band

• Keyboard Club

• GCSE Club