The highland council instrumental service is a valued resource and extension of the Music department. Without the instructors support and input extra curriculum activities like the Concert, lunch time activities would fail to run. The instructors work closely with music staff to enrich the learning of individual pupils enrolled in these specialised instruments. Currently highland is looking at restructuring the instrumental service. Please show your support by completing the following survey if you have a child in S1 by Friday 17th November. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MusicS1pupils
Tuesday night was an incredible experience as it was my first time performing with a group and playing the violin in public. I performed in the string group and I think the performance went really well. Throughout the whole night I think everyone had great fun watching all the acts.
Jessica Gordon 1 C
I started going to Charleston just after the summer break. Two weeks into my violin lessons with my new music teacher and he had already asked if I wanted to join the string group. That day I joined and since then I have played in the group.
Playing in the string group has opened so may doors for me. Our string group performed in a concert a few days ago. This helped to build my confidence on a stage and I think that is really valuable. If it wasn’t for music tuition I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this.
I have lots of brothers and sisters and it would be too expensive for my parents to pay for all of us to have private music lessons, as private lessons can be incredibly expensive. Music tuition in school makes it affordable to learn music and it allows anyone in school with a talent or love for music to be able to learn. It’s great! My sister, who played saxophone, completed her Grade 8 by the time she left school and that is my aim as well.
I also think that it is important to be able to play well in a group. You need to be able to work together to stay in the right timing. It also helps team building and in life it is important for you to be able to work in a group.
Learning an instrument also helps to build patience. Not everything is easy and you need patience to help you to not be too hard on yourself. You’re not always going to be able to do everything straightaway but if you have patience then you will eventually get there.
Finally, last week my teacher taught me 3rd position, something that I have wanted to learn for a while. It is not easy but with more practice and music lessons, I will learn new techniques and get better converting between 1st and 3rd position.
Overall I think the music lessons are really important and that playing in these groups can help build key values in life. I think music tuition is so important not just to help build my music skills but also to help build other skills that are crucial in life.
Abigail Morris 1D
Playing in the string group really helps me because it means I can’t go back and fix mistakes, I have to carry one to the end. I really enjoy playing with other people because I can see their style of playing. That’s one of the joys of the violin; you can play with other people as part of a group. The concert was a great experience and I can’t wait to do more.