New Music Classes in Kirkcaldy

New music classes launching in January 2022 with Fife Music School in Kirkcaldy

Booking is now open for our next set of music classes in Kirkcaldy. We’ve had great fun working with our primary 1 and 2 students this term and seen lots of improvements in the children’s music-making.

We are delighted to announce additional music classes for primary 3 children, plus recorder classes for primary 4 to 7 children. We use the Kodály philosophy in all of our classes, introducing sound first and therefore mimicking the way children learn language.

Find out more and book your place.

The Benefits of Learning Music

What are the benefits of learning music for young children?

Thinking about attending one of our P1 & P2 music classes this Autumn? Cat Evison from Fife Music School talks about the benefits of learning music for young children…

Decisions, Decisions… 

Whether it’s performing arts, sports, arts and crafts or learning a language, there are so many opportunities for enriching after school activities these days that it can be challenging to choose.  At Fife Music School we are, somewhat predictably, in the ‘music’ camp and the good news is, we’re recruiting members!  As we gear up to start our Primary 1 and Primary 2 music classes in August 2021, we wanted to share why we do what we do and why learning music is such a great investment for your child’s future.  

‘Making music engages more areas of the brain simultaneously than any other activity’

Why Music?  

Making music engages more areas of the brain simultaneously than any other activity. In one study children participating in music showed enhancement in multiple brain areas when compared to children taking part in sport or even other arts.  You can check out this TED-Ed Talk for more details, however, the benefits are more than academic.  Research has also shown improvements in social skills, with children partaking in music sessions becoming more co-operative, agreeable and willing to help others[1]; that ‘students who play in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society’[2]; and even that playing an instrument can protect the brain against mental decline in old age.

We are starting to see music used more and more as a vehicle for social change in Scotland, with Sistema Scotland claiming to generate £9 of social benefit for every £1 of funding they receive.[3]  It may seem counterintuitive to boost music provision when children are struggling in school, but according to Dr Nina Kraus, this may be exactly what is needed.  “Research has shown that there are differences in the brains of children raised in impoverished environments that affect their ability to learn.” says the neurobiologist from Northwestern University. “While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset this academic gap.” It’s clear that whichever way you frame it, learning music is a sound investment for your child, and can significantly impact their future prospects in myriad ways.   

…learning music is a sound investment for your child, and can significantly impact their future prospects in myriad ways.

Why Fife Music School? 

As with anything educational, the benefits of learning music can only be fully realised through effective teaching.  Our tutors Ellie Steemson & Cat Evison are both professional musicians and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  They are vastly experienced teachers and have designed the programme at Fife Music School to maximise the benefits of music education, while being fun and engaging.  Young children learn most effectively through play, so we teach predominantly through singing, games and dances.  This allows children to absorb a sense of pitch and pulse, develop their co-ordination, social skills and language skills as well as their confidence.  

For more details of our classes in Kirkcaldy, click the link below:


[1] ‘Making music can make a young child nicer, more willing to help, and better at problem solving, a new study finds’ CTV News

[2] Can playing music make your child smarter? Education.com

[3] People Change Lives – Sistema Scotland

Meet Us! Fife Music School On Tour, Kirkcaldy

Meet Us! Fife Music School @ Artisan Fridays, Kirkcaldy

Come and meet us at Kirkcaldy’s Artisan Market on Friday 13th August 9am-4pm. Join us for live music and a chance to find out more about our new classes.

Meet Us: Fife Music School at Kirkcaldy's Artisan Market. 9am-4pm Friday 13th August.

Ellie and Cat will be on hand with plenty of info about our P1 and P2 foundation music classes, so feel free to come along and chat to us! It will also be a chance to see our Nuvo instruments, which we will be starting to offer classes for later in the year. These cleverly designed woodwind instruments are affordable and durable – a great way for youngsters to get into playing clarinet, flute or saxophone.

There will also be a host of other stalls selling everything from fruit and veg to jewellery, plus plenty of live entertainment and great street food. Fingers crossed for some more of this nice sunny weather we’ve been having lately!

Announcing our new music classes for August 2021!

We are taking bookings for our new Saturday morning music classes for Primary 1 and Primary 2 children in Kirkcaldy

We are delighted to announce our weekly Foundation Music Classes for primary 1 and primary 2 children, beginning on Saturday 21st August. In these classes, highly-experienced professional musicians will lead activities aimed at helping your child to develop their musical creativity and skill. 

Children will take part in fun activities such as singing, games and physical activities to help them develop an understanding of the fundamentals of music such as beat, rhythm and pitch. These classes will provide the perfect foundation for beginning to learn an instrument, whilst also helping with all-round development. 

The school year defines each class, allowing for a close integration with the skills being developed through formal schooling, so learning is tailored to suit each child’s age and stage. Classes take place at Linktown Church, Kirkcaldy, and all equipment is provided.

Book your place now:

Recorder class for 9-11 year-olds

Fife Music School is offering a free taster recorder class for 9-11 year-olds at our open morning on Saturday 26th October. If your child is aged between 9 and 11 why not come and join us for a fun introduction to the recorder? Instruments are provided, all you need to do is sign-up using the button below!

We will be rolling out group instrumental lessons on woodwind and brass instruments in Kirkcaldy throughout 2020 alongside our range of general music classes. We will be using Nuvo Instruments for our group classes, which provide a fun, accessible and affordable way to learn a wind instrument.

The brand new Recorder+ will be the first of these, followed by the DooD (a great starter for reed instruments such as clarinet or saxophone) and the TooT (brilliant for developing the skills needed to move onto a flute). Guided by our expert tutors, children taking part in our recorder classes will learn the basics of playing though fun tunes and games. We will explore musical creativity through tunes and games, helping them to develop their sense of pitch, rhythm and beat.

You may also be interested in the other classes happening the same morning:

  • Music-making for 4-5 year-olds
  • Music-making for 6-8 year-olds
  • Adult music class

And on Saturday 23rd November:

  • Parent and toddler music class
  • Parent and baby music class
  • Adult choir
  • Recorder class for 7-8 year-olds