Brian Cope BMus (Hons)
Brian studied music at the University of Edinburgh. He is a composer, music educator and consultant with a particular interest in issues of inclusion in music education. He has worked as a Specialist Music Advisor to Creative Scotland and has travelled extensively as a music consultant for the international humanitarian organisation, War Child Holland where he worked on music projects in the Balkans, Caucasus and West Africa.
He worked for six years as the Artistic Director for Drake Music Scotland, an organisation that uses innovative music technology and teaching methods to enable disabled people to play and compose music independently.
His composition work spans a wide range of activities including film music, theatre and concert works. He is currently studying for a Ph.D in Musical Composition at the University of Edinburgh where he also teaches composition.
Some fun facts about Brian:
- The strangest food he's eaten is Ostrich burger
- If he was an animal he'd like to be a bear
- The next instrument he'd like to learn is the violin
- His favourite children's book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Brian teaches drums and percussion
- AlmaCo-founder/Saturday ManagerAlmaCo-founder/Saturday Manager
Alma co-founded the music school with husband Brian in 2005 and for the past 12 years, in addition to maintaining a full-time career, has dedicated her every Saturday morning to the smooth running of the school. Alma's sunny and engaging personality has helped foster a real sense of community in the music school, creating a safe and welcoming environment for children to thrive.
Alma is available in the main waiting area from 9.00am until 1.00pm and can help with all enquiries relating to music school matters.
A few fun facts about Alma:
- Alma is from Albania and is often mistaken for being Spanish
- 3 scoops of ice-cream: raspberry ripple, pistachio and Ferrero Rocher
- She loves to sing
- She speaks Abanian, English, Italian and French and will pretty much have a go at any language!
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Holly Carter BA (Hons)
Holly studied music at the University of York and then Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. During her career Holly has sung with many choirs including the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and the vocal quartet Dolcezza. She performs regularly in both solo and choral performances and weddings in the UK and abroad and has performed roles in Operas such as Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Cissy Woodger in Albert Herring.
Holly has worked with children since graduating in 2005. She has held positions such as a Kodàly Instructor in schools in Aberdeenshire and an Early Years Music Leader of baby and young children’s music groups and of music classes in nurseries. In addition, Holly has worked as an Assistant Director and Musicianship Instructor for the National Youth Choir of Scotland in several of their area choirs.
A few fun facts about Holly:
- If she was an animal she'd like to be a monkey.
- Her favourite children’s book is Angelina Ballerina.
- 3 scoops of ice cream: Salted Caramel, Cookie Dough and Turkish Delight!
- Her favourite day out in Edinburgh is walking her dog around Arthur’s Seat whilst making him do tricks with his frisby and then going to the Fudge Kitchen on the way home!!!
- Favourite performance: Singing with NYCoS and Christina Aguillera at the MTV awards or getting to eat lots of real cakes on stage whilst playing Cissy in Albert Herring!!!
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Michael Ready BMus MMus
After completing his undergraduate music degree at Edinburgh Napier University, Michael spent a few years teaching woodwind at Lamp House Music and Midlothian Council before moving to a Manchester to gain a Masters in flute performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has experience playing genres from classical to contemporary jazz and rock in bands, orchestras, pit bands and flute choirs.
As well as playing, teaching plays a huge part in Michael's career. He has taught one-on-one and in a group setting in schools across Edinburgh as well as privately. He has also helped in delivering community music sessions to youth groups.
Some fun facts about Michael:
- If I were an animal I would be a dog. Three meals a day and the hardest thing you have to do is go for a walk!
- If I didn't play the flute I would play the cello because it's just so beautiful!
- My favourite day out in Edinburgh is exploring all the charity shops I can find and then having lunch at Ting Thai Caravan.
- 3 scoops of ice cream: Belgian chocolate, cherry and hazelnut.
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Kirby Kelman BMus
Kirby earned a BMus from Northwestern University's School of Music in Chicago. Since graduating, she made her operatic debut at the inaugural Castleton Festival in 2009 under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel, where her portrayal of Flora in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw drew attention to her "colourful, secure singing.” Since moving to the UK, she has enjoyed a varied career, performing in prestigious venues throughout the country, including the Sheldonian in Oxford and the Foundling Museum in London.
Kirby is also committed to bringing music to wider audiences. She is active in outreach and education work and enjoys sharing her experience as a performer through her private teaching practice.
