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St. Eithne's Primary School, Derry

Music at Saint Eithne's Primary School

Music is an integral part of our development of 'The Arts' here at Saint Eithne's Primary School. Music is a fantastic way in which to develop children's self confidence and belief in their abilities and this is something that we, as a school, strive to instill in our children. 

Throughout our school we develop all aspects of music from listening and responding, to composition and performance.

Music Curriculum:

As a school we use 'Charanga', an online digital platform, which focuses on the teaching of all aspects of the music curriculum in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. This platform provides opportunities for children to explore music development throughout the genres from classical music through to the modern world of rap, pop and hip hop music- the children absolutely love it! We are very fortunate to have the Music Pathways Programme delivered to our Foundation Stage children by a wonderful team of music specialists. 

Instrumental Tuition:

Within our school, children from Primary 4 to Primary 7 learn the recorder and a wide range of percussion instruments as part of their weekly music lessons. We also provide instrumental tuition for woodwind and brass instruments such as trumpet and clarinet which is facilitated by a musical tutor from the Department of Education on a weekly basis.

School Choir:

Saint Eithne's Primary School Choir was initially established to perform at annual Liturgical services and Christmas shows. However, having grown from strength to strength the choir has performed at a variety of charitable and fundraising events within the school and wider community. The choir has successfully participated in a variety of local choir competitions and recently performed in Foyleside Shopping Centre for a charitable cause. 

Our school choir has a very eclectic and extensive music repertoire and perform traditional religion and modern gospel music as well as songs from well known musicals, and stage shows, Disney movies and modern chart hits. 

Our school choir also takes on a leading role in our annual school productions.  

Musical Productions

Saint Eithne's Primary School is well known for its annual musical productions. These productions provide our children with fun, motivating and invigorating experiences and give them a glimpse into what it is like to be involved in the hustle and bustle of live stage performances. With a real history of humour, charisma and laughter, these productions involve our children in the development of stage productions, props, set design, acting, singing and dance and leave them with life-long memories which they will cherish forever. 

At Saint Eithne's we are very fortunate to have such a hard working, dedicated and skilled team of staff members and parental volunteers to assist in costume design, make up and help us to make our productions such as success. Our productions to date have consisted of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella Rockerfella and Aladdin, Matilda, Peter Pan and this year Moana Jr. 


Please find the link below for all of the rehearsal tracks for our 2024 Musical Production of Moana; 


24th Jun 2019
On Friday 21st June the children of P5 went on a school trip with a difference. They...
12th Feb 2019
On Monday 11th February, the children from Mr Kerr's P5 class went to St Mary's...
5th Oct 2018
The Saint Eithne's Primary School Choir busy rehearsing for their first Sunday Mass...
16th Dec 2016
Our wonderful school choir had the honour to sing at the Christmas Tree Festival...
13th May 2016
The sun came out and shone upon us all as we honoured Mary in our May Procession. ...