While Big Noise musicians are leading sessions, our support musicians work with individual children and provide musical support to the lesson leader. Support musicians receive regular training in our curriculum, pedagogical approaches, and behaviour for learning.
Having studied classical violin since the age of eight, Laura has extensive experience of playing in orchestras from a young age. In secondary school, traditional music also had an influence on her studies, where she played in a ceilidh band for six years. Laura has now started her fourth year of BMus (Hons) Music and Communities degree at the University of Aberdeen, where she studies voice, violin and piano. In her third year, Laura was granted the award for excellence for her course. She is now going on to plan her honours project, where the main focus of study is the effect of music on the brain in dementia patients.
Whilst studying in Aberdeen, Laura has been on placement with Big Noise, assisting in classes in both a classroom setting and the after school orchestra. For music to be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability is one of the most important aspects of music to Laura.
Starting fiddle at the age of 10, Rebecca was classically influenced but when she left school she went on to study Gaelic and Traditional Music at college on the island of Benbecula for two years. While undertaking the HNC and FE courses she had the opportunity to be taught by renowned musicians such as Rick Taylor, Charlie McKerron, Matheu Watson, Angus Lyon and Mairearad Green. While studying on Benbecula she was involved in a student exchange programme to Brittany to have the opportunity to learn about different Celtic music cultures. As part of the college, they were invited to play at Celtic Connections 2012 in the Glasgow Concert Hall. When leaving Benbecula Rebecca won a scholarship as Best Young Performer to take part in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, which involved working with top traditional musicians such as Innes Watson, John Somerville and Ali Hutton from Treacherous Orchestra. After achieving her HNC in Traditional Music, Rebecca went on to study her HND at Langside College, Glasgow, and is now studying Music and Communities at the University of Aberdeen. She is the leader of the Elphinstone Fiddlers, one of the University’s Music ensembles, and teaches fiddle for Scottish Culture and Traditions.
While studying Music and Communities, Rebecca had an amazing opportunity to come to Big Noise for placement for the two semesters of her course. After learning so much from the musicians, being able to lead some of the activities in classes and having a big interest in Big Noise Rebecca was offered the role as Support Musician in July 2016.