A few fun facts about Kirby:
- If I was an animal I'd like to be a cat - I'm a champion at sleeping!
- My favourite children's book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
- 3 scoops of ice cream: Chocolate Hazelnut, Pistachio and Amaretto (after several combo tests in Rome!).
- My favourite day out in Edinburgh is a run through the meadows, followed by stop into Bruntsfield's Chocolate Tree.
- Of all the countries I've visited so far, my favourite is Scotland - so much so that I now live here!
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Michael Saunders BMus (Hons)
Michael studied music at Edinburgh Napier University where he specialised in music research and analysis. He began his music studies on violin aged 6, taking up clarinet at age 9 which became his principal study. His other instruments are piano and voice. He has performed at notable venues such as Usher Hall, Edinburgh; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St. Giles’ Cathedral as well as appearing on two live shows of BBC Scotland’s The Jazz House. He has worked as a volunteer tutor with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s outreach project VIBE and has been involved in charity outreach project Tinderbox Collective as a performer and conductor. Michael is currently considering options for further study and looking to develop his teaching portfolio.
Some interesting facts about Michael:
- If Michael was an animal he would like to be a salamander because being able to regrow your limbs is pretty cool.
- His favourite children’s book is Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
- The next instrument he would like to learn is the double bass.
- If he were to have a superpower he would like to be able to travel in time and meet famous figures from history.
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Lindsay Anderson BMus (Hons), MMus, PG Dip (TQFE)
During her studies at Edinburgh Napier University and Birmingham Conservatoire, Lindsay specialised in percussion performance, focusing on the marimba. She has performed in a variety of orchestras and ensembles including the contemporary music group, Thallein Ensemble, based in Birmingham. Most recently, Lindsay has completed a Teaching Diploma in Further Education at Stirling University.
Lindsay has a broad portfolio of music teaching experience and is actively involved in introducing children to drums, percussion and world music in a variety of Edinburgh based in-school and after school groups and also within private lessons. She is currently the visiting music specialist at Edinburgh Montessori Arts School and visiting instructor of drum kit and percussion at the High School of Dundee.
A few fun facts about Lindsay:
- Favourite country visited so far: Cambodia.
- The next instrument she would like to learn is the bodrhan.
- If she was an animal she would be a monkey.
- Her favourite colour is green.
Lindsay teaches drums
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Mike Parr-Burman BMus MSc
Mike is a guitarist and electronic musician based in Glasgow. He graduated with a BMus in guitar performance and electronic composition from Newcastle University in 2014. He then went on to do an MSc in Sound Design at Edinburgh College of Art in 2016 and has experience in a wide range of styles including experimental, rock, jazz, classical and folk.
He performs regularly with his trio Taupe and the Glasgow Improviser’s Orchestra and regularly collaborates with other musicians and dancers.
Mike has been teaching guitar for over 10 years to all ages, backgrounds and aspirations, and
also holds a guitar teaching position with Glasgow City Council.
A few interesting facts about Mike
- If he could be any animal he would be an owl. If that’s not possible he would like to be an octopus please.
- The next instrument he would like to learn is the double bass.
- His favourite country he has visited is Germany.
- His favourite food is falafel.
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Clare Cushing AGSM
Clare studied oboe and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After a post-graduate year of orchestral studies she took up the position of Assistant Principal oboe in the SNO. She remained in this position until 2003, when two young boys and a yearning to be more involved in music education meant she decided to venture into the free-lance world. She is currently involved in a range of educational work with NYOS and is a staff member of the NYCOS Stirling children's choir as well as a NYCOS mini music maker group leader. She also works with the whole range of primary aged children through Stirling Council's YMI-funded Kodaly programme.
Some fun facts about Clare:
- If she was an animal she'd like to be a tortoise
- Her favourite day out in Edinburgh is a walk along Portobello beach
- She started to play the oboe when she was 11
- Her favourite children's book is The Star That Fell
Clare teaches Preschool Creative Music Classes
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Dominique Boeynaems BMus MMus
Dominique started his practice of the classical guitar at the age of 8. After several years of private lessons, he attended De! Kunsthumaniora, high school for the arts in Antwerp, Belgium, where he graduated with distinction. In 2017, he completed his undergrad at the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent in guitar performance, where he studied with Johan Fostier and Yves Storms. He recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he received classes with Scottish guitarist Matthew McAllister.
