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Glasgow Childrens Music School - Our Approach

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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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.

Well done everyone! 🎶👏
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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 🐻 🎶

See you all next week! 😃
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