Music at Ballyclare Primary
Music plays a very important role here at Ballyclare Primary School. All children from P1 to P7 are given the opportunity to develop their musical talents. Just take a walk around our school and you will hear Mozart and Handel, nursery rhymes and counting songs, singing and recorders.
From P4 onwards our children have the opportunity to learn an instrument through the peripatetic service. We currently have 65 children taking lessons and offer lessons in upper and lower strings, Brass and woodwind. Drum lessons and piano lessons are also available for our pupils through private tutors. To encourage their musical talent further, children are invited to join the school orchestra and ensembles. As a member of these groups, our children enjoy taking part in performances at Christmas time and for local musical festivals, where we have been praised on the range of instruments and overall sound produced. We also encourage our children to take part in the solo classes of the festival to further develop their confidence and the high standard of playing is often commented on by the adjudicators. Pianists of the school are encouraged to provide musical interludes before and after our school assemblies and the audiences are always pleased with what they hear.
We also have a number of choirs throughout our school year. This year, our Key Stage 2 Choir performed at our Christmas service and at a special charity fundraising event hosted by the Mayor of Newtownabbey. Our P4 choir attended the Peace Proms in the Odyssey and had the opportunity to sing alongside 3000 children and the Cross Boarder Orchestra. Soloists from America were also there and the event was a great success in promoting peace within the communities of Northern Ireland. P3 children get the opportunity to experience choir in Term 3 and perform for the rest of the school during an assembly.
Our Sparklers Festival Choir attended the Ballyclare Music festival and for the 4th consecutive year came 1st in the competition. The videos of the choir can be found below. We hope you enjoy their wonderful sound.