Music is part of the curriculum at Castleknock College. It is offered at junior and senior levels. Compositional and aural skills are developed extensively throughout the courses. An important component of the music curriculum at both levels is practical skill. 25% at junior cycle and 50% at senior level is awarded to a practical exam (playing an instrument or singing).
Students who study music at Castleknock College can benefit from the huge amount of opportunities available to them. Beyond the classroom, students can have weekly lessons, be part of many bands, orchestras and choirs.
Recently, Music students have enjoyed successes in large musical productions and national competitions. They have taken part in productions of Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors. In more recent years there have been sell-out run of Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon and The Adams Family. The Students also put in wonderful work to compete and win a number of competitions, including first prize at Feis Ceoil, Arklow and Derry Music Festivals. They also went on to perform at the National Concert Hall, winning third prize in the Walton’s Music for Schools Competition, competing against schools from all over the country.
The Music Department runs many ensembles through the week:
- The College Choir
- Soul Band
- The First Year Band
- Junior Concert Band
- Concert Orchestra
- Ukulele Ensemble
- Vocal Quartet
- Percussion Ensemble
- Guitar Ensemble
Students get the chance to perform at
- Weekly lunchtime concerts
- Annual Summertime Concerts
- Christmas Carol Service
- Performances at local primary schools and hospitals
- Family Masses and celebratory events
The ensembles listed are intended to cater for all levels and experience, from beginner to advanced.
There is the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments at the school with outstanding teachers. Students can choose from Brass, Woodwind, Piano, Guitar, Percussion and Strings. Some instruments offer paired lessons, which bring the cost down considerably. Instruments can also be rented.
Students who study music at Castleknock College:
- Are dedicated and work hard in preparation for both solo and ensemble performances.
- Concentrate on and interpret music as a language of expression.
- Develop self-discipline and motivation through learning an instrument
- Become confident performing in public
- Engage in analytical understanding of curriculum pieces in classroom music
- Learn to be creative thinkers through composition and improvisation.
- Aid their intellectual development, enhancing literacy and mathematical skills as well as memory performance.
- Benefit from higher levels of social cohesion and emotional understanding of themselves and those around them, especially during their teenage years