The Music Department offers an oasis of creativity for pupils of all ages. Our overall philosophy is to create, perform and appreciate music in class time and through extra-curricular activity. We aim to empower our students with the skills and knowledge that music provides for a lifelong learning experience that begins in nursery. We encourage pupils to be active in the decision making process for course work and groups, and encourage enterprise activity. “Music is a powerful and universal form of communication which makes a significant contribution to the curriculum through providing distinctive opportunities to develop pupils’ imagination, expression and aesthetic judgement.”
We seek to promote this vision by exposing our pupils to a variety of music making activities and do so through vibrant classroom experiences and in providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
A host of extra-curricular activities e.g. Choirs, Orchestra, Guitar Club, Samba Band, Jazz Band and String Group, provide a wealth of experiences that bring a supplementary dimension to an already fun packed curriculum – that of making music with other like-minded musicians.
The above groups combined with smaller groups and soloists, work towards a variety of events ranging from small recitals, community events, seasonal concerts and large scale musicals.
Pupils from Junior and Senior school are given opportunities to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious venues such as Wembley Arena, The London O2, The Edinburgh Playhouse, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and some other venues abroad.
We have a selection of visiting Tutors offering a wide musical range who support the Music Curriculum in the school. ABRSM and Trinity grade examinations are offered if desired by individual musicians.
The Music Curriculum follows National Guidelines and enables all pupils to successfully participate in music classes from Nursery to S6.
Pupils in S4, S5 and S6 are presented for National 4,5, Higher and Advanced Higher SQA Music Examinations with consistent excellent results.