South Aberdeenshire Music Centre

Our South Aberdeenshire Music Centre meets at Mackie Academy:


We offer 5 different groups at our music centre. They meet on a Saturday from 10am to 12 noon.

Group  Level
Junior String Orchestra Grade 1 to 2
Intermediate String Orchestra Grade 3 to 4
Concert Band Grade 1 to 3
Big Band Grade 4 plus
Choir P5 and up
Chanter, Pipes and Drums Beginner to PDQB level 6

There is no upper age limit in the choir. Pupils work together as a choir and divide into smaller choirs where appropriate.

No prior tuition is necessary for the chanter, pipes and drums group. A chanter or drum sticks and practice pad will be provided.

Bus routes

We offer 4 bus routes to and from Mackie Academy at no extra cost:

View pick-up points and times for Route A:

  • St Cyrus (church) - 9am
  • Johnshaven (square) - 9.15am
  • Gourdon (A92 bus stop) - 9.25am
  • Inverbervie (West Park - road end) - 9.30am
  • Inverbervie (Bervie chip shop) - 9.30am
  • Catterline (bus stop) - 9.35am
  • Braehead Crescent (A957 bus stop, Stonehaven) - 9.45am

View pick-up points and times for Route B:

  • Mearns Academy (new academy bus bay) - 9am
  • Kinnear Square (bus stop) - 9.05am
  • Fettercairn Square - 9.15am
  • Auchenblae (Thistle Inn) - 9.25am
  • Drumlithie (hotel) - 9.35am

View pick-up points and times for Route C:

  • Aboyne (Victory Hall bus stop) - 8.45am
  • Torphins (The Chemist) - 9am
  • Banchory Academy (bus bay) - 9.15am
  • Banchory (Dee Street) - 9.20am
  • Crathes Bridge (old garage) - 9.25am

View pick-up points and times for Route D:

  • Portlethen Academy (bus bay) - 9.20am
  • Newtonhill (Newtonhill Primary School) - 9.25am
  • Park Place (bus stop) - 9.30am


When the weather is bad we may close our music centre. You can call 0370 054 4999 and enter pin number 02 1870 to check the status of the centre. You can also contact our coordinator with any queries:

South Aberdeenshire Music Centre Coordinator
Mackie Academy
Slug Road
AB39 3DF
Telephone: 07557 075951

You can also contact the Instrumental Music Service for general enquiries. 

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