Instrumental Tuition is a very important part of life within the Music Department. Every pupil in school has the opportunity to avail of the expertise available from the talented instrumentalists who attend school each week. Most of these tutors are provided by the SELB Music Service but other private tutors also provide an invaluable service. Lessons are available in the following areas:
SELB Music Service (Violin / Viola)
Students are taught by Mrs McGrath every Thursday during the school term. We currently have a large number of students being taught violin and viola from beginners through to those studying for high ABRSM examination grades.
SELB Music Service (Cello / Double Bass)
Students are taught by Mrs. Mathers every Friday during the school term. We currently have three students being taught both the Cello and Double Bass.
SELB Music Service (Trumpet / Trombone / French Horn / Tuba)
Mr. Benson teaches a large number of students every Wednesday on a variety of Brass instruments. These range from beginners to those studying for higher grade examinations.
SELB Music Service (Flute / Clarinet / Oboe / Bassoon / Alto Saxophone / Tenor Saxophone)
Mrs. McCourt teaches a large number of students every Thursday on a variety of different Woodwind instruments. These range from beginners to those studying for higher grade examinations.
Students who receive tuition from the SELB Music Tutors also have the opportunity to attend Orchestras and Ensembles from students from all over the Southern Education and Library Board.
Some of our students also make use of the Advanced Tuition Scheme in Newry.
A large number of our students also take singing lesson in school. Emma-Jane McKnight is a locally based professional voice and piano teacher who provides individual singing classes for the Music Department. She is also a past pupil of KHS, studying both GCSE and A Level Music before going on to the University of Ulster to study Music to degree level. Students work towards exams in Music Theatre and/or Rock School, both of which develop performance skills and develop vocal abilities. Emma-Jane performed on the Kilkeel High School stage in our school musical as a student and has gone on to perform in many musicals throughout the province. Her most recent performance was as a lead in the 'Glee Singers' (Newcastle) production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.
Drum-kit lessons have been added to the list of musical tuition available in KHS this year and are proving to be very popular. Stefan Downey is a full time, locally based professional drum tutor who provides individual drum kit classes for the Music Department. Stefan attended St Mark's School, Warrenpoiint where he studied GCSE Music. His A Level Music course was taught in conjunction with Newry High School. Stefan then went on to study Music to degree level before setting up his own Music tuition business. Students learn the basics in music theory as well as techniques in drumming before embarking on Rock School examinations to develop their performance skills and gain useful qualifications in Music (Rock School is operated through Trinity College, London).
Piano lessons are available in KHS and are taught by Wendy Speers. Wendy is a full time, locally based Piano teacher with a great reputation as a teacher and who is well known for the excellent results achieved by many of her pupils. She is a past pupil of KHS where she studied both GCSE and A Level Music. She has also been awarded a Diploma in Music tuition by Trinity College of Music, London.