Saxophone Orchestra and music courses
We offer instrumental music programmes and courses funded by the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) through Creative Scotland:
The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) funds the Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra ensemble. You can join the saxophone orchestra if you play the saxophone and are a primary or secondary school pupil. We have members of approximately grade three level right up to advanced players.
Membership is free. Sessions normally take place on Sundays 10am to 4pm at Inverurie Academy.
You should make your own way to monthly rehearsals but we may be able to provide transport in some circumstances.
We perform in concerts several times a year. Musical Director Richard Ingham leads the concerts. You can contact the Instrumental Music Service Coordinator or speak to your instrumental instructor about taking part.
How to enrol
To enrol in the Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra complete the Saxophone Orchestra enrolment form (pdf 40KB).
We also offer other YMI music education projects to ensure that all school children have access to free music tuition for one year by the time they reach p6:
- Kodaly Singing and Musicianship Programme
- YMI Whole Class Music Courses
- Class Teacher CPD
- ABC On-Line
- Saxophone Orchestra Plus
We make every effort to organise our courses in a way that is fair but not all projects are available in all networks.
View our video introducing our projects.
We offer the Kodaly Singing and Musicianship programme to all Aberdeenshire Primary Schools. The target year group for the project is P1 to P4, however some schools include nursery and pupils in P5 to P7.
Our instrumental instructors deliver our YMI Whole Class Music courses. The target year group for the courses is P3 to P7.
|Course||Description||Target year group|
|Fife project||A 12 week project working with the Fyfe (a small woodwind instrument)||P4 to P5 (we may also include P6/7 in composite classes)|
|Chalumeau||A project working with the Chalumeau (a small woodwind instrument)|
|Guitar or Ukulele||We deliver Guitar or Ukulele classes to whole classes (in some instances, we may divide classes into smaller groups for effective delivery of the project)||P4 to P5 (we may also include P6/7 in composite classes)|
|Violin||We deliver Violin classes to whole classes (in some instances, we may divide classes into smaller groups for effective delivery of the project)||P3 to P7|
|Music Technology using iPad||In 2012, we introduced Music Technology using the iPad and GarageBand software. We use iPads to deliver the project to whole classes||P4 to P5 (we may also include P6/7 in composite classes)|
|Chanter||An experienced Bagpipe and Chanter Tutor delivers Chanter lessons as part of the project called “The Bagpipe Experience” (lessons include Chanter tuition to whole classes as well as other aspects of Scottish Traditional Music)|
|Composition or Soundbeam||Soundbeam is a piece of music technology that we use extensively in Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools. We use Soundbeam 5 to deliver this composition project culminating in a full performance of pieces and songs that pupils compose themselves||P1 to P5 (we may also include P6/7 in composite classes)|
|Djembe||We deliver a project working with the Djembe (African drum) to whole classes or groups depending on the instructor (class teachers may be trained to lead Djembe classes)||P4 to P5 (we may also include P6/7 in composite classes)|
|Samba||We will form Samba bands class by class and teach pupils how to produce Samba pieces (professional percussionists and educators tutor this course)||P4 to P5 (we may also include other year groups in composite classes)|
|Aberdeenshire Jazz Programme||The programme visits a school for 12 sessions spread across the year (it has received awards from the National Music Council and Jazz Services UK)||P1 to P5 (we may also include P6/7 in composite classes)|
The Class Teacher CPD project involves our instrumental service coordinator visiting the school to deliver a music lesson or block of lessons to a class and teacher.
The aim is to encourage the class teacher to deliver music sessions in the future. The target year group for the programme is P1 to P7.
Class teachers deliver the ABC On-Line project with support from ABC Creative Music. We deliver this on-line teaching resource via a smart board. Your school will receive an online license for a year. The target year group for the project is P1 to P7.
The Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra visits primary schools for the Saxophone Orchestra Plus. Pupils have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including improvisation.
Should you require any further information please contact our Instrumental Music Service Coordinator.