Play – Learn – Perform

Our Classes

We offer a range of classes & lessons from Parent & Child classes, Preschool classes, Primary 1 Musicianship Classes as well as instrumental lessons for children.

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Our classes & lessons are held in both the West End & Milngavie. It is possible to join a class at any time provided there is space. Spaces are limited, early booking is advisable.

Play. Learn. Perform

Our Classes

We offer a range of classes & lessons from Parent & Child classes, Preschool classes, Primary 1 Musicianship Classes and 1:1 or 1:2 Violin and Piano Lessons.

Book Online

Our classes & lessons are held in both the West End & Milngavie. It is possible to join a class at any time provided there is space. Spaces are limited, early booking is advisable.

About Us

Award-winning Glasgow Children’s Music School is based in the West End of Glasgow and Milngavie. We offer early years’ parent and child classes, musicianship classes for preschool aged children and children in Primary 1, as well as small group, 1:1 and 1:2 instrumental lessons for children.

All our Music Tutors are highly trained professional musicians who have many years experience teaching children and young beginners. We are a learning destination with the Children’s University Glasgow in partnership with the University of Strathclyde which recognises our Music School as a provider of high-quality musical instruction.

Our Approach

We aim to instil a love and enjoyment of music in every child. We teach using a progressive Kodaly inspired curriculum and offer a fun and inclusive learning environment where each child is supported to achieve their own musical potential. Starting in our early years classes for babies and toddlers through to learning a musical instrument, our classes and lessons help your child develop a range of musical and other skills including pulse, rhythm and pitch, listening, coordination, language and literacy as well as boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Our News

Come and Try Day – Saturday 4th January

Bookings for our next Come and Try Instrument Day on Saturday 4th January at Wellington Church are now open! Suitable for Primary aged children, this is the ideal opportunity to receive an introductory lesson on Violin, Piano, Guitar, Flute or...

Christmas Concert 2019

We are looking forward to our annual Christmas concert this Saturday, 7th December, featuring our very talented young instrumentalists. Check out our Facebook page for photo's and video's after the event.

Come and try guitar for children

We are so excited to welcome the absolutely fantastic Ross Wilson to our teaching team. Ross will be teaching children’s guitar lessons on Tuesday evenings at Russell House, Glasgow West End. Bookings for our Come and Try Guitar Day on the 22nd...

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t my child start an instrument at a younger age?

The Preschool and Primary 1 classes are designed to prepare children for learning an instrument. Children in these classes enjoy songs, rhymes and games that develop their musical reading and writing skills, their intonation and pitching, fine motor skills and finger dexterity which assist them greatly ahead of learning a musical instrument. Children who enjoy singing games and rhymes before starting an instrument usually find the transition much easier than those who have not. Once receiving...

I feel nervous about singing. Do I have to join in?

Many adults feel anxious about singing so if this is you, you are certainly not alone! Everyone, adults and children alike are gently encouraged to join in with the activities in their own time, there is no pressure to join in before you or your child are ready. Do remember however that a young child enjoys the sound of his parents/ carers voice above all others no matter how you rate yourself singing wise! Children are also great imitators, by joining in yourself you will be encouraging your...

My child won’t sit still! What should I do?

We aim to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment. If your child isn't settling straight away try not to worry. By joining in with the activities yourself you will be encouraging your child to do the same. Each week follows a similar structure so that the children quickly learn what to expect from the class. We also understand that there will inevitably be days when children may be feeling a little over-excited, tired or anxious. It can help to ensure that you arrive at the...
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What Our Families are Saying

Emma, mum to Morgan

“Our daughter has been learning violin for the past two years. She loves her teachers, the lessons and really enjoys learning as part of a small group. She can play by ear and by sight and has a really good grounding in the rudiments of music. As parents we are very impressed! The group concerts are a lovely occasion at which we get to hear her play”

Jane, mum to Marnie

“We love our First Steps to Music class! It’s different than other classes we’ve been to…much wider range of songs and activities and the best bit is when Katie plays her violin and the kids are just mesmerised by it – it’s amazing to watch how much it captures their attention. The parents seem to enjoy the class just as much as the children and there’s a really friendly and fun atmosphere. Professional but reasonably priced compared to other options”

Lynn, mum to Arya and Arthur

“The class is really fun for them, but at the same time you can almost see them learning! Classes are quite small and as far as I can tell the people who start the class (including ourselves) tend to keep going for a long time. I think that pretty much says everything!”

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Many thanks to Rachael for sending me this lovely picture of Ruairidh enjoying Saturday's 1 year old class! I'm so pleased you are enjoying the class Ruairidh! 😍🎻 ... See MoreSee Less

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Ready for tomorrow's early years classes! I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and music making with you all tomorrow morning. We still have a handful of spaces left in our Summer classes for 1-5 year olds so please get in touch if you'd like to try a class! 🎶 🐻 ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Hailey! Sounding great, keep practicing!! 👏 🎻 ... See MoreSee Less

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It's the end of the first week of our practice-a-thon for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. I hope everyone has managed to get some playing done?! Here's Fiamma working hard practising her violin for her family in Italy where she is currently staying. Well done Fiamma and what a beautiful setting! 👏 🎻

Please keep sending us your pictures and videos!
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Glasgow Children's Music School

🎶🎵Term 3 is now finished (and our Summer lessons and classes have started, hooray!)

A massive well done and thank you to all our GCMS children and families this year and an extra special well done to our young people this term. They have show remarkable resilience throughout lockdown and risen to the challenge of online learning. Shown dedication to their musical studies and made excellent progress all round. Myself and the rest of the tutors could not be prouder of you all! Truly inspiring! 👏

We look forward to seeing everyone again in August for another year of music making together. Have a wonderful Summer! 🤩
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