Education Projects

The Education Project Page

For many years, EUMS has run an ever-expanding Education Project, taking music directly to young people in primary schools across Edinburgh. In its most recent iteration, EUMS members presented interactive workshops to P5-7s with the following aims:

  1. Encourage children’s interest in playing musical instruments
  2. Widen children’s knowledge and understanding of orchestral instruments
  3. Develop children’s understanding of the science behind sound in the context of how musical instruments work.

Our approach of blending music with learning about science is part of our wider philosophy of encouraging engagement in music integrated into day to day life.

In 2019/20, the Education Project was delivered to around 230 young people across three Edinburgh primary schools. Several groups of volunteers 

went into the schools to provide workshops to P6 and P7 students about how musical instruments and the voice create sounds, culminating in the students writing ceilidh dances to depict how certain instruments work. The workshops also included demonstrations of how sound waves travel, how to turn a slinky into a brilliant musical instrument, and all the children making their own kazoos for a class performance.

In March 2020, we invited several P5 classes to the Reid Concert Hall to experience an orchestral performance first-hand. This was an opportunity for the children to hear about each instrument individually, as well as see it in action as part of the orchestral team. We also invited students to take part in performance playing percussion, conducting, and singing along to some classic songs from The Greatest Showman, Moana and The Lion King.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are developing workshops which can be delivered online to schools. For full details, see our latest blogs!

“Thank you so very much for the absolutely fantastic workshop on Wednesday.  The kids, and staff/parents, thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  It was ‘pitched’ perfectly and they learned a lot.” – P5 teacher