Our Junior School has always had a strong focus on music, both as part of the curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity. Each class in the Junior School has one music lesson each week where the pupils are introduced to a variety of musical experiences. In each age group pupils are encouraged to participate in performing, composing and listening activities, using voice and a selection of classroom instruments. Through these activities, the pupils actively experience many different musical concepts in context.Where possible, particularly in the lower school, musical activities are related to other subject areas, and opportunities for interdisciplinary learning are given.
Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in front of their family and friends at our regular Music Assemblies. They are encouraged to perform as part of their class, and as soloists. These assemblies allow the pupils to experience the thrill of performing without the pressure of an unknown audience. Parents are warmly invited to these assemblies and each year group has the opportunity to perform at least once a term.
There are regular events throughout the year where pupils are encouraged to perform to a wider audience. These include music festivals, coffee mornings and concerts. There are also a number of larger events such as the lower school Christmas musical, whole school musical and our annual Nine Lessons and Carols and our Presentation Day Concert.
Lathallan choirs enter the Aberdeen and North East Music Festival each year. Each class in the Lower School enters the competition, and where possible representatives from further up the school are encouraged to participate as well. Our Infant Choir won their class in 2011 wowing the audience with their rendition of “I'm a Gnu”!
We have a large team of visiting specialist teachers who offer the following instruments:
Voice Violin Viola Drum Kit Piano
Keyboard Flute Recorder Saxophone Clarinet
Brass Guitar Chanter Bagpipes Snare Drum/Tenor Drum
Pupils have the opportunity to play in different ensembles throughout the year, and to perform at different events.
We are very proud of our school Pipe Band and a large proportion of our pupils take instruction in Pipes or Drums. The band rehearse every week and frequently represents the school at local functions and events.