Music gives students a way to express themselves and be who they are on the inside. Music is a non-verbal form of communication that can convey ideas, images and feelings through selected sounds and symbols. Music involves people in both making music and listening to music. Most importantly, music is an art that combines many concepts and techniques and uses them to inspire, to imagine, to invent and to express feeling
Music education is a priority in Spa N.S. As part of the annual music education programme, all classes are supported by our visiting music teacher. Ms. Ann O Mahony. Ann team teaches with the class teacher in a thirty minute lesson every Tuesday while the class teacher completes the remaining allocated thirty minutes later in the week. All of the strands of the music curriculum are experienced! In the Listening and responding strand, emphasis is placed on the range and depth of experiences in listening to music, and on becoming an ‘active listener’. Performance incorporates a balance of singing and instrumental playing of his/her own work and the work of others. Ways of using sound are explored in composing, both with the voice and with a widening range of musical instruments and students get the opportunity to develop their own creativity through music making.
Every year the students also have opportunities to showcase and develop their musical talents in the school.
- School Instrumental group meets with Ms. O Mahony every Tuesday. They perform on important school occasions.
- All classes perform for their school at the monthly assemblies.
- School hosts many different opportunities for performances throughout the year. Seó Talann during Seachtain na Gaeilge, Grandparents Day, End of year concerts.
- Students perform with the school choir at choral events every year.
- Classes perform during sacramental ceremonies every year.
Music is an integral part of the child centred curriculum in Spa N.S., not just because it enhances other areas of learning but because it deepens the child’s sense of humanity, teaching him/her to recognise beauty and to be sensitive to and to appreciate more fully the world in which he/she lives