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?

[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!

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.

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.

Open Mornings Saturday October 26th and November 23rd

We are thrilled to announce our open mornings at Windmill Community Campus. You are most welcome to meet us and find out more about our plans for forthcoming classes, workshops and events.

There will be free classes and cake! Please take a look at the sessions we are offering below. Places for classes are limited, so please sign up using the buttons below.

Can’t attend on either day? Just sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our future events!

October 26th 2019

9:00am – 1:00pm

Join us for a morning of music and cake at Windmill Community Campus!

All the classes below are free to attend and no instruments are required. You do however need to sign up as places are limited. Please click the button below the class to sign-up

9.30-10am: Music-making for children aged 4-5 

Leader: Catherine Evison

A fun 30 minute workshop for 4-5 year-olds aimed at developing musical ability through a variety of activities including singing, movement and simple percussion instruments.

10.15-10.45am: Music-making for children aged 6-8 

Leader: Catherine Evison

A fun 30-minute workshop for children aged 6-8 years developing musical ability through a variety of activities including singing, movement and simple percussion instruments, including an introduction to musical notation.

11-11.45am: Music workshop for adults 

Leader: Ellie Steemson

A fun, accessible 45-minute workshop for adults aimed at developing important musical skills such as pitch rhythm and beat through a variety of activities. Influenced by the Kodaly approach to understanding pitch and rhythm, this session is appropriate for anyone wishing to improve their musical abilities whether they have some previous musical experience or none at all.

12-12.30: Recorder workshop for children aged 9-11 years

Leader: Ellie Steemson

This workshop will introduce children aged 9-11 to the basics of playing the recorder, as well as important musical skills such as rhythm and beat. Using the brand new Nuvo Recorder+, they will learn simple tunes to play together as a group. More classes including flute, sax and clarinet will be following in 2020, so keep your eye on our website for more information.