Sligo Grammar School boasts an array of musical opportunities at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level, with around 100 students at present studying classroom music which focuses on the three main areas of listening, composing and performing. TY students also benefit from a short module on the history of popular music as well as an elective of musical performance where students perform with a chosen instrument. Music Technology has also been introduced in recent years.
In addition the school offers private lessons in Voice, Piano, Guitar, Violin, and Saxophone throughout and after the school day. No previous musical experience is necessary.
Outside the classroom , there are many different performance opportunities. Each year one or two concerts take place in which students and teachers perform for both peers and parents. Lunchtime gigs have also become a feature of the school year, and , of course the more accomplished musicians in the school form the orchestra for our school musicals. The annual Prize Giving and Carol Service also allows instrumentalists to perform alongside the
Below is a video of two of our teachers, Ms Tansey and Mr Mitchell with Mr O’Donnell on guitar and Mr Lynch on drums, singing “Blue Christmas” at the Lunchtime concert, Christmas 2016.
Concerts and gigs are held a couple of times a year. Informal gigs are held at lunchtime a few times in the year and there is usually a more formal concert in the hall towards the end of the year. Parents and friends are always welcome to attend the performances. These give pupils a chance to gain experience performing and are good fun for performers and audience alike.
The annual 2014 end of the year music concert was held in the school on Tuesday May 20th where students from 1st-6th year performed alongside members of staff.
The range of musical talent was impressive – pupils playing from classical to modern to jazz to musical shows. There were groups of musicians and soloists, (from Cello to Drums to piano to guitar to Trumpet) .