History of Inverness Music School
The idea to found a music school in Inverness was initially conceived in 2011 when Alison discovered a high demand for formal private tuition in the Inverness area. Travelling through from Aberdeenshire each weekend, and finding a temporary home at the Centre for Complimentary Therapies in Kinmylies, Alison started with just two pupils on an ad hoc basis. Teaching time increased rapidly over the next 18 months with pupils travelling from as far afield as the west coast, Golspie and Grantown. However, with the increase of both pupils and equipment, Alison had, by Christmas 2013, outgrown the Centre for Complimentary Therapies and began searching for new premises in which to expand the business.
The Music School moved into The Old Estate Office in Dochgarroch in May 2014 and the number of pupils more than doubled. However, after two enjoyable years in the once peaceful setting of Dochgarroch, Alison decided to move and expand the school once more, this time, finding a new home at The Byre Recording Studio near Kiltarlity. The new premises provided a much larger space in which to teach in a rural setting amongst 20 acres of fields and woodland as well as purpose built studio acoustics.
Throughout 2017, Alison will be branching out with a secondary new school which serves the Ullapool region. This will operate initially from Braemore Hall just south of Ullapool. Alison is also in the process of joining forces with other like-minded teachers to teach fiddle and piano to compliment the brass and woodwind tuition she herself provides.