A Musical Journey
In the past ten years of the college’s history the Music Department, like the college as a whole, has flourished and grown.
From its humble beginnings of one music classroom and store with a few keyboards and percussion instruments, I am very proud that the department has developed significantly – not just in terms of its physical resources, but in the musical experience offered to students.
The College now boasts a purpose-built Music Suite with two classrooms (one incorporating a mini IT Suite), group rooms, ensemble practice rooms, recording studio, instrument store and book store. These up-to-date facilities provide both an excellent resource and an attractive environment for students.
In addition to the formal classroom-based music curriculum, it has been the aim of the Music Department to provide a varied and wide ranging musical experience to enhance students’ music education. This has been achieved through opportunities for students to develop as listeners, composers and performers of music, in college and in the local and wider community.
Extracurricular instrumental tuition, concert attendance, community events, competitions, music workshops and College performances have all contributed to the broader musical experience.
Extracurricular music has grown considerably through the years. Tuition in Brass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Violin and Voice have all been provided. Increasing numbers of students have been successful in external music examinations.
Each year students are involved in providing music/entertainment at a number of College events including Prize Day, Christmas Concert, Christmas, Easter and other Special Assemblies and the Summer Concert.
However, with each new year, numerous other musical opportunities present themselves. Highlighted below are a selection of events that ICD students have participated in:
Visitors to ICD
Community Contribution – performances
A number of performances have had special significance, in particular:
However, the Music Department’s most ambitious project to date has been the production of the CD ‘Together We Are One’. Present and past students, friends, parents and staff of the College came together in a musical celebration of the cultural and stylistic diversity representative of ICD students.
The success of this and the many other events is due to the commitment of students, parents and staff.
On a personal note, it has been a privilege to watch the development of the College and witness the students’ talents mature and develop.
As for the future, who knows what exciting opportunities are just around the corner?
-Elizabeth Seale (Head of Music)