The skills gained through participation in the Expressive Arts are highly desirable in the global community today.  At Kelvinside Academy we encourage a willingness to take risks, to be open to new ideas and to learn through strategic thinking.

I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.


Music plays a central role in the life of Kelvinside Academy. Many pupils are attracted to the School because of the considerable opportunities that exist in Expressive Arts.

In the Music Department teachers are passionate about the benefits music can bring to all - perseverance, concentration and confidence as well as performance skills and a life-long love of making music with others.

The music curriculum is taught by specialists from Primary 1. In the Junior School all pupils are given the opportunity to learn to sing, play recorder, play glockenspiel and play the violin. Singing and rhythm games also feature strongly and creativity is encouraged through composing.

In Senior School all pupils learn keyboard, guitar and drum kit until the end of S2. Here the emphasis is on group performance before choosing National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher.

Instrumental lessons are a major part of the musical life of the School with many pupils working through all the ABRSM and Trinity Grades to a very high standard. The School fosters links with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as well as National Orchestras and Choirs.

The music curriculum is taught by specialists from Primary 1.

The School boasts four choirs, an orchestra, a wind band, a woodwind ensemble and a string ensemble all of which regularly perform in the Glasgow Music Festival. However, the musical life of the school extends much further to accommodate all music tastes. In addition to the two main concerts and annual School Show, the department runs a host of formal and informal evenings including open mic nights, solo recital nights and young composer nights.