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The Department’s primary goal is to empower your son, in terms of musical literacy, technical ability, and stylistic and historical awareness.

We aim to demonstrate the social relevance of music education, performing a balance of historical and current forms of music. There are three equal integrated areas of delivery: academic, co-curricular and instrumental.

Academic music is at the core of departmental delivery: effective teaching and learning in the classroom facilitates co-curricular and instrumental music. In academic lessons, pupils are introduced to instruments, performance and theory, building up a set of skills that will tie in with both co-curricular and instrumental music-making.

Co-curricular music is concerned with two key facets of music making. Firstly, allowing as many pupils as possible to enjoy musical performance; secondly to nurture quality music-making, and musical excellence for gifted and talented musicians. We do this through small ensembles and ensuring pupils can practise in protected slots.

Instrumental music lessons facilitate co-curricular music, giving pupils a set of skills that can be brought to co-curricular groups. It is also an opportunity for them to be assessed outside the classroom in graded exams and theory lessons.


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Pipe Band & Close Harmony Group at Tartan Week

Our Pipe Band and Close Harmony Group choir have set off for New York to take part in the 26th annual Tartan Day parade. 

The boys have had an extra special start to their journey, as they have flown on a plane piloted by the father of one of the band.

Hamilton. Photo by Danny Kaan.

Last Monday a group of sixty boys went to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre to watch Hamilton, the American theatrical phenomenon that is currently in Edinburgh as part of its first ever UK tour.

Sport & Activities

There were so many achievements happening this week in sports and activities, that we had to summarise them here. A big congratulations to all the boys below who were celebrated at our recent whole school assembly.

RSNO concert

A number of the senior pupils had the opportunity to see the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) perform some of John Williams’ best known works at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.