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Class music

Class music is taught from Pre-school age onwards throughout the school. The aim of Pre-school music is to teach songs and music games related to the topics studied each term.

It is the aim of the Music Department to encourage the children to listen to music critically, to study the performance of music according to their ability and inclination and to enable them to create their own music. This should encourage pupils to be able to enjoy music, in all its variety, more deeply. The underlying principle of the work of the department is the assumption that pupils gain in maturity, greater self-discipline and enhanced social skills by participating in organised music activities, thus enriching their all-round learning.

Forms 1 - 5 receive one class music period each week. The basis for most lessons is a song on which all subsequent class activities are based around, whether they are listening and appraising, performing or composing. In addition, Forms 2 - 4 have class lessons in ocarina playing once a week.

Forms 6 – 8 receive one 30 minute class music period per week. The emphasis is on electronic keyboard playing in groups using teaching material published by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. The pupils will be assessed according the Music Medals Scheme run by the Associated Board, providing step by step progression in keyboard skills for all pupils.

Choirs

There are two choirs at Craigclowan. The Junior Choir is open to all children in Forms 2 - 3.  The Concert Choirt is open to children in Forms 4 - 8 after an informal audition with the Director of Music. All work with the choirs aims to instil good singing with clear diction and good posture, team spirit and a sense of enjoyment. A high level of commitment is expected from the Concert Choir in terms of self-discipline, team spirit and artistic endeavour.

Several concerts are given during the academic year, the biggest being the Christmas Carol Service and the Summer Concert. Throughout each term, several lunchtime music concerts are held in the Rix Room. These are of an informal nature and open to parents, family and friends to attend. Anyone who studies music outside of school should alert the Director of Music so that they can be included in the lunchtime concerts if they so wish.

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