Peripatetic Teaching and Instrumental Provision

‘It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you
have to do is touch the right key at the right
time and the instrument will play itself.’
J.S. Bach

Learning to play an instrument provides a child with many new skills and opportunities beyond the technicalities of the instrument itself. The satisfaction of learning your first notes, playing your first short piece of music, learning to play a well known piece of music, participating in group music making and playing in your first concert cannot be replicated. Add to this the opportunities to work with pupils in different years, learn from peers and to meet and perform with children in different schools and you will find a truly rewarding experience.

St Mary’s Music Department is fortunate to be able to offer instrumental tuition on a range of instruments including Chanter and Bagpipes, Clarinet, Clarsach, Flute, Piano, Percussion, Recorder, Saxophone, Violin and Voice.

Pupils are timetabled to receive a half hour lesson once a week operating on a rota system. They are encouraged, when ready, to prepare for examinations offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Rock School (Guitar and Drumkit).

The annual Summer Concert offers opportunities for pupils to perform as a soloist or in an ensemble. Orchestral players are encouraged to play in the school Orchestra which meets on a Monday after school while Percussionists have an additional opportunity to participate in group music making by joining the Samba Band.

Throughout the year the Music Department are invited to provide instrumentalists for a number of events including the Burns Supper, Summer Fayre, Prizegiving, visits to local residential homes and community groups. In addition to this several of our pupils participate in nation-wide activities such as the Orchestral Play-Away days organised by Sscot.


Kirsty McRae, 18/01/2011

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