Making Music In Room 3

The pupils from Room 3 have been enjoying making music both at music therapy and in class. The pupils have all been exploring music in ways specific to them. This has involved playing hand-held percussion instruments, singing, playing the piano and also walking on the floor piano! The pupils have been engaging in a variety of pupil led and specific ways in music therapy and these have been reiterated in class during a variety of activities! Emmeline is looking forward to continuing making music with Room 3!


Drumming At SQA National 3

Here is a wow moment we would like to share from one of our senior students who is currently working on an SQA National 3 in Music: Performance Skills with a focus on drumming.

He has been working with our instructor, Keith on developing his confidence in reading music, following tempo and he is currently working towards putting on performance in school.

Well done!

Chapel Chimers

Many thanks to the Chapel Chimers for visiting us at Orchard Brae yesterday. Although we love our weekly Makaton Choir, this was a lovely musical alternative for us. We all enjoyed hearing the resonance of the chimes and both singing and playing along.

Scottish Ballet Workshops

Classes across the school enjoyed workshops with Scottish Ballet last week. They were in Aberdeen for the performance of Swan Lake.

During the day, different classes had workshops and enjoyed lots of fun, sensory activities and music.

Christmas Fun In Room 7

Room 7 have been enjoying a variety of activities in the build up to Christmas.  They have enjoyed being creative making cards, crackers and have enjoyed listening to and interacting with artifacts about the Christmas story.

Festive Fun

It has certainly been a busy week at Orchard Brae and we have enjoyed participating in a range of festive fun and yesterday was the busiest day of all!

In the morning, the Primary department had a dress rehearsal for their Christmas Show, which we will performing next Friday.

A big thank you to Lynn and the catering team who put on a splendid Christmas lunch for us yesterday.

We all enjoyed tucking into our turkey and all the trimmings and festive shortbread and ice cream for dessert while listening to some Christmas tunes.

In the afternoon, we were joined by the St Margaret’s School choir who performed some Christmas tunes for us.  We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the pupils and staff from St Margaret’s who joined us.  This has become an annual event and it is one which we always look forward to.  The hall was packed and everyone enjoyed their performance immensely.  Thanks also to Room 9 staff and pupils who hosted a short snack and get together with them afterwards.

After such a hectic week, we look forward to seeing what excitement next week will bring!!


Room 18 Perform in the Living Advent Calendar

Room 18 were invited to join in Aberdeen Library’s Living Advent Calendar. We had a great time performing some of our favourite pieces from Drama and Trash Band. We ate our lunch in the committee room and then performed in the main library. Some members of the public joined in with our Trash Band piece.

We had a great time!

Artie’s Tartan Tales

Today we were lucky to have had a very special visitor, Artie from Artie’s Tartan Tales.

We all sat patiently waiting for the show to start and Artie said hello to us before the show.


We were thoroughly entertained throughout the whole show! Artie performed a variety of Christmas songs as well as some old favourites from the Singing Kettle.  He had staff and pupils bopping around, singing along and copying the actions!


He spent time meeting some of his biggest fans after the show (yes, Claire from Room 2, we mean you!) and even allowed us to explore his magical Singing Kettle!

A fantastic time was had by everyone and we hope to see him again at Orchard Brae in the future.

However, if you can’t wait that long, Artie will be performing a special Burn’s show at The Aberdeen Arts Centre on January 25th 2020.  Tickets can be booked using the link below:

Makaton At Orchard Brae

Following on from our successful launch of the Makaton Taster Session for Santa’s, Aberdeen City Health And Social Care Partnership, released this wonderful video.

It contains interviews with our music therapist, Emmeline as well as our colleagues in Speech Therapy and of course, footage of our amazing Makaton Minis and Makaton Choir.



Tuesday Music Group – Cancelled

Unfortunately there will be no Tuesday Night Music Group at Orchard Brae Tonight.

Apologies for the inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you all next week.