Department News

Entertaining residents of Balgowan Sheltered Housing Complex

Six of our music pupils entertained the residents of Balgowan Sheltered Housing complex on Tuesday 19th December.

 Both the pupils and residents enjoyed each others company, having a Christmas carol sing-a-long as well as a chat.  Thank you to all involved who brought some Christmas cheer to the residents.

Carol Singing for Maggie's Centre

A fantastic sum of £325.83 was raised by our pupils as a result of their carol singing at Tesco Kingsway on Friday 15th December.

Pupils sang Christmas songs and carols for one and a half hours and were delighted with the public's response.  A great effort for a great cause! Thank you to everyone involved.

Carol Singing at Ninewells Hospital

Pupils from our music department entertained some of the patients from Ninewells Hospital with Christmas carols.

The patients and staff enjoyed the festive cheer and our pupils were a credit both in their performances and conduct.

Christmas Concert

Over 100 pupils performed in our Christmas Concert which was the final concert to take place in the old building.

We were delighted that our Primary Cluster Band joined our talented Baldragon pupils in this great event.  The 300 people in the audience were entertained by our wind band, brass ensemble, saxophone quartet, string ensemble, guitar ensemble, vocal group, soul band, S1 and S2 ensemble, pipes and drums, piano trio and various soloists.  Thank you to everyone made this evening so special. Click here for photos from rehearsals on that day.

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.