Free Group Music Lessons Kirkcaldy Sat 26th October

Fife Music School Open Morning – Free Group Music Lessons

Join us for a morning of music-making at Windmill Community Campus! We have a selection of free group music lessons, which will give you a taster of what to expect from the regular weekly classes we will be rolling out in 2020. You can also just pop in and say hello – we will be on hand to answer any questions and there will be some Nuvo instruments to try out including Recorder+, DooDs and TooTs.

All the classes below are free to attend and no instruments are required. However, places are limited so please make sure you sign up via:

http://www.fifemusicschool.com/open-mornings

Free Group Music Lessons:

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

A 30-minute music class for 4-5 year-olds. We encourage musical creativity through games, singing and movement.

10.15-10.45am: Workshop for children aged 6-8

A 30-minute music class for children aged 6-8 years. Encouraging musical creativity through games, singing and movement, including an introduction to musical notation.

11-11.45am: Music workshop for adults

A 45-minute music workshop for adults aimed at developing musical skills such as pitch, rhythm and beat. This session is open to anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of music whether they have some previous musical experience or none at all. Discover the well-being benefits of making music in a group using voice, movement and percussion instruments.

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

A 30-minute class introducing 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 as a group using simple tunes and games.

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About the Tutors:

Catherine Evison

Catherine is a saxophonist, composer and educator.  She studied saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she gained a first class honours degree and Masters with distinction.  She has performed with the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain, and the award-winning Quadrophonia Saxophone Quartet.

Catherine has a diverse range of experience as an educator.  She has lectured on music education at The Guildhall School and Trinity Laban and taught the saxophone at City University and Junior Guildhall.  She is the founder and Director of Mosaic Music Education Ltd; winners of the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise, The Amati Global Investors Award and Guildhall School Creative Entrepreneurship Award, where she creates music education resources for young instrumentalists and supports new teachers in their delivery.  She was Education Director for the 2012 World Saxophone Congress, and is currently Director of Music at St. Aubyn’s School in London where she works with children aged 3-13.

Ellie Steemson

Ellie first discovered her love of woodwind instruments after being given a recorder aged five, and began playing the saxophone a few years later. The clarinet and flute followed soon after, and she now enjoys a busy career playing and teaching based in Fife, Scotland.

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ellie has worked in a wide range of settings. She performs regularly with Workers Union Ensemble and the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble. As a freelancer she performs in a variety of bands for concerts and functions. Her musical theatre work has seen her perform throughout the UK. Shows Ellie has played in include the UK tours of Sister Act, Top Hat and Funny Girl.

With a diverse musical background including jazz and improvisation as well as classical performance, Ellie is a versatile musician with a wide range of skills. Recent performances include the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto with Tayside Symphony Orchestra, ‘Chicago’ at the summer season of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and the pantomime at the Glasgow King’s Theatre. She teaches at St Andrews University and Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools and runs Fife Music School and Fife Sax School.

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.