Music has a long and proud tradition at Presentation College Currylea. All students have the opportunity to develop instrumental, choral and musical theatre skills as part of our music programme.

Lessons are offered to junior music students in violin, cello, clarinet, flute and ukulele. The school provides the instruments free-of-charge and pays for tuition for these students.

Musical activities include:

  • School Musical
  • Orchestra
  • Artistic Performance (Choir, Drama, Dance)
  • Music Outreach
  • Trad Group
  • Ukulele Group
  • Liturgical Choir
  • YouTube Channel
  • Currylea School of Music

We believe that participation in music is for everyone and that somewhere among our music activities there is a path for each and every student to express their talent. Music is a whole-school event.

 

School Musical

Productions have included My Fair Lady, Cinderella, Grease, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, Wizard of Oz and many more.
It is a whole-school production with students take on roles on-stage and off-stage, in performance, directing, choreography, set-design, lighting and stage-crew. November is always a busy time as it leads up to opening night – one of our favourite periods of the year here in the school.
The school musical is open to all non-exam students.

Director: Ms. Lohan Musical Director: Ms. O’Brien

 

Orchestra

Our school orchestra takes great pride in providing the musical accompaniment for the annual school musical. Every musician and every instrument are welcome in our school orchestra. The score of the musical is re-arranged to accommodate all instruments and abilities, making it a truly inclusive musical ensemble.

Conductor: Ms. O’Brien
Orchestral Leader: Ellie Egan

 

Trad Group

The trad group draws on the strong musical foundations laid by the local Comhaltas branches including Belclare, Tuam, Lackagh and Corofin. Senior students lead the way in choice of tunes, arrangements, scheduling rehearsals and performances. The trad group particularly enjoy fusing Irish music with popular styles as can be viewed in the following video.

Teacher: Ms. O’Brien
Music Council Rep: Caoimhe Kelly, Alanna Hannon, Chloe Collins & Ellie Egan

 

Ukulele Club

The ukulele is a very accessible and fun instrument! Ukulele club takes place once a week where students combine online learning with in-school peer tuition from senior students. Students relish learning the accompaniment to their favourite pop songs!

Music Council Rep: Claire McGill

 

Outreach Workshops in Primary Schools

In order to support the school’s vision of building relationships with the wider community, we offer Outreach Workshops in Primary Schools every year. These workshops are planned and centred around the participation of Transition Year students.

The goal is always to get the senior pupils in each primary school to stage a performance at the end of a 45-minute interactive workshop. Each primary pupil showcases their newly acquired skills either vocally, rhythmically or melodically on their newly-learned instruments. Each Transition Year student takes charge of a separate section, e.g., violins, vocals, and lead the pupils in learning.

This workshop encourages Transition Year students to get involved in the community, while also giving the students an opportunity to improve their teaching and leadership skills.

 

YouTube Channel

Our YouTube music channel features performances from our talented musicians at various recitals and performances throughout the year. Click on the link below to keep up-to-date with some of our recent performances.

View our Presentation College Tuam Music Channel

 

Artistic Performance

Artistic performance is enjoyable for students, because it is hands-on, fully engaging the participants in practical group activities. Through music, drama and dance the arts can transform student’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate feelings, meanings and interpretations to an audience. The Artistic Performance class provides opportunities for students to develop new skills: the performance being both a challenge and a source of satisfaction in bringing an idea from conception to realisation.

 

Liturgical Choir

The Liturgical Choir provides music for our Opening Year Music and annual Carol Service. The Music Council have responsibility for organising the choir and instrumentalists for these events.

Teachers: Ms. Rouse
Student Council Rep: Music Council Members

 

Currylea School of Music

Currylea School of Music was founded in 2013 to provide the young people of Tuam and surrounding areas with the opportunity to learn a musical instrument from acclaimed professionals.

Situated in Presentation College Currylea, the Currylea School of Music offers half-hour lessons to suit all levels. Tutors are experienced musicians in a wide variety of instruments including piano, classical violin, classical flute, clarinet, saxophone, traditional flute, traditional fiddle and guitar as well as vocal training.

Fees for all lessons are payable directly to the tutor on a term basis. Students or parents should contact teachers directly on the numbers below to make arrangements.

All other queries can be directed to Una O Brien (Coordinator) at una.obrien@prescurrylea.com

For more information and class times please contact:

Matthew Berrill
matthewberrill@gmail.com
087-7811783
Flute, clarinet, and saxophone

Ciara Finan
c.finan24@gmail.com
087-9187257
Piano and Traditional / Classical Violin

Dave Clancy
davidclancy1978@gmail.com
086-2431436
Guitar

Edel Burke (No Places Currently Available)
eburkeedu@gmail.com
087-7829211
Piano and violin

Lisa Kelly
liskellytradmusic@gmail.com
085-8420005
Concertina, Beginner Trad Piano, Tin-Whistle and Traditional Singing