Dominique is very passionate about teaching guitar and music in general to the next generation. He also enjoys being involved in chamber music as well as working with other musicians, and is always looking towards new projects to take on. One project that Dominique is currently leading is the second season of the Glasgow Guitar Nights, giving a stage to young and upcoming guitarists.
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Lydia Jones BMus (Hons)
Lydia began playing piano at the age of three and began teaching at the age of 15, having completed all grades within the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Lydia graduated in 2015 from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth with a BA (Hons) in music where she was classically trained to a concert level. Here, she was avidly involved in the Maynooth University Choir and performed for former president Mary McAleese during her time in the choir. She has also accompanied many ensembles as well as performing solo for the University lunch time concerts herself. As well as playing piano, she has also played saxophone with multiple jazz ensembles around both London and Ireland. Most recently Lydia has began her Masters in music therapy in Queen Margaret University and is hoping to continue on the excellence of music therapy practice and research in Scotland.
Lydia has many years teaching not just piano but music. She has taught at mainly primary level to a multitude of abilities both privately, within a classroom environment as well as intervention for students with different disabilities and issues. She strongly believes that anyone can play the piano and most importantly it can be both fun as well as a relaxation and therapy in its own right.
Some fun facts about Lydia:
- If she had any super power it would be the ability to turn any situation into a musical on the spot.
- The next instrument she'd like to learn is the sitar.
- She has never ever gotten a brain freeze! (She can eat ice cream and drink milkshakes super fast because of it)
- The strangest food she has ever eaten is a double bacon cheese burger that was both dairy and meat free!
Lydia teaches piano
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Eric Thomas BMus (Hons) MMus
Eric is a lutenist based in Edinburgh. He studied music at Edinburgh University, dividing his time between performance, composition and musicology, and gained a BMus (Hons) degree. He went on to pursue his interest in early music, completing an MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice, with the aid of a Carnegie-Cameron postgraduate bursary, jointly at The University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland, under the supervision of John Butt, receiving lute tuition from Jamie Akers.
Eric continued his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, studying lute and theorbo with Fred Jacobs, and also attended the Urbino Early Music Festival to study with Paul O’Dette and Dartington International Summer School for lessons with David Miller. Eric is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Elizabeth Kenny and Laurie Stras, being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship to research the role of improvisation in early 16th century Italian lute music.
Eric has played with the Kellie Consort, and has appeared in concert with Dame Emma Kirkby, as well appearing regularly with recorder player Annemarie Klein as part of Musica Mundana. This year Eric was selected to be apart of the Britten-Pears baroque orchestra conducted by Christian Curnyn. Eric is also a committed guitar teacher and enjoys teaching pupils of all ages!
Some fun facts about Eric:
- The next instrument he would like to learn is the oud.
- If he was an animal he would be a tortoise.
- His favourite food is curry.
- His favourite country visited so far is the Netherlands.
Eric teaches guitar
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Georgina MacDonell Finlayson BMus (Hons)
Currently in her final year studying music at the University of Edinburgh, Georgina is a highly experienced classical violinist, fiddler player and teacher. She is actively involved in the musical life and many of the ensembles at the university, while also maintaining a mixture of freelance engagements teaching and performing both traditional and classical music. Since starting violin lessons aged 7 with a strong passion to perform, her musical journey has been diverse and rewarding. Her experiences playing with orchestras across Scotland have included a tour to China in 2015 and an appearance at the BBC Proms in 2016, both with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
With over 3 years of experience in private instrumental teaching, Georgina finds such great pleasure in sharing her love of music and inspiring young musicians at the start of their musical journey. Georgina has also worked as an orchestral assistant for Angus Council’s Instrumental Service and has experience assisting arts workshops in many different forms and contexts. When she’s not playing music, you’ll probably find her hiking up a hill.
Some fun facts about Georgina
- She also plays piano and a West African instrument called an m’bira, but if she could learn another instrument it would be clarinet or clarsach.
- The craziest place she has done a concert is in a swimming pool (and also the veg aisles of multiple Tesco supermarkets!).
- As a child she dreamt of becoming a prima ballerina like Darcey Bussell.
- One of her favourite children’s books is Mrs Pepperpot and one of her favourite films is Swallows and Amazons.
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Ben Collard BA(Hons)
Ben graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Popular music, with a focus on performance. Since graduating Ben has spent the majority of his time behind the kit in some capacity, whether in a live performance setting, recording sessions, and of course teaching.
