Music is an art which brings pleasure to everybody. Strathearn's Music Department is led by two classroom teachers and ten vocal and instrumental tutors.
- The department has two classrooms, a state-of-the-art recording studio, a suite of 24 Apple computers running Logic Pro X and Garage Band, nine practice rooms, a resource base and an instrument store.
Music is a very popular option at Strathearn, with many pupils opting to study the subject for GCSE and A-level.
Ms Kimber (Head of Department)
Miss R Armstrong
Miss G Campbell
Mrs I Clarke
Mrs T Erskine
Mrs C Fullerton
Mrs H Gamble
Mrs C Leathem
Mr D Lindsay
Miss J McCartney
Mrs S Shepherd
Mr P Tinney
Our department aims to develop skills and provide experiences which will enable all students to make music to the very best of their ability and with as much enjoyment as possible.
Overview of work
All pupils study music from first to third form here at Strathearn. At Key Stage 3, we focus on practical and creative musical skills, as well as covering theoretical and historical content. Activities include playing keyboards, ukuleles, guitars and other instruments, composing original music, singing, using music technology, including software such as GarageBand and Logic Pro X, and recording in our dedicated studio.
Students at GCSE follow the CCEA specification, which includes individual and ensemble performance, independent composition tasks and the study of a wide range of set works, assessed in a listening exam.
At A-level, we follow the CCEA specification, which includes individual performance, independent composition tasks, the study of a wide range of set works, assessed in listening and written exams, and advanced skills in musical analysis.
Students can join choirs, orchestras and other ensembles. Details of these groups can be seen on this site under Studying at Strathearn/School Activities.
There are three or more concerts each year, where soloists and ensembles perform in public.
A large number of students make use of the opportunity to have vocal or instrumental lessons in school. The Guidelines for Music Tuition 2021-22 can be seen here.
The online application form for students returning to music tuition for the year 2021-22 can be accessed here.
The online application for students who wish to start music tuition at Strathearn for this first time can be accessed here.
Students who take music go on to pursue careers in performance, perhaps as an instrumental performer or singer songwriter, teaching, sound engineering, or the law or the health professions.