Fees and Scholarships

Students pay their own fees, but costs are kept to a minimum thanks to the fundraising efforts of volunteers and the generosity of trusts, foundations, companies and private individuals. Scholarships for pupils in full-time education (applied for annually) are awarded on merit, and a fund is also available to help pay lesson fees for students in financial hardship, whether in full-time education or not.


Our Fees

1-1 Lessons

All 1-1 Instrumental, Singing and Stagecraft lessons are available for a fee of:

£42 per hour

Lessons can be extended or shortened by agreement with the pupil at the discretion of the tutor, fees being pro-rata to the hourly rate.

Small Group Teaching

Open days, master-classes, etc are organised from time to time. Fees will vary depending on duration, venue, level of teaching and numbers of participants.

Ask the office for further details

Beginner Recorder

Woodwind tutor Ros Coleman takes groups of up to four beginners (aged 6-9) for recorder lessons and skill building musicianship activities. 

The fee is £10 for a 30 minute group session, or £15 for 45 minutes where  appropriate.

Room Hire

All of out studios are available for hire for  any private teaching, practice or rehearsal. Room hire is to be pre-arranged via the office to ensure there is a suitable room available for you.

£7.50 per hour

For auditions or examinations, a corporate fee of £10.00 per hour applies

NESMS Scholarships

Our scholarships are made possible through generous donations from sponsors. These may be instrument specific, for Local Authority School students only or kept as general scholarship funding.

Auditions are now usually held in April/May with results sent to students before the end of term and the summer holidays . Scholarships are then valid over an academic year, starting at the end of August with new term. A full scholarship pays for 9 lessons (based on monthly tutor visits) though part scholarships of 6 or 3 lessons may also be awarded by the audition panel.

Scholarship Audition eligibility

  • Students must be in full time education during an academic year

  • It is expected that students applying for a scholarship should be working at a standard of approximately ABRSM or Trinity grade 4 or above. Chosen audition pieces should be pitched at this level of difficulty or above, although it is not necessary for audition pieces to be taken from an exam board syllabus, or for candidates to have taken an examination at that level.

  • If you already attend lessons with a teacher outside of NESMS, it is your responsibility to inform them that you are auditioning for lessons with a NESMS tutor before applying. 

  • Please note thatall lessons are expected to be taken in-person in the NESMS building at 21 Huntly Street, Aberdeen. Transference to online lessons will be allowable in any Government restricted or lockdown circumstance. In such case it would be expected that a minimum of 2 of the lessons awarded will take place in-person at NESMS once restrictions allow. Last minute travel cancellations may also qualify, where suitable.

Scholarship Awards 2021

Joan Dickson Scholarship
Charlotte Hay (Cello)
Tom and Cath Johnston Scholarship
Scott Manson (Piano)

Gina Dallas Harper Award
Aaron Magill (Piano)  

Dorothy Hately Scholarship
Chenghong Zhu (Piano)
Ellie Pirie (Bach Choir) Scholarship
Eve Begg (Voice)

 Gladys Sangster Awards
Amber Craig (Voice)
Emma Cameron (Violin)
Olive Beston (Recorder)  

Additional Full Scholarships:

Bethany Clarke (Cello)   Emily Smith (Piano)   Hannah Magill (Oboe)

Henry Jaspars (Piano)   Isla McKeown (Piano)   Joseph Kwan (Violin)

Now in their second year, the Gladys Sangster Awards are intended to benefit students of musical promise at Local Authority schools, and consist of a mixture of lessons, travel and instrumental hire.   Again this year, the Scholarship auditions took place entirely online by video submission.   The panel was nevertheless impressed with the exceptionally high standard of musical and video quality achieved in extraordinary circumstances, and competition was fierce.   The panel was however delighted to be able to award a significant number of part scholarships in addition to those listed above.