North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

Music & Performing Arts

Music expresses what cannot be said when it is impossible to be silent.


The Music Department at North Shore Academy believes that music forms a part of our everyday lives in so many ways. It can affect the way we feel, think and act and have a unique power to shape an individuals identity. Positive interaction with music can develop a students social skills, boost self-esteem and develop their competence as learners. Music also forms an integral part of culture, past and present. It helps students to relate to others and forge links between home, school and the wider world.

I really like music because it has made me more confident. I like coming up at lunch to practice as well.

Students are provided with an exciting and stimulating environment to advance as musicians, through the integration of performing, composing and listening. North Shore Academy students are also encouraged to use the facilities at lunch and after school to further their learning. The department contains several practice rooms and dedicated work spaces in which pupils can develop their practical skills. There is also a recording studio and state of the art ICT equipment.

Music has really brought me out of my shell.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students are offered a wide variety of activities and topics which focus developing the core elements of music; performing, listening, appraising and composing. Topics covered include Popular Music, Ukulele Skills, World Music and Music Technology. Over the 3 years students are encouraged to take an active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individually and in groups.

Music has given me courage. Before I was embarrassed to sing, dance or even play a tune.

GCSE Performing Arts (WJEC)

This GCSE seeks to emphasise the unique qualities of Performing Arts through Music, Music Technology and Dance. Students will be given the opportunity to le arn a chosen instrument as well as use the fantastic new facilities within the Music Department. Students may choose to focus on traditional Music or Music Technology where they can create music with computers. There is also a production and design element where pupils can design the set and costumes for performances. GCSE Performing Arts aims to provide a balance of practical performing, creative group work and work related research. Through the course, students will learn to identify and develop their practical skills, gain an understanding of Performing Arts careers, and research performers in order to enable them to create their own unique performances.The creativity and collaborative skills involved in this course with prove vital to our students own personal development, and will better equip them for their choice of career.

Unit 1, Task 1: Developing Performing Arts Skills

Unit 1, Task 2: Knowledge of the Performing Arts Industry

Unit 1, Task 3: Preparation for Performance.

Unit 2: Themed Showcase Performance.