Saturday Music Academy

For Aspiring Young Musicians

The Dunottar Saturday Music Academy welcomes young musicians aged 5-18 both from Dunottar School and surrounding areas. It provides an exciting setting for pupils to immerse themselves in musical learning and enjoyment through tuition and collaboration with others. The Academy is committed to musical excellence and aims to nurture young musicians through dedicated teaching and the provision of opportunities that are unique to Dunottar.

What Instruments are Taught?

  • Strings (violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, guitar)
  • Woodwind (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder)
  • Brass (trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba)
  • Guitar (acoustic, electric, classical, bass, ukulele)
  • Singing
  • Piano
  • Music Theory

What are the Rates?

The rates (per instrument) are £42/hour. Blocks of 10 x 30 minute lessons can be booked at the following rates: 

Individual: £210
Paired: £140 
Small group (3 pupils): £105

When does the Music Academy Take Place?

The Music Academy operates from 8.30am to 3pm on Saturdays during term time; individual lesson times are arranged between the pupil and teacher.

Who is the Music Academy Suitable for?

The core aim of the Academy is to deliver an exciting programme for ambitious and motivated young musicians.  Musicians aged 5 to 18 who are at any stage of learning, including beginners, are welcome.

Who Teaches at the Music Academy?

The Academy is overseen by Emily Pettet, Director of Music, and instrumental lessons are taught by specialist peripatetic music teachers.

Why Join the Music Academy?

  • Lessons with highly-experienced and dedicated teaching staff, who are also active performing musicians
  • In addition to tuition on first and second study instruments, coaching is offered in Music Theory, Composition and Musicianship
  • Opportunities to work with visiting professional musicians in masterclasses, choral and chamber music projects
  • Regular performing platforms to enhance progress and the appreciation of music

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Emily Pettet, Director of Music, by emailing us at

You can complete an online application form and we will respond to discuss your requirements further.

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