Ben has been a working musician since he was a teenager, playing regular gigs and live shows all the way through high school and university. He has continued to do so regularly and now performs with many different bands in many different settings - rock; jazz; funk; electro; hip-hop and even orchestral.
Ben has had three years of one-on-one instrumental teaching experience at Edinburgh Napier’s junior music school, as well as group tutoring/mentoring experience with the Tinderbox Orchestra.
A few interesting thing about Ben:
- If I were an animal I’d be: any exotic sea animal. Maybe a sea turtle.
- The next instrument I’d like to learn would be: Piano. Or bass guitar. Or saxophone. I am indecisive.
- Favourite colour is green.
- Superpower: To fly and/or breathe underwater.
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Louise Martin MMus, PGCE, BA (Hons)
Louise spent eight years as a secondary school music teacher before running away with the circus, where she branched out from classical cello and piano into rock, punk, ska, country, theremin, musical saw and stilt-walking. Following postgraduate MMus study in Ethnomusicology, and Music in the Community, she settled back in Edinburgh.
She now works as a freelance musician in a variety of contexts: she leads creative music projects for organisations such as East Lothian and Highland Councils, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble; has taught Music in the Community at Edinburgh University and Napier University; has organised education work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; works with adult amateur musicians as Musical Director of the Merchant Sinfonia (Glasgow) and Stockbridge and New Town Community Orchestra (Edinburgh); and in 2015 was appointed Director of Access, Engagement and Participation with the exciting contemporary group Red Note Ensemble.
A few fun facts about Louise:
- If she was an animal she'd like to be a Friesian cow – just mosey-ing along, grazing all day. Mmmmoooooo!
- Her favourite day out in Edinburgh a walk along the River Almond walkway, ending up at the ice-cream van at Cramond harbour
- 3 scoops of ice-cream: Belgian chocolate, blackcurrant sorbet, raspberry sorbet
- She started to play the Recorder when she was 8
Piano when she was 9
Violin when she was 10
Cello when she was 11
Musical Saw when she was old enough to know better!
Louise teaches Primary 2 Creative Music, String Group and Adult Singing Group
- KatriMusicianship TeacherKatriMusicianship Teacher
Katri started her music studies in her home town of Rovaniemi, Finland at the Music Academy of Lapland. She has continued to study music through her life and completed her Kodaly and Colourstrings Training through Colourstrings and the Szilvay Foundation in Galway, Ireland. She has also taken courses Child Psychology and Education through the University of Jyväskylä and Jyväskylä Educational Consortium in Finland. She is currently completing her BA(Hons) at Edinburgh Napier University where her main study is voice.
Katri sings and plays in numerous groups and has been performing rock, world & traditional music and jazz around Scandinavia, Ireland and Scotland for over 10 years. She continues to write, record and perform as much as she can.
2010-2015 Katri worked in Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe Music School in Galway, Ireland teaching Colourstings and Musicianship classes, as well as teaching and co-writing a Kodaly based syllabus for music education in local primary schools. She has also been teaching private students voice, flute and piano for many years.
A few fun facts about Katri:
- If she could have any superpower it would be Telekinesis!
- The next instrument she'd like to learn is the cello.
- Her favourite children's book is: His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.
- 3 scoops of ice cream: Licorice, Pistachio and Irish Cream.
- If she was an animal she would like to be a bat as she'd get both echolocation and be able to fly!
Katri teaches musicianship and choir
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Heather Glasspool BA (Hons) PPRNCM
Heather studied music at Durham University and Vocal Studies at The Royal Northern College of Music. She has sung professionally as a soloist throughout Britain and with the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and Opera North Choruses. Heather ran a busy teaching practise in North London for many years. She moved to Edinburgh in 2006 where she trained in the Kodály method with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and became a member of teaching staff for the Edinburgh Area Choir later that year. She teaches privately and works on vocal projects in schools with Edinburgh council.
Some fun facts about Heather:
- Three scoops of ice cream: chocolate, butterscotch and vanilla.
- If she was an animal she'd like to be a sea otter.
- Favourite children's books: the Hairy Maclary and Friends series by Linley Dodd.
- Favourite day out in Edinburgh: a trip to the Botanical Gardens, looking at the amazing plants in the glass houses and then going into cafe for a treat.
- Strangest food she has eaten is snails.
