Welcome to Jack and Jill Music Classes!
Jack and Jill music classes in Edinburgh are live, interactive music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-school children with accompanying adults and are taught by a qualified and experienced musician.
Early learning is encouraged through stimulating and multi-sensory musical activities shared between the adult and young child. Many areas of child development are fostered in the classes particularly language, social and emotional, intellectual, physical and musical though the primary aim is always to have fun making music together!
Age-appropriate classes give young children opportunities to use their voices, explore sound and music creatively, handle simple percussion instruments, participate in movement and dance and above all learn to listen in a carefully structured yet relaxed and happy atmosphere. Music is performed live, usually on the guitar, cello, piano or recorder-as well as singing of course! Content is based around flexible fortnightly themes such as music from South America, farm animals, trucks and trains, and the seaside and brought to life using an exciting range of unusual instruments including steel drums, bagpipes, the accordion and many more.
When do we meet?
Where do we meet?
We meet at St. Catherine's Argyle Church, Grange Road, Marchmont. There are parking facilities beside the church, and access for buggies and wheelchairs.
How much are the music classes?
Classes are £5.80 each, payable termly in advance. Some concessions are available for accompanying younger siblings.
About our music teacher
Mary Macleod is a fully qualified music teacher and music therapist, holding a B.Mus (Hons), LTCL (Cello Performance) and a Postgraduate diploma in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University.
Since leaving university Mary has developed her musical career combining instrumental teaching and music therapy work with children with special needs. Since having her own children her focus has turned to early years musical experiences, and Mary has been exploring and developing her skills through the Kodaly and Dalcroze approaches to musicianship and learning. Mary currently works for the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS) running Mini-music-makers classes and teaching musicianship at Midlothian Area Choir. She is also training for the Certificate qualification of the Dalcroze Society (UK)
The music classes were established in 1993 by Jill Reeves and have been flourishing ever since. Some children joined as babies and have continued throughout their preschool years. Other families have returned time and again with younger siblings. Our testimonials are living proof!
In September 2013 Jill moved to pastures new in the West of Scotland and Jack and Jill classes are now being run by Mary Macleod. Mary attended Jack and Jill’s music with both her daughters, where they all loved the opportunities to sing dance play and enjoy music together. She is delighted to be able to carry on attending Jack and Jill’s music, now running the classes and introducing and sharing with other families the fun she had with her children.
For further information or to book music classes please contact:
B.Mus (Hons), P.G. Dip Music Therapy, LTCL (cello), P.G.C.E.
or by email:
Thank you from all of us for twelve years of musical Fridays. You are a real inspiration and have given the children a wonderfully musical start in life
The classes have been a delight to attend, with the atmosphere always so relaxed and friendly
the enthusiasm, skills and range of instruments are what make her music classes unique
Jack and Jill has quite simply been the best pre-school activity that my child and and I have enjoyed together. I cannot recommend these music classes highly enough and really feel that they have set her up to enjoy music throughout life.