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For any enquiries please feel free to call Aileen Saunders on 07528 164956 or contact Aileen by email at aileen@chimechildren.co.uk

 

Aileen Saunders – Chime Expressive Arts

Aileen Saunders started Chime after she graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (R.S.A.M.D.), where she specialised in classical singing and community music.

During her time at the R.S.A.M.D. Aileen trained intensely as a community musician and spent time at various nursery schools around Glasgow teaching music, dance and drama to pre-school children.

With over 12 years experience working with children, Aileen has led music workshops for older children with learning disibilities and has led expressive art sessions at a speech and language unit. Aileen was also involved in a project at a bilingual unit, using music as a tool to help children communicate with each other whilst their families were seeking asylum in Glasgow. Aileen is currently delivering music sessions at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Aileen has attended Orff training coursers, leading to qualifications in the Orff teaching methods. She is also very familiar with the Kodaly and Suzuki music practice methods. These methods are particularly suitable for working with young children. As well as her infant first-aid certificate, Aileen also has a certificate in counselling skills and a certificate in play therapy.

Aileen is a classically trained soprano and her performance career has always been on a par with her teaching. At the age of sixteen Aileen received a scholarship for Aberdeen City Music School where she was given the opportunity to perform in many European cities including Paris, Norway and London.

Aileen was involved in many of the R.S.A.M.D.’s operas and has performed in several diverse venues around Scotland, including the House for an Art Lover, the S.E.C.C. and Glasgow Cathedral. Aileen has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Aileen is a founding member of ‘Les Sirenes female Chamber Choir’ who were the winners of the B.B.C.’s ‘Choir of the year competition’.

In her spare time Aileen attends singing, piano and Italian lessons and is a volunteer at Yorkhill children’s hospital.