Be a Chorister Afternoon - for children P3 to P5.

Find out what it's like to be a chorister and part of the award-winning Choir of St Mary's Cathedral. 

Friday 15th November, 2pm to 6pm. Free. Booking essential. 

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Instrumental Classes

Group Instrumental Lessons, from Primary 3 onwards (from age 7)

It is an advantage for children starting an instrument to attend or have attended Kodály classes, and more developed co-ordination and physical size are important. However, violins, recorders and clarineos can be suitable for younger children. 

Instruments currently offered are: Violin; Cello; Guitar; Clarsach; Recorder; Clarinet/Clarineo; and Trumpet.

Group instrumental lessons are offered for beginners for up to three years of tuition.  Pupils should bring their own instruments, and advice can be given on hiring/buying instruments.

Violin, Cello, Guitar and Clarsach are usually taught in groups of up to four and Recorder in groups of up to eight. 

Ensemble Classes

Recorder Ensemble and Clarinet/Clarineo Ensemble classes run according to demand for children who have had lessons for two years. 

Individual Lessons

For those who have completed three years of group instrumental lessons, individual half-hour lessons can be arranged.  Please speak to the Saturday Music Classes Co-ordinator if you are interested in continuing your musical journey.

Practising

In order to progress and enjoy an instrument, it is strongly recommended that instrumental pupils practise for 10 - 15 minutes five times a week. 

Music Theory Classes

Theory forms the basis for reading music and is taught in small classes. ‘Beginners’ introduces Grade 1, ‘Intermediate’ encompasses Grades 2 and 3, and ‘Advanced’ deals with Grades 4 and 5, but classes can be taught multi-level so that each child learns at their own pace.

Pupils should provide their own books (ABRSM publishing, Music Theory in Practice by Eric Taylor, appropriate grade, and Theory is Fun by Maureen Cox, appropriate grade)

Instrumental Lesson

 

Instrumental Learning

Choir School

Saturday Music Classes

 

St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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St Mary's Music School Trust Limited is a charity No. SC014611
Registered Office: Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL.