The music Department aims to foster the love of music and music making through its commitment to enable all pupils to become confident in the experiences of making and responding to Music. These key experiences are placed within the context of integrated listening, performing and composing activities and they provide a basis for the skills and knowledge required for success at GCSE.
Commitment to extra-curricular music plays a big part in the life of the Music Department at St.Columban’s College. The SELB Music Service provides tuition in upper strings, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Guitar is taught privately in school and pupils are encouraged to avail of the wide range of instrumental tuition on offer in the evenings by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann here in St. Columban’s.
Choral music is fostered through Choral performances at in-house school events, concerts, liturgies, school and public events. We have been fortunate to be chosen to avail of workshops from Opera Northern Ireland.
When requested we have been active in our local parishes, including providing Choral music to support the delivery of sacramental liturgy in our area. Pupils have recently taken part in musical trips to hear the Ulster Orchestra perform in the Ulster Hall and to meet the Lord Mayor of Belfast in the City Hall.
At Christmas pupils also regularly entertain the residents of Brooklands Nursing Home and this year First year pupils performed at Dickens Day in Kilkeel at the request of the Chamber of Commerce.
Students are entered for and encouraged to take part in competitive and social events. Over the years our students have won many awards. Students have also travelled to North Carolina to take part in the Newry and Mourne Music Youth Exchange.