The Music Department in Ulidia is a busy and lively environment in which to work and study and music plays a prominent and highly valued part in the co-curricular life of the school.
Pupils are encouraged to take instrumental lessons and we currently have over 50 pupils learning instruments. We have a team of experienced and dedicated peripatetic tutors who gear lessons to the individual pupil. Some pupils wish to enter examinations in their instrument while others play for the love of it. All areas are encouraged.
As well as our school production, carol service, prize day and many more occasions in which the choir sing, they also enjoy caroling in Victoria Square and many of them took part in the Young Americans over the past few years. A group of year 10 pupils also had the privilege to attend a workshop run by Open Arts and delivered by pupils from Mitchell House School. Our most recent music trip was to see the musical ‘Wicked’ in Dublin, which was a spectacular experience for all.
Pupils are encouraged to practice at lunch time and we have a lot of promising rock/pop stars in the making. Their talents can be showcased at our annual talent show at Easter.
All in all, the music department is a creative and fun place to be.
Why Study Music?
Music is Science
It is precise, specific; and it demands accurate acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a complex chart that indicates frequency, intensity, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is Mathematical
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper, in a highly specific form with regard to exact placement and symmetry.
Music is foreign language
Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French; and the notation is a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.
Music is History
It reflects the environment and times of its creation, taking on the emotion of a nation, region or a people. It is the only Art form we can hear as people hundreds of years ago had. Unlike paint, whose image is always there once created, Music is perpetually “Repainted” each time it is performed. The feelings and thoughts of countless generations are forever cast in Sound.
Music is Physical Education
It requires fantastic coordination of the fingers, hands, arms, lips and facial muscles, and control of diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets. There are as many calories burned by a symphony trumpet player in one performance as there are by a quarter-back in a professional football game.
Music is Art
It allows a human being to take technical and sometimes difficult areas of learning and translate them into human emotion. It helps every person to recognize and understand beauty, and to understand love, compassion and how to live more fully within this world.
Music is the human experience
Music pieces are as complex and varied as life itself. Music inspires thought, reflection and emotion – much like human relationships do. Rhythm and tone simulate moods such as joy, sorrow or anger. Music relates to us the stories of human experience.