Department News

DYW Music Therapy

We were delighted to welcome music therapist, Mary Veal, to our music department who gave a very interesting talk about her work as a therapist with Nordoff Robbins. This was part of the Developing the Young Workforce programme in the music department which enables pupils to hear about careers relating to music.

We were delighted to welcome music therapist, Mary Veal, to our music department who gave a very interesting talk about her work as a therapist with Nordoff Robbins.

Music therapy helps people with a range of conditions including learning disabilities, neurological disorders, life-limiting illness, brain injury, cerebral palsy, mental health issues, trauma, stroke and dementia and it was great for Baldragon pupils to find out about this very special kind of work.  Mary informed the pupils and staff about the qualifications and work experience required to enter this World of Work. 

Ex Music Pupils and Staff perform at School Reunion

On Saturday 18th November the Bonar Hall was alive with the Sound of Music. Read on for more information.

On Saturday 18th November the Bonar Hall was alive with the Sound of Music as ex pupils and staff from Kirkton High and Baldragon Academy performed at the reunion of both schools.  The performers from all the decades of the life of our "old building" performed a wide range of music and shared many happy memories  of their time at KHS and BA.  Thank you to everyone who took part and made the evening so special.

Click here for photos from the event

Christmas Concert

Our Christmas concert this year is on Monday 11th December at 7.30pm in the assembly hall. Tickets priced £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children will be on sale from Mr Keir from the start of December. We hope you can come along and hear our talented pupils from Baldragon Academy as well as our Primary Cluster Band.

Music Department London Trip

What an amazing trip! Our 40 pupils were a real credit to themselves and to the school as they had a great time in London.

Highlights of the trip were West End productions of Aladdin and the fantastic new musical - School of Rock.  Our trip included education tours of the Houses of Parliament, National Theatre and Globe Theatre.  A guided coach tour of London was very informative and allowed us to take lots of photos.  Thanks to everyone involved.

Here is just a few of the photos taken 

SCO Minimalism Concert

Our National 5 pupils attended a concert at Perth Concert Hall which was given by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The concert, entitled American Minimalism, featured music by John Adams and Steve Reich and presented a fantastic opportunity for pupils to experience the excitement of a live orchestra up close. Pupils discovered how minimalistic music is produced and will experiment with this genre in their own compositions.

Visit to Dundee College Sound Engineering Studio

As part of our DYW Project our National and Higher Music Technology visited the Sound Engineering Studio at Dundee College, Gardyne Road Campus. Pupils met Chris Kidd, the sound engineer and discussed the life of a sound engineer. They also saw the professional recording studio in use and the sound room for the theatre. Thank you to Chris Kidd for giving our pupils this excellent opportunity to see the World of Work for a sound engineer.

Baldragon Academy at Food and Flower Festival

Baldragon Academy Music Department performed at the Food and Flower Festival. Congratulations and a big thank you to our soul band, wind band and brass ensemble who entertained the public that attended the Festival.

Associated Board Exam Success

Congratulations to the following pupils who sat their Associated Board music exams in June.

Ben Kerr - Clarinet - Grade 1 - Passed with Merit
Molly McGeoghie - Tenor Saxophone - Grade 2 - Passed with Merit

Baldragon Soul Band and Soloists perform at J in the Park

Our Soul Band and soloists performed at the morning and afternoon sessions of J in the Park event at Jessie Porter Nursery.

Many thanks to our Soul Band and soloists who entertained the children who attend the morning and afternoon sessions of Jessie Porter Nursery.  The whole day was a great success with fantastic music, great weather and a very grateful group of pupils and staff from the nursery.  Very well done Baldragon pupils.  Another brilliant performance with a great team of pupils and staff!!!

Music Department Roadshow

Baldragon Music Pupils perform at our feeder primary schools

Our annual Music Department Roadshow enabled primary 4 - 7 pupils from our feeder primaries (Ardler Primary, Craigowl Primary, Downfield Primary and Sidlaw View Primary).  

Over 500 pupils were able to hear a wide range of music performed by our talented pupils from Baldragon Academy.  It was a fantastic Roadshow and both performers and audiences really loved this transition project.

Well done to everyone involved!! Click here to see photos from the day.