Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato
Music is a vital element in all our lives, and the Music Department at St Columba’s College aims to introduce students to a wide variety of styles and genres, and to instil in students a love of music that will last for a lifetime.
All students in Form 1, 2 and 3 have a weekly fifty-minute lesson, in which a range of musical skills is developed. The programme of study is based on the integration of the skills of listening, performance and composition, and covers a variety of topics from the classical, popular and world music traditions such as Indonesian Gamelan, the Blues, Jazz and Descriptive music. Classroom percussion, guitars, keyboards and singing are used for performance, and composition includes the use of software packages, such as Sibelius and Reason in the ICT Rooms.
The Department encourages students to continue in their study of Music at GCSE, where it follows the Edexcel specification. Here, composition and performance skills are developed in a wide variety of styles, with opportunities for the students to perform solo and ensemble pieces as well as their own compositions. The Listening and Appraising element of the syllabus is diverse, and covers music from 1700 to the present day, and includes rock and pop styles, jazz and world music, as well as more traditional genres.
In the Sixth Form, students follow the Edexcel A level specification. This develops their composition and performance skills at both AS and A2, and involves studying a wide variety of music. This prepares students for further study, either at university or music college.
Many students extend their musical education in individual music lessons, which are offered in all instruments by an excellent team of instrumental teachers. Lessons are for 30 minutes, and are rotated through the school day. Students can be entered for examinations in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity Rock and Pop or Rock School. Students who are studying Music at GCSE or A level have their lessons on one instrument paid for by the College. Music Scholarships are offered to talented performers, as they enter the school in Form 1, Form 3 and the Sixth Form.
The Department aims to include as many students as possible in its programme of musical activities. beyond the classroom. This includes the Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Jazz Band, Bell Choirs and Guitar Group. Further details can be found here
The Musical Ensemble timetable for the Michaelmas 2017-2018 term can be found here