Creative music classes

Children can join our Creative Music Classes at any stage from birth to Primary 2 age. These preparatory music classes take children on a musical journey through all the key stages of their musical development with the ultimate aim of preparing them for our group instrumental classes which are offered when children reach Primary 3.

There are many classes to choose from ranging from:

  • Baby and Toddler: birth to 3 years
    (Tuesday mornings in Musselburgh and Friday mornings in Portobello)
  • Preschool: 3 to 5 years (Saturday)
  • Primary 1 and Primary 2 (Saturday)

Once children reach Primary 3 they can choose to learn violin, cello, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, drums/percussion or singing.

 

Creative Music classes at Portobello Music School

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Creative Music Class: babies and toddlers
(birth to 3 years)

Tuesday and Friday mornings

Babies are never too young to begin learning through music. Research has shown that exposure to music education from an early age positively impacts upon a child’s cognitive, physical and emotional development. In our classes, children take part in weekly, themed musical adventures using well known nursery rhymes alongside new material for you and your child to enjoy. We use lots of props and instruments to make the adventures fun, colourful and engaging.

Our baby and toddler classes focus on experiencing a beat, listening to songs and sounds, sensory touch, movement, interacting with other children and building confidence and relationships. They also have the opportunity to listen to a variety of different musical instruments, such as the flute or ukulele, played live as part of the class.

As the children develop, we introduce songs and games which help with the acquisition of language, numbers and colours, and the development of fine motor skills. They will also be introduced to musical concepts such as high and low pitch, rhythm-clapping and musical terms such as Allegro, Lento, Forte and Piano. Watch as your child begins to recognise certain songs and rhymes and eventually join in with the actions and words by themselves. You may even be serenaded on the way home!

These classes are the start of your child's musical journey and progress naturally into the creative music classes at Preschool, P1 and P2 level. From this beginning, instrumental lessons follow in P3.

Meet your teacher Holly and enrol now for Tuesday classes in Musselburgh or Friday classes in Portobello.

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Creative Music classes at Portobello Music School

Creative Music Class: Pre-school (2 years)

Saturday

These classes engage children’s natural enthusiasm for exploring and playing with sound. The main aim is to create a fun atmosphere and positive association with participating in music games and exploring simple musical instruments. Using rhymes, songs and music games and activities, the building blocks of music - rhythm, pulse and singing - will be developed throughout the year.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to join in the sessions for the first few weeks until their child feels suitably settled in.

Preschool 1 is for children starting P1 in August 2017.
Preschool 2 is for children starting P1 in August 2016.

Meet you teacher Clare and check availability for Saturday.

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Creative Music classes at Portobello Music School

Creative Music Class: Primary 1

Saturday

These classes will include participating in music games and activities aimed at developing motor skills with simple musical instruments. The building blocks of music - rhythm, pulse and singing - will be further developed during the year. There will also be plenty of opportunities for creative music making using simple musical structures and stories. Simple music notation and concepts will also be introduced.

Meet your teacher Heather and check availability for Saturday.

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Creative Music classes at Portobello Music School

Creative Music Class: Primary 2

Saturday

In these classes we will continue to develop basic musical skills in pitch, rhythm and dynamics. Using musical games, songs from all over the world and taking inspiration from many styles of music, children will have direct involvement in making and creating music. Using voice and an array of percussion instruments is part of every session, working individually, in pairs or as part of the group. Children will continue to develop listening skills and performing skills with the instruments available, as well as being encouraged to explore creative possibilities.

As children reach this stage in their musical development it is important that we are sensitive to their musical preferences as they are almost ready to begin learning a musical instrument. This class will introduce the children to an array of musical instruments including all the instruments available in Primary 3. We will be able to advise on the next stage of your child’s musical development.

Meet your teacher Louise, and check availability for Saturday.

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