Welcome S1

Welcome S1 to the music department blog.  This is where you will find out information on what is going on in the department.  

Your homework for today was to find out who was number one on the day you were born.  Comment below to let us know!  Don’t mention your date of birth just tell us what song was number one!
The song that was number one the day Miss McD was born was Pet Shop Boys – Always on my mind 


Looking forward to reading your posts 


In hindsight performance

Last week we were lucky to have a visit by up and coming band In hindsight.  The band are on tour throughout Britian performing in schools to promote the safe use of the internet and highlight the dangers of social media and cyber bullying.  The band performed a few of their own tracks, covers of Olly Murs and Ariana Grande and held a question and answer session with pupils.  


New Term news

We have only been back for three weeks but the department is as busy as before and of course just as noisy with some excellent musical performances!

The S1 classes have been impressive with their music ability and are working hard to develop their performing skills on keyboard, tuned percussion and drum kit. They are also working on understanding how to read music! Videos of their class performances will follow shortly!

S2/3 have started a project on film music and are learning to perform a variety of film tunes including Eye of the tiger, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter theme. Watch out for their film composing coming soon!

The Nationals class have started of brilliantly with pupils really focused and dedicated to improving their performing, watch this space for some excellent performances coming up!

The higher class are building on their excellent NAT 5 results and are all dedicated to the challenge of higher this year!

Finally watch out for some exciting lunchtime and extra curricular clubs in the pipe line including collaborating with @drakemusic

Primary 7 transitions

Our lucky feeder primary schools are in the middle of undertaking a project with us here at castlebrae and @drakemusic looking into performing as a rock band. We have been busy working with Castleview primary 7s to perform on a variety of instruments including keyboard, guitar, chime bars and percussion and we hope to perform the classic hit don’t stop believing as a band in our final session. Niddrie Mill primary will undertake a similar project here in the music department in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to hear how it sounds!

Well done Jayce

Congratulations to our higher student Jayce who has been accepted to study a rock and pop performing course at Edinburgh College. Jayce has rocked the music department during his time at Castlebrae impressing everyone with his guitar skills and very musical ears! I am sure we will see him on stage in a few years! Well done Jayce!

Senior student takes part in SCO VIBE

Congratulations to Higher student Jayce Gartland Quinn who took part in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra course during the Easter holidays. SCO VIBE is a new fusion band open to young musicians aged 11-18 living in Edinburgh. Influenced by the group members and the musical styles that they love the group composed music to reflect imaginary landscapes. The week ended with a performance last Friday afternoon. Jayce was a valued member of the band and his talent and committment was recognised by the director of the course. Jayce performed with style and amazed the audience with his guitar solo during the performance. Well done Jayce!