The Music School pupils in Flora Stevenson Primary School will spend the majority of their school week in a main stream mixed ability class.
In addition to their weekly class music provision Music School pupils will have around two half hour periods a day of specialist music. This will include individual instrumental lessons, supervised practice and accompaniment plus small group sessions for theory, aural and general musicianship.
Choral, orchestral and other ensemble work take place both within and outwith the school day.
A Music School pupil’s working day can be quite long but it would be unusual for any musical activities to extend beyond 4.30pm.
After participating in the specialist music programme provided by the City of Edinburgh Music School at Flora Stevenson Primary School, our students are expected to continue their education at Broughton where they continue in the music school and retain their instrumental teachers and their Director and Assistant Director of Music.
The Primary Music School lessons are timetabled so that wherever possible the pupils do not miss core class teaching time.
Generally over the course of a week and within the school day, a music school student will have:
In addition to these lessons there will also be:
The City of Edinburgh Music School (originally The Lothian Specialist Music Unit) was opened in 1980.
The 1940’s huts at the rear of Flora Stevenson Primary School were converted into the Primary Section of the Music School.
In 2009 the new building that we occupy today was opened. Although a self-contained building we are now joined by a corridor to the main Flora Stevenson building.
We are a Steinway School of Excellence and the building includes nine Steinway pianos, one large recital room, two ensemble rooms and five practice rooms, all of which are sound proof.
Entry for Associated Board Exams is encouraged where appropriate. As a general guide the pupils will be aiming for grade five standard (equivalent to the practical requirement for Advanced Higher Music) by the time they leave primary seven. Many of the music school pupils will achieve levels that are well in advance of this.Although not an exam the Music School holds individual annual assessments early in March for all music school pupils on each of their instruments. This is not a pass or fail situation but it does provide a benchmark for the progress that each pupil has achieved over the course of a year.
The Primary Music School follows a tracking system for instrumental lessons. The tracking is filled in by the instrumental teacher at each lesson and is collated at the end of each month by the music school secretary.
Annual Music School Reports are issued in June along with the main school reports.
Music School Parents’ Evenings are held in October and March to coincide with The Flora Stevenson main school Parents’ Evenings.
Aural and Theory Tests are held at the end of the Autumn Term and the start of the Summer Term in order to track progression.
Theory of Music – pupils come to the Music School at different stages in their theory studies. They work through the associated board system of grades as is age and stage appropriate, aiming to complete grade 5 by primary 7 or at the earliest opportunity.
Aural Training - contains a mixture of Kodaly and aural work that is linked to the associated board grade exam requirements that the pupil is working towards. Once a week in small groups, pupils develop their aural awareness through a wide variety of participatory activities.
Rhythm – beating time, note length recognition, time signatures, imitative clapping, rhythmic inventing and dictation.
Pitch – Interval recognition, cadences, triads, melodic imitation, sight-singing and melodic dictation. Singing of canons to develop harmonic awareness.
Talking about/describing music – Articulation, tonality, dynamic range, tempo and period style.
A Log Book of all performances and the performers response to their experience is kept and up-dated throughout the academic year.
i-pads are used in supervised practice sessions and ensemble rehearsals to discuss aspects of performance and technique.
Rob (P6 - S6) “The Music School changed my life”
Alasdair (P3 - S6) “Do everything you can!”
Lucy (P3 - P7) “It’s fun and you make new friends”
Emily (P4 - S4) “Such a friendly atmosphere”
Josie (P6) “It’s an exciting experience”
Mia (P5 - S3) “I made lots of friends, not just from my year group but from all the other years as well. It’s hard work but it really pays off!”
Ms Susan Emslie
Assistant Director of Music
The City of Edinburgh Music School
Flora Stevenson Primary School
Comely Bank Road
Telephone: 0131 332 1604
Fax: 0131 343 6310
In accepting a student into The Music School, The City of Edinburgh Council is making a major commitment to resources, and if the School is to be of maximum benefit to its students this commitment must be matched by that of students and parents. This guide is intended to help parents play their part in the process.
A preliminary audition can be arranged through the Director of The Music School at any time during the academic year. On the basis of this informal meeting advice will be given on whether or not to proceed further. Those short-listed for a final audition will be called in for assessment by a panel of highly-renowned musicians from both within and outwith the School.