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Music Technology

In addition to having computers in both of the secondary teaching classrooms, the department has a suite of computers which are used by pupils from S1-6 on a regular basis. Pupils are encouraged to use technology to help develop their listening and creative skills and are welcome to use the equipment at their leisure..

To help with the transition from Primary 7 to S1, pupils were engaged in a project based around the popular console game Band Hero. The use of the interactive instruments helped to develop co-ordination and listening skills and proved to be a good stimulus for a range of tasks across the curriculum.

The software available is quite varied and allows differentiated work to be set for pupils. As pupils progress through to S3, skills on programs such as Sibelius and Cubase are developed so that they can use the software confidently to assist them in completing coursework. Technology can be used from an early age and pupils in the primary department of the school regularly use software to learn about musical instruments, rhythm and to create their own music.

Specific Music Software currently available includes:

Sibelius

Cubase

Audacity (free download from internet)

Magix Music Maker

Noisy Things

Mini Musical Monsters

The Dums

Aviary (Audio editor - Myna)

Recording facilities have recently been installed in the department and it is hoped that pupils, staff and members of the community will be able to make use of this new resource.

Digital microphones are regularly used to make recordings of both individual and group work and these recordings are shared with pupils so that they too can hear their own work and evaluate their progress. The internet and online tools such as Spotify are also used along with music websites from the links pages.