As well as being fun, singing together in a choir has many benefits for children’s development and well-being. These include gaining music education, making friends and boosting confidence through performing. Singing also helps to develop literacy, concentration and memory.
Led by experienced music teachers and choir leaders, NYCOS Aberdeen Choir meets once a week during term time, where children learn and sing together with others their age. As well as singing in a group, children progress through our musicianship programme (based on Kodály method) and develop skills such as learning to read music, pitching, rhythm, sound production and simple theory.
Being part of a NYCOS choir isn’t just about singing in a group; our musicianship programme (based on the Kodaly method) helps to develop skills such as learning to read music, pitching, rhythm, sound production, solo signing and simple theory.
The children sing music appropriate for their age and voice, which is also enjoyable. This is drawn both from Scottish music and music from around the world.
Our awards programme offers progression through its three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold, which chart choir members’ development as they work towards goals. A Gold level pass can be used as a substitute for ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.
Membership Fees & Financial Assistance
We want all children to join, regardless of income or background. Recruitment workshops are free, all their venues are accessible, and fees can be reduced up to 100% based on sibling discounts and household income. We also offer a four-week risk-free trial for new members.
The annual membership fee for Junior Choir is £185.
Each regional choir is led by a Choir Director, supported by music staff. All of our music staff are qualified musicians and are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure with NYCOS. Each choir will also have a Coordinator at local level.
The choir meets each week during term time for rehearsals – a total of 30 weeks each year. Rehearsals last from 1 hour at Junior Choir stage up to 2.5 – 3 hours for older children.
6 .00 – 7.00pm
Intermediate Choir 1:
6.30 – 8 pm
Intermediate Choir 2:
6.30 – 8 pm
7.00 – 9.00 pm
What age does my child have to be to join the choir?
Children are normally recruited at the end of P3 for entry at P4. Older children are accepted into the choirs, but this is dependent on factors such as their age, vocal quality and ability to read music.
If you have any questions or feel that anything is stopping you from applying, please contact Natalie Brayshaw and she would be happy to help.