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St.Patrick's High School Keady

Music Department

Mrs L Cruise (Head of Department)
Mrs A Brennan


Peripatetic Staff:

Mr J Mulholland (Woodwind)
Mrs E Moore (Upper Strings)
Miss G Duffy (Guitar)
Mr J Hagan (Drums)
Miss G Prince (Singing)
Miss P Vallerly (Traditional)
Miss O Shields (Piano)


Music Department

Music plays an integral part in the school life of St. Patrick’s. Pupils are given the opportunity to perform as much as possible, at Morning Assembly, Prize Giving Ceremonies, various Concerts and Dramatic Productions which are held throughout the year and all services to mark the liturgical calendar.  All pupils are encouraged to join one of the many extra-curricular musical activities which take place after and during school each week.



The school has a particularly strong reputation for high quality music making.  There are three choirs, an Orchestra, String Quartet, African Drumming Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Irish Traditional Group and Senior Rock Bands.  The annual Carol Service is held in the local Parish Church. A musical drama production is staged every three years. Workshops are held with visiting professional musicians and visits are made to musical performances locally and further afield.


Instrumental Tuition

Individual music lessons are offered in orchestral strings, woodwind, drum kit, guitar, Irish traditional, piano and voice. Pupils are prepared and entered for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, Trinity College and London college examinations.  Students are given every encouragement to participate in extra-curricular music activities.  It is our aim to provide a wide range of musical opportunities to enable each student to fulfil his/her musical interests and potential.


Music Curriculum

It is compulsory for all year 8 – 10 pupils to study music. After year 10 pupils can opt for GCSE Music and later AS and A2 Music. Many of our pupils continue their musical studies at university.


Course taught in the department – syllabus



Music Department