•  The North East of Scotland Music School

    A Centre for Musical Excellence

  • Learn from some of Britain's finest tutors

    Improve your musical confidence and technique

    Get to where you've always wanted to be, musically


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A Family Atmosphere

At NESMS we believe that small is beautiful – that what matters is the quality of the teaching and the friendliness of the staff, not the size of the building.  But we do have excellent, well-equipped studios and a fine music library.

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A Centre of Excellence

Acknowledged experts come on a regular basis from all over the British Isles to give one-to-one coaching and advice on technique and performance – and to provide occasional workshops and master-classes.

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A Chance to Perform

For those who want to develop the ability to deal confidently with an audience we provide numerous opportunities for performance both solo and/or ensemble, with suitable support from more experienced performers.

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A Scottish Charity

Through fundraising, generous donations and occasional local authority grants NESMS is able not only to subsidize student lesson fees, but also to offer competitive scholarships and hardship funding.

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Open to All

Talented individuals of all ages can gain access to teaching of the highest calibre. As a charity we offer competitive scholarships, and a hardship fund for the disadvantaged.

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We Need Your Support!

Continuing financial support is essential to maintain the high quality of our teaching programme, and we welcome enquiries about donations, sponsorship and scholarship funding – as well as Friends' membership.

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Funding and Governance

Founded in 1975 by Dorothy Hately, the North East of Scotland Music School is a Scottish charity based in Aberdeen.  Its aim is to provide, at the lowest possible cost, the highest possible standard of tuition for promising musicians.

Prof. Neil Mackie CBE FRSE
Dr Murray McLachlan FRSA
Barbara McFarlane

NESMS operates as a non-profit-making company limited by guarantee.  Its income comes from student fees (heavily subsidized) and it actively seeks donations from trusts, commercial organisations and individuals, as well as applying for occasional local authority grants.  Supervision is provided by a widely drawn Council of Management, with specialist sub-committees to oversee fundraising and public relations, strategic planning, teaching and performance standards, and administration.

Friends of NESMS

NESMS has an active Friends group.  Friends commit to organise, help with and attend money-raising activities and concerts, and where posible to support pupils and provide performance opportunities.  Some Friends also offer to accommodate visiting tutors.

Many different skills and backgrounds can be brought to assist the group and a close knowledge of music is not required and new Friends are always welcome.


Wider Links

There is a close relationship with the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Music School in Dyce.  Many of our pupils are involved in the Grampian Youth Orchestra, the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS), and NYCoS (the National Youth Choir of Scotland). We are an examination centre for ABRSM and Trinity, and are frequently used for NYOS, NYCoS and GYOS auditions.

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Success in public performance increases musical confidence and awareness.

Patrons Fiona Kennedy and Evelyn Glennie talk about the importance of NESMS to the North East of Scotland.

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