School of Traditional Music



Oban High School Celtic Traditional Music School provides pupils with 1-1 tuition on their chosen specialism and group performance sessions in traditional music. The Traditional School of Music was launched as a 12 week pilot project in 2013 and due to the success of the pilot it now runs for the full academic year.

Oban and Lorn is an area steeped in traditional music and with the availability of world class tutors locally we are able to offer a programme of 1-1 tuition and ensemble work where pupils have the opportunity to arrange and perform the music they have learnt in their lessons.

Visiting tutors come to the school to provide the pupils with their 1-1 lessons. This takes place in the music department and then throughout the year they have ensemble days which currently take place in the assembly hall.

The pupils are studying the following disciplines: piping, whistle & flute, fiddle, piano, guitar, accordion and voice.

We currently have 4 outstanding and well renowned tutors. Sileas Sinclair is our Musical Director and also teaches accordion, piano and voice. Finlay Wells teaches guitar, Joanie Garvin teaches Fiddle and Andrew Stevenson teaches pipe and whistle.

The aims of the project are:
• To promote traditional music within Oban High School, our local community and beyond.
• To give both breadth and depth to our pupils’ wider learning experiences.
• To offer pupils specialist tuition to enable them to perform to the highest level on their chosen instrument.
• To provide our pupils with the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their musical talents.
• To provide our pupils with the opportunity to perform to a variety of audiences, regularly.
• To offer our pupils the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.
• To ensure we continue to enrich our pupils learning experience with an appreciation of our culture, Gaelic language and national identity.
• To strengthen our links with our local community.
• To extend our links with others both home and abroad.
• To ensure we provide a happy, stimulating environment in which to learn.

 An annual showcase of the pupils’ work is held in Skipinnish Ceilidh House – Oban’s Premier Traditional Music venue and we have also been fortunate in having many other performance opportunities including Oban Hogmanay Street Party, Tartan Day New York 2015 and a collaboration project with Donald Shaw from Capercaille and the National Trust for Scotland. We now have formal links with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Scottish Music Department) who visit the school at the beginning of each academic year to deliver workshops to the pupils in the TSM and offer an insight into the application process for a course at the RCS.

We are offering our pupils something very unique and we are very privileged and proud of all of our past and present Traditional School of Music pupils.



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