Our Approach

Our Approach

Glasgow Children’s Music School aims to instil a love and enjoyment of music in every child. We teach using a progressive 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 Music School is inspired by the work of Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967), a Hungarian composer and music educator who developed a set of guiding principal’s for developing musical skills and teaching musical concepts beginning in young children. A passionate teacher, he believed that a child’s musical education should begin in the early years and that musicianship should be taught through singing games and rhymes that were age-appropriate, engaging and that captured the child’s imagination.

Parent and Child Classes

Our classes for babies, toddlers, young children and their parents/ carers incorporate singing, rhyming, percussion, circle games, movement, live music and creative play. The classes are designed to offer a fun, yet structured, introduction to music. Puppets, parachutes, balls, scarves and teddies are just some of the props used to stimulate and engage the children.

Babies and toddlers enjoy lots of songs, rhymes, and lullabies for gentle knee bouncing, rocking, swaying, cuddling and tickling. Older toddlers and children learn circle songs and partner games and enjoy plenty of movement based activities. All children are able to play and explore different percussion instruments within the class and experience live music. Group sizes are kept small to ensure that every child has the opportunity to actively participate and creatively contribute to the class.

Preschool and Primary 1 Musicianship

These classes build on what the children have already learnt in our parent and child groups although new children are always very welcome!

In addition to enjoying songs, rhymes and circle/ partner games (as well as some old favourites!) children are now also taught to read and write simple rhythmic notation and use solfa handsigns (do-re-mi etc) in preparation for learning a musical instrument.

Puppets, flash cards, whiteboards and a variety of hand held percussion are used to help develop children’s skills in singing, playing, reading and writing music.

These classes build on what the children have already learnt in our parent and child groups although new children are always very welcome!

In addition to enjoying songs, rhymes and circle/ partner games (as well as some old favourites!) children are now also taught to read and write simple rhythmic notation and use solfa handsigns (do-re-mi etc) in preparation for learning a musical instrument.

Puppets, flash cards, whiteboards and a variety of hand held percussion are used to help develop children’s skills in singing, playing, reading and writing music.

Instrumental Lessons

Children are welcome to start learninga musical instrument at around age 5-6 years although we welcome older beginners too!

We currently offer lessons in violin, piano, guitar, flute and whistle which is taught in small groups or individual or 1:2 lessons.

Small group lessons are a fun, sociable and low-cost way for young children to learn an instrument. An individual or shared lesson may be more suitable for some children and we are happy to advise on this.

Trial lessons are available on request.

As well as learning instrumental technique and how to read from a musical stave, children are also taught aural skills, simple improvisation and ensemble and performance skills. All children who learn with us have the opportunity to perform at concerts for friends and family twice a year. For pupils who wish to do so, there is the option to sit exams through ABRSM.

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🌈HOLIDAY LESSONS - We've had lots of parents getting in touch about lessons over the Easter/ Spring break which we are very happy to arrange for you! (online of course 😉) Please email Katie at info@thegcms.co.uk in the first instance to discuss. Thank you! 🎶🎻🎹🎸 ... See MoreSee Less

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A lovely video of our Monday preschoolers singing Jack in the Box with Tim in what turned out to be our last class of term a couple of weeks ago 😢 Please be reassured that myself and the team are working out a way to bring our Early Years classes online shortly too...Please comment below if that is of interest to you! 🎶 ... See MoreSee Less

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Some of our pupils playing a game of forbidden rhythm on their violins pre-lockdown!! Thankfully we can still enjoy these games through our online lessons! ☺ 🎻 ... See MoreSee Less

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We've just delivered our first online violin, piano and whistle lessons today. A couple of little hiccups but overall very good and it was so uplifting to see some of our young pupils again albeit via the computer! Well done all round and a huge thanks to everyone for sticking with us and making this work! 🎶 🎻 🎹 🖥 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

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