An academy is enjoying the results of a complete overhaul of its music department with the addition of new instruments and computer software.
Charles Read Academy, in Corby Glen, has made a substantial investment in improving music facilities at the academy with the complete redevelopment of the existing building as well as new instruments and the installation of cutting edge-music software.
Craig Keady, Deputy Principal, said: “Students now have access to more instruments in a much better environment - they are grasping the opportunities that this offers.
“We are already seeing an increased number of students learning new instruments and opting to take music at GCSE. A Glee club was established the other week and the music that is being produced through the industry software that we have purchased is impressive.”
Acting Principal Robert Sloan said the investment in music was important. “Recent studies have shown that learning a musical instrument helps to boost academic achievement and literacy levels. With this great new facility we believe that students will have a superb opportunity to develop their musical skills, confidence and their creativity.
“Along with the new 3G artificial sports pitch which is about to be installed and the upgrades to the science laboratories, we are making serious investments to give our students the very best environment to develop their skills and knowledge.”