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Glasgow Children's Music School in the West-End & Milngavie - About Us

About Us

About Us

Glasgow Children’s Music School (formally First Steps to Music) is an award-winning Children’s Music School 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 lessons on a range of instruments for children.

We teach using a progressive, Kodaly inspired music curriculum and offer a fun and inclusive learning environment where each child is supported to achieve his or her own musical potential.

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. All tutors are PVG scheme registered.

Meet the team

Katie Hepburn, Founder and Director

Katie graduated with a BA honours degree in Applied Music from the University of Strathclyde in 2003 where she studied violin and specialised in community teaching. She spent a year working in a preschool before returning to study a Masters of Music at the University of Newcastle where she graduated with distinction in 2005.

Since then Katie has enjoyed a varied freelance career teaching music and violin in early years settings and primary schools. She has taught and led projects for the National Youth Choirs of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Reel Kids Music Club and Scottish Book Trust and was a Music Producer for the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for over 10 years.

In 2013 she spotted a gap in the market for children’s music classes that were fun and engaging for both children and parents/ carers alike yet didn’t compromise on high musical standards. She started with just three classes and now Glasgow Children’s Music School offers over 30 classes a week for babies, toddlers and children including children’s instrumental lessons and the business is growing all the time!

She regularly attends training workshops, events and courses to develop her skills and teaching practise. When she isn’t working, Katie enjoys running and being a mum to her three children.

Katie Hepburn, Founder and Director

Katie graduated with a BA honours degree in Applied Music from the University of Strathclyde in 2003 where she studied violin and specialised in community teaching. She spent a year working in a preschool before returning to study a Masters of Music at the University of Newcastle where she graduated with distinction in 2005.

Since then Katie has enjoyed a varied freelance career teaching music and violin in early years settings and primary schools. She has taught and led projects for the National Youth Choirs of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Reel Kids Music Club and Scottish Book Trust and was a Music Producer for the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for over 10 years.

In 2013 she spotted a gap in the market for children’s music classes that were fun and engaging for both children and parents/ carers alike yet didn’t compromise on high musical standards. She started with just three classes and now offers over 30 classes a week for babies, toddlers and children including children’s instrumental lessons and the business is growing all the time!

She regularly attends training workshops, events and courses to develop her skills and teaching practise. When she isn’t working, Katie enjoys running and being a mum to her three children.

Celine Donoghue – Violin

Celine graduated with a BA honours degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2005 (now Royal Conservatoire Scotland) where she studied fiddle and tenor banjo. Since graduating, Celine has tutored for a number of organisations including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Celtic Connections, Glasgow Concert Halls, Feisean nan Gaidheal and National Youth Choirs of Scotland. A very experienced music tutor, Celine currently works for a number of different organisations including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as well as performing in concerts and other events throughout the country. She is also a busy mum to her three young children.

Tim Philips – Piano

Tim graduated from Goldsmiths University of London with a first-class honours degree in music in 2011. He teaches piano and clarinet as well as musicianship in many primary and nursery schools across Glasgow. Tim enjoys teaching younger beginners in a fun and creative way that incorporates Kodaly principals and develops well-rounded musical skills.

In his spare time Tim enjoys reading non-fiction and exploring the Scottish countryside.

Tim Philips – Piano

Tim graduated from Goldsmiths University of London with a first-class honours degree in music in 2011. He teaches piano and clarinet as well as musicianship in many primary and nursery schools across Glasgow. Tim enjoys teaching younger beginners in a fun and creative way that incorporates Kodaly principals and develops well-rounded musical skills.

In his spare time Tim enjoys reading non-fiction and exploring the Scottish countryside.

Dorothy Walker – Early Years and Musicianship

Dorothy was a nurse and midwife for over 30 years but has always had a passion for music as a singer and piano player. She completed the Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Certificate in 2015 and level 1 and 2 Kodaly Musicianship Accreditations from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland in 2015 and 2017 respectively and now enjoys a busy freelance career teaching music in nurseries and other early years’ settings and with the National Youth Choirs of Scotland.

When she isn’t working Dorothy likes keeping fit running and skiing and is also a mum to her two children.

Ross Wilson – Guitar

Ross graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters of Arts and a first-class honours degree in music in 2011. He has worked as a guitar and musicianship tutor for various organisations including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Reel Kids Music Club and National Youth Choirs of Scotland. Ross believes music has profound benefits for all children and young people.

In his spare time he enjoys reading and yoga

Ross Wilson – Guitar

Ross graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters of Arts and a first-class honours degree in music in 2011. He has worked as a guitar and musicianship tutor for various organisations including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Reel Kids Music Club and National Youth Choirs of Scotland. Ross believes music has profound benefits for all children and young people.

In his spare time he enjoys reading and yoga

Hannah Lee – Flute/ Whistle/ Piano

Hannah graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016 with a BA honours degree in music. Hannah teaches flute, whistle and piano for a number of organisations as well as performing with various ensembles and projects including Reel Kids Music, Glad Foundation and the Riverside Music College. She is also the musical director for Hear Me See Me Choir. A passionate music educator, Hannah regularly attends different training workshops summer schools and events to develop her teaching practise.

In her free time Hannah loves to Tango!

Emily Norris – Piano

Emily completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours and Master of Music (Vocal Studies) degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in July 2019. She has several years of experience teaching students of all ages and stages both privately and in the classroom.

She has worked with organisations including the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Reel Kids Music Club as a musicianship tutor and choral director.

Emily is passionate about making learning fun and instilling a life-long love of music in her students by incorporating interactive games, movement and singing into her lessons.

Emily Norris – Piano

Emily completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours and Master of Music (Vocal Studies) degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in July 2019. She has several years of experience teaching students of all ages and stages both privately and in the classroom.

She has worked with organisations including the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Reel Kids Music Club as a musicianship tutor and choral director.

Emily is passionate about making learning fun and instilling a life-long love of music in her students by incorporating interactive games, movement and singing into her lessons.

Erin McGonigle – Violin

Erin graduated from Edinburgh University in 2017 with an honours degree in music and has been teaching musicianship and violin ever since. She is a tutor with Reel Kids Music and also works for Big Noise Govanhill, an El Sistema Project.

In her spare time she plays with Tinderbox Orchestra and enjoys running and salsa dancing.

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The children in our 4 year old class have been learning about ta and te-te (crotchet and paired quaver) rhythms through the story of mummy and baby bear and the apple tree. Aran drew a lovely picture of mummy bears (crotchet) steps complete with apple tree. Well done Aran 👏 🐻 🍎 🌳 🎶 ... See MoreSee Less

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I am delighted to be sending these Summer 2020 Practice-A-Thon participation certificates out in the post today! If your child took part in the challenge and you haven't yet sent me your details please do so.

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A huge massive congratulations to all our instrumental pupils who participated in our 2020 Summer Practice-a-Thon this year! We are so proud of you all!! You have practiced for an unbelievable 6629 minutes and raised £381 for the #glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity👏🤩 An outstanding achievement everyone! 🎻🎹🎸 ... See MoreSee Less

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What a lovely start to our new term! It was wonderful to be back singing and music making with you all again. Our toddlers enjoyed lots of knee bounce songs, rhymes and games and our 3+4 year old went on an adventure to Musicland where they met 3 very musical bears 🐻 🎶

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