Ms MacIntyre works with all C3-7, and Ms Seddon works with Sgoil Àraich – C2. Ms Seddon is an advocate of the Kodaly approach to music teaching. Through this approach, children focus on the expressive and creative skills of musicianship rather than the theory of music. In this area of the Kodaly approach, children begin to develop their musical ear and awareness of rhythm, pulse and pitch.
There are a number of opportunities for children from C3-7 to strengthen their musical knowledge by taking part in a wide range of musical activities including learning about the history of different genres of Gaelic song, Scots song, music-making, listening and responding to music and learning musical notation. All pupils
are given opportunities and are encouraged to participate in performances throughout the school year. Instruction is also available in ukulele.
In C5 and C6, children have the opportunity to receive guitar lessons from Ms Arnott. These extra lessons are taught in small groups. This is in addition to the music lessons received within the school’s curriculum. We believe that music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities.
We have a school Gaelic choir, which we encourage senior pupils to join. The choir meets on a weekly basis and, although its primary aim is to enable children to enjoy singing together in Gaelic, it performs in public on a number of occasions throughout the year including The Royal National Mòd.
GLEE choir returns again this year. This choir promotes wellbeing, confidence, teamwork and friendships as well as developing learning skills. Children will have the opportunity to perform alongside other schools in the regional Frisson Foundation competition in the fourth term.
Sounds Like Music (SLM) provide music tuition and resources to C4 and C5 pupils. This year C3 children are participating in Highland Youth Initiative music sessions.
From C4, there are opportunities for selected pupils to learn clàrsach, the Scottish small harp. Pupils receive lessons on a weekly basis. They have the opportunity to perform at school concerts and council-run concerts, as well as participating at the Local and National Mods.