The Performing Arts Faculty within St Andrew’s Secondary is a vibrant, energetic, exciting, fun and inclusive place to learn and develop your creative skills.

Music education allows learners of all ability to have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment as well as enhancing intellectual development and enriching their academic environment.   The music curriculum is accessible to all learners and offers a great deal of personalisation and choice within the classroom.

What clubs and extracurricular activities can I take part in?

Whither you are into music or drama (or both) there is something for everyone to enjoy and take part in. There is a variety of extra-curricular activities on offer to all young people. There are multiple bands and ensembles (Junior Concert Band, Senior Concert Band, Jazz Club, String Ensemble and Quartet, Guitar Ensemble, Choir and Percussion Ensemble). Every year the faculty performs numerous concerts including the annual Christmas Concert and Pantomime for winter, Spring Concert and School Show for the summer..

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Performing and creating music will be the prominent activities for all learners in S1-S3 following the BGE music curriculum. Through these activities, young people will develop their vocal and instrumental skills, explore sounds and musical concepts, and use their imagination and skills to create musical ideas and compositions. They can further develop their understanding and capacity to enjoy music by listening to musical performances and commenting on them. They use ICT to realise or enhance their composition and performance and to promote their understanding of how music works.

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The Senior Phase Music courses provide candidates with a broad practical experience of performing, creating and understanding music. The courses enable candidates to work independently or in collaboration with others and can help them to plan and organise, to make decisions and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Currently in music we offer:

  • NAT 5, Higher & Advanced Higher Music Performing
  • NAT 5 & Higher Music Technology
  • NPA in Musical Theatre
  • NPA in Performing (no external exams)

Success for senior phase Music requires a great amount of commitment from our young people. Extra rehearsals after school and lunchtime will be arranged by students showing initiative and ownership over their learner journey. For performing students joining one of our many bands or choirs is encouraged to further develop performing skills. 

Whatever style of music you are into there is a course and pathway for you to explore your own personal choices. 

For further information please speak to a member of the music department. 


The following documents may be helpful.