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:

New online music classes available with Mosaic Music School!

Mosaic Music School are offering a wonderful series of online classes for children aged 5-11, led by our very own Cat Evison!

‘Mosaic Online Music School provides high quality music education to children at the start of their musical journey. Our range of live online classes, led by our experienced musician and music practitioner, Cat Evison, will develop your child’s musicianship skills through singing, movement and games in a supportive and encouraging environment. These classes are a great starting point for any child wishing to learn an instrument, and excellent support for those who already do.’

Classes are available in recorder and general musicianship starting September 14th. Places are sure to fill up fast, so book now via the link below.

Fife Music School – Free Music Classes

Saturday 23rd November

Fife Music School are delighted to announce our second open morning taking place at Windmill Community Campus on Saturday 23rd November. Join us for a taster of the classes taking place from 2020 for kids and adults.

Fife Music School: Early Years Class

Sat 23rd November
Toddlers 9.30-10am | Babies 10.15-10.45am
FREE TO ATTEND

Join the team at Fife Music School for a fun music-making session for early years.

Introduce your child to music through play with exciting games and songs. If your child is walking then the toddler class is for them. If they are not yet up and on their feet then bring them to the baby class. This taster class is free to attend, but sign up soon to avoid disappointment as places are filling up fast!

Fife Music School: Beginner Recorder Class (P4&5)

Sat 23rd November | 11-11.30am
FREE TO ATTEND

Join the us for our beginner recorder class for children in Primary 4 & 5. This class features fun tunes, songs and games to get your child fired up about learning an instrument!

The recorder is a great first instrument – inexpensive and easy to make a sound with, they provide a great way to learn to read music and a good basis for moving onto another woodwind instrument such as flute, clarinet or sax.

There’s need to bring a recorder as we will be providing Nuvo Recorder+ instruments for the session. Their clever design makes them easier to play than a regular recorder, and they look great too!

Fife Music School: Fun Singing Session for Adults

Sat 23rd November | 11.45am-12.40pm
FREE TO ATTEND

Join us for a good old sing and discover the well-being benefits of making music in a group!

This class is open to absolutely everyone, whether you think you can sing or not! Expect a fun and light-hearted introduction to singing as part of a group led by two experienced professional musicians and teachers. 

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

Music Classes for Young Children (Ages 4-8)

Boy singing into microphone
Music classes for young children

Fife Music School are excited to be rolling out a whole range of music classes for young children in 2020. These classes are aimed at building confidence in music ahead of taking up an instrument, and will involve a whole variety of games and activities including voice, movement and percussion instruments.

We believe that a great foundation in music is a huge advantage when it comes to taking up an instrument later on, as well as being great for developing a whole range of social, physical and cognitive skills. Led by expert tutors Ellie Steemson and Catherine Evison, the focus is on enjoyment and creating confidence.

We will be offering two completely free taster music classes for young children and their parents on Saturday 26th October in Kirkcaldy. There will be two groups, one for children aged 4-5 and the other for ages 6-8. Together we will explore musical ideas such as rhythm and beat whilst having fun and making music as a group.

The classes will take place at Windmill Community Campus, Kirkcaldy at 9.30 (4-5 year-olds) and 10.15 (6-8 year-olds). If you would like to attend all you need to do is sign up using the button below. We hope to see you there!

If you have older children, you may also be interested in our recorder class for 9-11 year-olds taking place on the same day at 12pm. An introduction to recorder playing using the brand new Nuvo Recorder+. More details here.

Music Classes for Adults

Free Music Classes for Adults - open day flyer

Fife Music School will be offering a variety of music classes for adults with different levels of musical experience. The classes for beginners will involve making music in a small group, and you do not need to have an instrument. We will be using percussion instruments, movement and voices to learn about musical performance, including how to read basic music notation.

Perhaps you are already learning an instrument? Our classes are broad-based, and all adult-learners can add value to their instrumental studies by taking part. We plan to offer theory and music appreciation classes, as well as general musicianship classes including percussion and vocal work.

We will start to run a range of music classes for adults from 2020, but to introduce ourselves and what we do, we are offering two completely free taster sessions on Saturday 26th October at 11am and 23rd November at 11.45am. The sessions will be led by experienced musicians and educators Ellie Steemson and Catherine Evison.

The class on Saturday 26th October will feature African drumming and vocal work, including an introduction to musical notation, and is open to adults aged 18+. We will work on elements of music such as listening skills, beat and rhythm. We all have an innate sense of music, and here you will have the chance to tap into this! The well-being benefits of making music (especially as part of a group) are well-documented. Why not come along and give it a go?!

On November 23rd we will be offering an adult choir session, which will allow you to feel the benefits of singing in a group alongside developing your musical understanding and knowledge.

We’d love to see you at either session (or both!). To find out more and sign up to a class, please click the button below.

Nuvo Instruments

We were excited to receive our first batch of Nuvo instruments last week. These stylish and fun instruments feature lots of ingenious adaptations to make playing easier for beginners!

In our open morning workshop: Recorder for ages 9-11 we will be using the brand new Recorder+

We will also be using DooD‘s and TooT‘s which are ideal starter instruments for clarinet/sax and recorder in classes for various age groups later in the year. Watch this space!