EYM is delighted to have been able to return to in-person Saturday morning classes this term. Although last year’s Zoom and video classes were far more successful than anybody could possibly have anticipated, and the Zoom concerts provided a lovely way of keeping the feeling of an EYM community, it has been wonderful for EYM pupils to be able to make live music together again. They love their temporary new home at George Watson’s College, which has the added bonus of a well-equipped playground where children can expend their energy between classes. Everybody looks so happy – children, parents, staff & assistants.
A large part of EYM’s work involves very young children, starting in their final pre-school year. EYM believes in developing various aspects of children’s musicianship before exposing them to the discipline of learning an instrument or joining a choir. “We are very grateful our kids were introduced to music in such a beautiful way” said Amina, whose sons both started attending EYM in their final pre-school year and are now developing their skills as recorder and piano players. As the waiting lists for the pre-school and P1 classes are building up rapidly at the moment, EYM is expecting to start extra classes for these age groups in the near future.
For older children, there are string orchestras, chamber music groups, recorder consorts, choirs & musicianship classes taking pupils up to age 18.
EYM has a wonderfully accomplished, energetic & committed team of staff and assistants, who all share EYM’s vision of wanting to develop children’s musical potential in a positive and enjoyable way, with the understanding that the better you do something, the more satisfaction and pleasure you will gain from it. “EYM has been so important for his development as a musician and a person” said Neil, whose son, now aged 14, attended EYM classes from the age of 7, becoming a highly valued member of the Senior String Orchestra and various chamber music groups.
Bursary funding is available for anybody who would not otherwise be able to attend EYM classes.