Aberdeenshire Youth Music Sessions

Aberdeenshire Youth Music Sessions (AYMS) provide ensemble music-making opportunities outside of school for children who:

  • attend schools in Aberdeenshire
  • are currently learning to play an instrument - this includes pupils that don't receive lessons through the council's music service

The sessions will offer your child the opportunity for musical and social development in an ensemble setting.

Please note the service does not provide transport for these sessions.

String ensemble

Instruments that are suitable for string ensemble:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass

Concert band

Woodwind instruments that are suitable for concert band:

  • Flute or piccolo
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon

Brass instruments that are suitable for concert band: 

  • Cornet
  • Trumpet
  • French horn
  • Tenor horn
  • Euphonium
  • Baritone
  • Trombone
  • Tuba

Percussion suitable for concert band: tuned and untuned percussion.

Sessions

The following sessions are held in Inverurie Academy for Junior Strings Orchestra from beginner to Grade 3:

  • Saturday, 3rd February 2024 - 10am to 12pm
  • Saturday, 17th February 2024 - 10am to 12pm
  • Saturday, 2nd March 2024 - 10am to 12pm
  • Saturday, 23rd March 2024 - 10am to 12pm

The following sessions are held in Mackie Academy for Junior Strings Orchestra up to grade 3 and Concert Band up to grade 4:

  • Sunday, 4th February 2024 - 1pm to 3pm
  • Sunday, 18th February 2024 - 1pm to 3pm
  • Sunday, 3rd March 2024 - 1pm to 3pm
  • Sunday, 17th March 2024 - 1pm to 3pm

Culminating in a concert at end of the sessions.

Concert

The concert will be held in Inverurie Town Hall on Sunday, 24th March 2024 from 12.30pm. Parents are welcome to attend the Concert and an invitation will be sent out nearer the time.

Fees

Total fee for a session is £24 per participant.

Aberdeenshire Youth Music Sessions are free for children who are registered for free school mealsIf your child is in receipt of free school meals, please email us at instrumental.music.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk for a code before enrolling.

How to register

You can register for sessions via the instrumental music service portal. You will have to sign in with myAberdeenshire to access the portal.

Register for Youth Music Sessions