Mary Macleod - Musician
Mary began her musical studies at the age of 7 when she was given a Viola at her local
primary school. After hearing the Bach Cello Suites she switched to learning cello.
Inspired by an enthusiastic music teacher at her secondary school, she then spent many
happy school years playing and singing in all variety of orchestras and ensembles in Durham and the North East of England.
Mary went on to read music at the University of Edinburgh, where she enjoyed the broad range of studies including the newly emerging Music in the Community Course. Following this she went on to study at Postgraduate level in Teaching at the University of Aberdeen, Cello Performance at RSAMD, Glasgow, and then Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
From here Mary has developed a full and varied music career working with children and young people with instrumental teaching posts in several local authorities combine with a thriving private music practice. As a Music Therapist she worked in Psychological Services, and Neuro-disabilities in the NHS. She went on to specialise working as part of an Autism Assessment Team and in therapy working with mothers with post-natal depression.
The focus on early years development during her Music Therapy training lead to an increasing interest in this area in her educational work. She has been particularly interested in child development and musicianship, and has worked for NYCOS running Mini Music Makers classes for over 10 years, as well as musicianship in Edinburgh Schools, and at the NYCOS Midlothian Choir. She is an experienced practitioner in Dalcroze and loves the focus and energy that this can bring to her classes.
She has taught Kodaly Musicianship and Cello at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. Mary also works with Dunbar Voices where she teaches Musicianship and is the Director of the ‘Little Voices’ Choir.