Music has a very important place in Alexandra College. You will hear music from the Junior School Hall at most times of the day. We start each day singing at Assembly, and continue throughout the day with class singing and general musicianship, Choir, Orchestra and instrument lessons.
Singing and Music Classes
Each class is allocated a singing period, and everyone participates in a weekly music class.
The younger girls learn about music through games, songs, and poems. They work with body percussion (clapping, tapping…) and untuned percussion instruments (drums, tambourines...). They learn to respond to music imaginatively and with freedom using movement and art.
The older girls continue to develop their musical literacy and experience in a fun and varied way.
The Orff Approach
A big part of the musical adventure for KG Upper to J6 is the Orff approach, a developmental approach to teaching music. Music making through Orff encourages creativity and offers a real hands-on experience of music to every child.
The Orff approach sits neatly beside our Froebelian philosophy of child development and education: the children learn music through child-led play, discovery, exploration and fun. They happily perform, share their learning and develop their own musical potential.
Our choir is made up of students from J3 to J6.
Highlights over recent years have been performing at the special Alex 150 concert in the National Concert Hall and singing with the Three Tenors. We have also been prize winners at Feis Ceoil and the Wesley Music Festival on many occasions.
Our orchestra is made up of students from J1 to J6.
The makeup of the orchestra changes every year and typically would include strings, some woodwind, several saxophones and the Orff instruments.
We welcome players who learn an instrument outside school.
Co Curricular Instrumental Classes and Solo Singing
From KG Lower, tuition is available in a wide range of instruments.
Lessons take place during the school day. We currently have students taking solo singing, violin, cello, harp, guitar, flute, ukulele, saxophone, drum kit and piano.
Making Music With Others
We have forged musical links with several other schools including St. Joseph’s School in Ballymun, and St. Michael’s House school for children with intellectual disabilities.
We also regularly perform with other Junior Schools at the yearly AIJS (Association of Independent Junior Schools) Music Day.
We share our love of music with these schools and always enjoy our collaborations.