Department of Music
The department is housed in the purpose built Robertson Music Centre, which has class teaching rooms (including a computer suite and recording studio), smaller rooms for individual teaching and an auditorium seating 200. There are also dedicated music teaching rooms in Lower and Junior Schools.
The music department throughout the school is focused on equipping all students with the skills and knowledge needed to enjoy hands-on experience of music making at the highest possible level and across all styles and genres. All areas of the curriculum include activities involving listening, performing and composing.
Lower School Music
Work here focuses successively on musical notation, scales and chords, taking in use of music notation software, a study of Jazz and Blues, musical form and analysis, and initial tuition in guitar.
In U4 (S2) girls are introduced to playing bass guitar and drums and study different musical forms and styles. GCSE Music (Edexcel) includes the study of 12 set works ranging across music of many centuries as well as popular styles and world music with coursework composing related to these topics and performance.
Courses at Higher and Advanced Higher (SQA) encourage students to widen their knowledge and develop their creative skills and musical insight.
The Music faculty has three full time staff teaching in Lower and Upper Schools:
Dip Mus Ed. (RSAMD)
BMus (Hons) Edin, PhD Teacher of Music
Elizabeth Morrison MEd(RCS), PGCE, BMus, DRSAMD
MMus, Dip ABRSM
All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and they all hold a post graduate teaching qualification (usually PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.
Mrs Elena Bannatyne – Piano
Miss Lesley Bell – Clarinet and Saxophone
Mr Gordon Campbell – Pipes
Miss Catriona Clark - Voice
Mrs Harriet Davidson – Cello
Miss Clea Friend – Cello
Dr Jane Gardiner - Piano
Mr James Goodenough - Piano
Mr Tom Gordon – Percussion
Ms May Halyburton – Double Bass and Bass Guitar
Gillian Horn - Bassoon
Mr Robin Hutt – Piano
Mr Fraser Kelman - Oboe
Mr James Letham – Piano
Miss Anne Lewis – Voice
Mr Roddy Long – Head of Strings, Violin and Viola
Miss Anne Macdonald – Violin, Viola and Piano
Calum Macleod - Harp
Jennifer Marr - Brass Teacher
Mr David McGirr - Guitar
Elizabeth McKeon - Soprano and Music Teacher
Mrs Paddy Murray – Violin
Miss Adele Neilson – Guitar
Ms Jennifer Redmond – Piano
Miss Emma Roche – Flute
Miss Simone Sahyouni – Voice