Welcome to Aberdeen City Music School
MasterClass - Closed Weekend
At the recent Closed Weekend our vocal students were trated to a wonderful masterclass with Jane Irwin from the Royal Nothern College of Music.
Jane spent time with each pupil, listening and watching them perform, and gave them wonderful feedback and coaching tips.
We all - pupils and staff - learned so much from her visit.
In December this year ACMS took to the road again to visit a number of Primaries in Aberdeen City. Our aims in performing for the pupils were to entertain them, to inform them about ACMS, and to encourage them to dream that perhaps one day they could be at a specialist music school.
The feedback was amazing.
"well done to your musicians, they were fabulous"
"I hope if I make it to music school I will be as good as you"
"well done to eveyone. My favourite was the guitar. She picked a good song"
"your visit made me so happy"
"your pupils lightened up my day, you were all wonderful"
"when are you coming back?"
"I have never heard of a clarsach before - it was the best one there"
"my class absolutley LOVED the performance - they were talking about it all day!"
On the first Closed Weekend of the year we welcomed composer Pete Stollery to run two workshops on composition. The S1-3 pupils were tasked with composing a short piece for their own instrument in ABA form. They did a great job and some of the pieces were outstanding. The S4-6 also used their own instruments and composed this piece – please have a listen
A huge thank you to Peter for his inspiration and guidance.
Player of the Year
Our annual Player of the Year competition took place at the end of the June, competition was fierce, everyone played exceptionally well, and the judges had very hard decisions to make.
In the end the results were:
Junior Winner - Lewis Gault (cello)
Runner-Up - Olivia Joby (voice)
Senior Winner - Jodie Beaton (voice)
Runner-Up - Julia Dempsey (percussion)
Well done to everyone who took part
Summer Concert at Queen's Cross Church
Annual Concert February 2022
Let me introduce myself, my name is Sonia Scaife and I am the Director of Aberdeen City Music School, a centre of musical excellence based at Dyce Academy. I was previously the Head of Music and Expressive Arts here at Dyce, and have taught in many schools across the North East.
The aim of this specialist music school is to allow talented musicians from all over Scotland to continue their general education whilst receiving expert tuition and additional time for music study.