Music

A rich offering of musical ensembles and styles

Music is an integral part of life at Strathallan. It occupies a significant place in the taught curriculum and also forms a central focus of the School’s co-curriculum provision.

The music department actively encourages and supports performing and composing opportunities both inside and outside of the school; whether it is in competition, outreach work or just performing for fun.

Instrumental lessons

Individual tuition is available in a wide range of instruments and around half of the School’s pupils have one-to-one music lessons.

We can arrange lessons in the following instruments:

  • Flute
  • Recorder
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Singing
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • French horn
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • Piano
  • Drum kit
  • Percussion (tuned)
  • Classical guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Music therapy
  • Music technology
  • Bagpipes
  • Pipe drums
  • Harp
  • Clarsach

We also prepare and enter students for external examinations held by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College, Trinity Rock School, and the London College of Music (Musical Theatre).

Co-curricular music

Our co-curricular music provision is extensive and diverse, with over 25 rehearsals taking place each week. Groups such as Orchestra sit comfortably alongside Rock Bands, and larger scale choral pieces happily compliment jazz and ensemble work.

As well as learning to play, there are numerous chances to perform at everything from small concerts to our annual Musical Showcase at Perth Concert Hall.

Many of our young musicians play and sing in national orchestras and choirs, and the School choir regularly performs for the Queen at Crathie Kirk.

Everyone takes part in the annual House Music competition where each House performs a solo, an ensemble and a choir piece.

Traditional Scottish music also features strongly through our active folk group and the Strathallan Pipe Band which has established its reputation as one of Scotland’s top ranking bands. As well as traditional orchestrations, the Pipe Band tackles contemporary and fusion pieces. Recent performances include T in the Park music festival, a live performance with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and playing at the opening ceremony of an international football match.

Music co-curricular timetable