Heather teaches Primary 1 Creative Music
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Beatrix started learning the clarinet at the age of 10 after seeing a concert band perform at school. She was so smitten with the band that she asked the principal clarinettist of that very same band to teach her and started playing with it six months after commencing her clarinet studies. She enjoys playing with concert bands because of the various repertoire in the Maltese summer festas. Some of her favourite pieces are Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave, Bellini’s Norma and Jacob de Haan’s La Storia. She also contributes to the band by teaching woodwind.
She holds an ALCM in clarinet performance, DipLCM in piano performance and Grade 8 in music theory. She is currently a third-year principal study clarinettist at Edinburgh Napier University where she was awarded the Ian Tomlin Scholarship, as well as the Malta Arts Scholarship. After completing her BMus (Hons) undergraduate degree, she plans to continue furthering her musical studies. She hopes to have a balanced career involving both teaching and performing.
Some fun facts about Beatrix:
- She absolutely adores her two dogs and spoils them rotten! One is a springer spaniel called Spiru and the other is a pugchi called Hess.
- Her favourite exhibit at the Edinburgh RZSS zoo is the otter exhibit.
- Her favourite attraction in Edinburgh is the animal exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland.
- If she had to have a superpower, it would be to talk to animals.
- She is obsessed with peanut butter and tries to include in all her smoothies.
- CatherineClassroom AssistantCatherineClassroom Assistant
Catherine has been helping at the music school since 2015 and has been part of the school as a student since she was 6. Music is one of her great passions and she enjoys sharing this with the children she assists at the music school. She has been playing music since she had her first violin at the age of three. She then moved on to play the drums, piano and clarinet. After her last year of school, she will be studying Media and Culture at Utrecht University in Holland and whilst being away intends to uphold her love for music in bands and orchestras.
Some fun facts about Catherine:
- Her favourite children's books are Charlie and Lola.
- If she were an animal she would like to be an owl.
- Her favourite three scoops of ice-cream are vanilla, hazelnut and mango.
- The next instrument she would like to learn is the trombone.
- If she had a super power, she would be a shape shifter.
- JodieClassroom AssistantJodieClassroom AssistantJodie Williams
After studying drums at Portobello Music School and bass guitar at high school, Jodie developed an interest in playing music in a band setting. During her last year of high school, she joined the Edinburgh Schools Rock Ensemble and the Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra. Joining the Edinburgh Schools Rock Ensemble allowed her to play in a band setting, where she played drums with a group of amazing musicians from around Edinburgh. Whilst working with the Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra, she played in a big band setting which was new to her and helped her learn a very different skill set from what she had done previously. Also during her last year of high school, she was fortunate enough to be able to attend Junior Napier where she had the opportunity to learn music theory, which she hadn’t overly focused on in the past, as well as her skills in and the importance of singing and playing music in groups.
Since 2016, she has worked with children in a music setting. She was a teaching assistant for Louise Martin in the Primary 2 music class at Portobello Music School from 2016 to 2018. After starting Junior Napier, she was unable to be at the music school on Saturdays so finished working there and began working as Lindsay Anderson’s teaching assistant for Rockschool, the Bruntsfield after school club.
Jodie is am currently studying music at Edinburgh Napier UniversityA few fun facts about Jodie:
- If she was an animal she'd like to be a meerkat.
- The next instrument she would like to learn is the trumpet.
- If she had a superpower it would be teleportation.
- Three scoops of ice cream: cookie dough, coconut and chocolate fudge.
- CarmenClassroom AssistantCarmenClassroom Assistant
Carmen has been a student at music school for a number of years where she studies flute and music theory. She has played in the Concert Band and taken in part in The Edinburgh Competition Festival for a number of years. She has been working at the music school for the past year helping our younger students with their musicianship and music theory.
A few fun facts about Carmen:
- If she was an animal she'd like to be a tiger
- Her favourite children’s book is Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
- 3 scoops of ice cream: mint choc chip, coconut and vanilla
- The next instrument she would like to learn is guitar
- If she had a superpower it would be flying
- AilsaClassroom AssistantAilsaClassroom Assistant
I started playing violin at Portobello Music School when I was 7 years old. I am still playing, and am now working towards my Grade 6 exam. I have also started playing trumpet at school, and more recently piano at Portobello Music School. I enjoy playing in music groups, and played in String Quartet. I now play violin in Edinburgh Secondary School's orchestra. My favourite style of music to play is folk, and I am thinking of becoming a music teacher in the future.
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