Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato
Music is a vital part of all our lives, and the Music Department at St Columba’s College aims to introduce its students to a wide variety of styles and genres, and to instil in students a love of music that will last for a lifetime.
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. At AS level, students cover jazz and classical music, and at A2 they study music for the stage. 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 on all instruments by an excellent team of instrumental teachers. Lessons are for thirty 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 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 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.