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
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.
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: new Friends are always welcome!
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.
Such a great place - I always knew I wanted to study Traditional Music and Song and NESMS equipped me with great tuition which also introduced me to new great classical repertoire.
The staff were absolutely lovely and very welcoming, and the violin teacher - Gillian Findlay - was amazing! She could see I was nervous and put me right at ease. Everything she told me was extremely beneficial and she took me through my final two grades.
The opportunity that it has provided to me, a mature player, to have access to such a great, knowledgable, inspiring, and encouraging teacher - Ian Wilson - has contributed immensely to developing me into the musician I am today.
Fully supportive of any singing genre! All inclusive and for everyone. Jean Webster was absolutely brilliant and I really came on with her guidance and expertise.
I would not have dreamed of doing the things I have done over the past 10 years, if it had not been for the help and encouragement of Ian Wilson, and I would not have been having lessons with him if it weren't for NESMS. Thank you so much!
I am now a classroom teacher and have definitely been inspired by the wonderful teaching I received from Michael Beeston. I have very happy memories and am very aware of the skills viola playing has taught me.
NESMS was an absolute life line for me and I'm so grateful for the opportunity it gave me to pursue music as a career.
The Aim of NESMS is to provide young people of outstanding musical promise with the opportunity to experience tuition not available within their existing framework of study
I know from my own experience that NESMS occupies a very special place in the musical life of the North East of Scotland.
It is so important that people feel they can engage at any stage of their lives in the world of music.