The Music Department caters for the entire School from Little Ardvreck to Form 6. There are three strands to its work, in the form of Timetabled Curricular Classes, Instrumental Tuition and Extra-Curricular Activities. The principal objective of all three is to help pupils achieve their fullest potential in the subject by developing skills, understanding and an appreciative response across as wide a range of music as possible.
Classes from the Little Ardvreck to Form 5 are timetabled for music twice a week. Form 6 has one music lesson per week. Classes are small and this allows for a gradual accumulation of musical experience which is further reinforced by frequent opportunities for practical activity. The perfect music lesson will result in enjoyment, informed understanding and a sense of natural progression.
We are very lucky to have a modern purpose-built music school with three teaching rooms and seven practice rooms, many of which are used by our dedicated band of instrumental teachers. Any pupil may take individual lessons on an orchestral instrument as well as bagpipes, pipe band drums , drumkit, guitar, piano or voice. The work of the Visiting Instructors is a vital and equal adjunct to what happens in the classroom. The Department also makes regular presentations for external exams (both Associated Board and Trinity/Guildhall.)
The Department’s extensive extra-curricular programme plays an important part in the musical development of the pupils adding further understanding and enjoyment as well as confidence through performance. As well as a large Orchestra there are several ensembles which meet weekly. All pupils having instrumental lessons are strongly encouraged to participate in these and a wide variety of music and styles can be heard as the Pipe Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Band and Ceilidh Band rehearse in the Music School. Singing is a very important part of Ardvreck life. The whole school sings at assembly and at the Carol service. There are also two large, enthusiastic and successful choirs of boys and girls.
Enjoyment and fun are the keywords to music at Ardvreck as pupils are introduced to what will, for many, become a life-long pleasure.