The Music Department at The Academy Selsey is situated in a purpose built block which consists of one main teaching room, an ensemble room, four music practice rooms and a recording studio. Students will learn to perform, compose and appraise music in a variety of genres ranging from the European Classical tradition through to contemporary popular music styles, as well as traditional and modern music from around the world.

All rooms are equipped with Apple macs which run the normal office suite as well as Garageband and Logic Pro 9 for composition and recording. The department has a large number of keyboards and a good selection of percussion instruments both tuned and unturned.

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Extra Curricular Music

In the Autumn term rehearsals for the school production will take place on Tuesdays after school, from 3pm – 4pm.

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.academy_13_MedRes

The practice rooms will be open 3pm – 4pm on Thursdays for all students to use. Mr Jackson will be available to support students with their schoolwork or their own projects at this time.

The Christmas concert takes place in the school hall towards the end of the Autumn term and includes musical items as well as drama.

There will be a  School production in the Spring term.

The Summer concert takes place early in the Summer term, where a variety of solo and small ensemble items are performed by students.

Instrumental lessons

At The Academy Selsey we have a range of opportunities for students to learn an instrument alongside their 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 the Pupil Premium are entitled to free 1/2 hour paired instrument lessons. When you sign up for lessons please inform the tutor that your child qualifies for Pupil Premium and they will arrange payment with the school.

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

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 – Richard Morris

Richard Morris has been teaching guitar full time for over ten years now. From beginners to advanced, he teaches a range of styles on acoustic or electric guitar including rock, blues, classical, jazz and metal. He has a Diploma in Jazz Studies and is grade 5 classical guitar. Lessons can include preparation for grades, guitar tuning, solos and riffs, improvisation, vocal accompaniment, chords, notation and TAB reading.

Individual ½ hour lesson - £14

Group ½ hour lesson - £8 per pupil

Contact Details

Mobile: 07876750700

Email:  richmorrisguitar66@gmail.com

Website: rmguitartuition.co.uk


Piano 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


Vocal Tuition – Charlotte Wilson

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


Woodwind Tuition – Amy Beresford

Woodwind lessons are still provided by West Sussex Music Service. All details for West Sussex Music lessons can be found atwww.westsussexmusic.co.uk.


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 in the Music Room corridor.

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.