Aberdeenshire Youth Music Sessions

Aberdeenshire Youth Music Sessions (AYMS) provide ensemble music-making opportunities outside of school for children who:

  • attend schools in Aberdeenshire
  • are currently learning to play an instrument - this includes pupils that don't receive lessons through the council's music service

The sessions will offer your child the opportunity for musical and social development in an ensemble setting.

Please note the service does not provide transport for these sessions.

String ensemble

Instruments that are suitable for string ensemble:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass

Concert band

Woodwind instruments that are suitable for concert band:

  • Flute or piccolo
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon

Brass instruments that are suitable for concert band: 

  • Cornet
  • Trumpet
  • French horn
  • Tenor horn
  • Euphonium
  • Baritone
  • Trombone
  • Tuba

Percussion suitable for concert band: tuned and untuned percussion.


The following sessions are held in Inverurie Academy for strings, brass and woodwind from grades 1 to 3:

  • 11th November 2023 - 10am to 12pm (noon)
  • 25th November 2023 - 10am to 12pm (noon)
  • 2nd December 2023 - 10am to 12pm (noon) (culminating in a concert at end of the session, parents are welcome to attend)

The following sessions are held in Mackie Academy for junior string ensemble up to grade 3 and concert band up to grade 4:

  • 12th November 2023 - 1pm to 3pm
  • 26th November 2023 - 1pm to 3pm
  • 3rd December 2023 - 1pm to 3pm (culminating in a concert at end of the session, parents are welcome to attend)


Total fee for a session is £18 per participant.

Aberdeenshire Youth Music Sessions are free for children who are registered for free school mealsIf your child is in receipt of free school meals, please email us at instrumental.music.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk for a code before enrolling.

How to register

You can register for sessions via the instrumental music service portal. You will have to sign in with myAberdeenshire to access the portal.

Register for Youth Music Sessions