STAR Harmoneez (Star Harmonies Ltd SC565029) is a vibrant Musical Theatre School established by Allison Barr, a primary teacher of 22 years, specialising in Music for the last 12 and now founder and Chief Executive of Team Jak Foundation, a charity set up in light of the sad passing of her son Jak to realise his dreams and give support to other families going through cancer treatment.
We provide Musical Theatre Classes, building skills in singing, dancing and acting, whilst Star Harmoneez aims to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem through promoting essential life skills and friendships.
By putting your child at the heart of everything we do within our classes, our enthusiastic and professional tutors encourage our pupils to work towards real performances, and strive to bring out the best in every child, ensuring they develop experiencing an all round education in all 3 aspects of the Performing Arts at their own pace and level whilst gaining a sense of fulfilment and achievement.
Star Harmonies Ltd is committed to providing a high level of professional tuition alongside creating a safe and encouraging environment within which each and every child can grow and develop at their own pace, thereby gaining a sense of being part of something very special.
With that in mind Star Harmoneez is a Musical Theatre School for ALL with no entry audition required. We believe every child has a talent and it is up to us to bring out the best in every individual and enable them to reach their Star potential.
Day First Tuesday then following Saturday of
Time 5:30-8:30pm, 12-5pm
Ages Pre-school - S6
Place Polbeth Harwood Parish Church, Polbeth
**Format has been changed for this year due to an exciting opportunity for Aimie to develop her skills even further in London and also still teach our amazing starz.**
Allison Barr - Principal and Founder
Allison established Star Harmonies with her children Aimie and Jak following a lifelong dream to create a Musical Theatre School for all.
Her love of music and dance began age two when she attended Christine Hinshelwood School of Dance.
Allison became an accomplished clarinet player in Fife Youth Orchestra and was Principal clarinet in Fife Youth Concert Band.
Allison graduated from Moray House in 1994 with a 1st Class Honours Batchelor of Education having chosen Music as one of her specialities in her final year.
Health & Wellbeing
Star Harmoneez is committed to ensuring your child is given an all-round education in musical theatre and we will strive to provide the highest level of tuition and pastoral care at all times.
Due to the nature of Musical Theatre there may be times when physical contact in drama, dance and singing is necessary. All of our tutors are aware of regulations within Child Protection and what is allowed within drama, dance and singing and will follow these guidelines at all times. We will need to measure your star and potentially help them try on costumes, this always be done over clothes or a vest. You will sign to give consent to this on your enrolment form.
Child Protection and Health and Safety procedures have been adopted in line with West Lothian Council’s Youth Let Policies and all of our tutors have been made aware of its contents.
All staff have PVG or Enhanced Disclosures and Star Harmoneez has an approved West Lothian Council Youth Let (CP no 561).
There are 3 certified First Aiders:
Allison Barr, Principal
Aimie Trueman, Co-Principal
Judith England, Tutor
An Accident/Incident Book is on hand at all times.
When you enrol into Star Harmoneez Musical Theatre School, you are asked to complete a form which requires certain information such as name, age, D.O.B, emergency contact details and it also includes a section for medical details where we ask that you list anything that we need to know about your child which could potentially affect their participation on a Tuesday night or Saturday afternoon.
We require all children to have a signed photo permission form - this will cover the child for the entire year and allow us to take photos and also post photos on our website and social media pages for various relevant purposes.
T-Shirts and Zippies are available from Micky Mick Designs Jazz Trousers and Shoes from Angela McGill who will be there regularly on Tuesday Evenings to take any orders. Hair should be tied back neatly every week. No jewellery should be worn. Uniform must be worn - if due to circumstances you cannot be in full correct uniform, please bring a written note. You may bring a bottle of water with you only, no juice or fizzy and a very small snack. Please let us know if you need to eat at regular intervals for medical reasons. Phones must be switched off and left in bags during class or left at home. Star Harmoneez are not responsible for loss/damage of valuables as these are brought at your own risk.
Our students are expected to:
Have good attendance
Respect the tutors
Always be in full correct uniform
Try their hardest at all times
Our Teenz are a very special group and whilst we have high expectations of all our starz, our expectations for our Teenz are slightly higher. Teenz should take on a leadership role and help out whenever possible with the younger children. They will provide inspiration for our younger students.
With regards to shows, parents are required to help out with at least one show either backstage or in the dressing room. If this really isn’t possible, please nominate a family member in your place. If you really are not able to help at the shows, you should be in the audience which will help with ticket sales and we would appreciate help in the run up to the shows with set/prop making and sourcing or in any other way deemed appropriate.
It became apparent Allisons skills in Music were a real asset within Primary and after 10 years in mainstream Allison secured a permanent music specialist position within West Lothian Council and taught in a number of Primaries and Special Needs schools developing the music curriculum and raising children's self-confidence.
Allison is now following her heart after losing her inspirational son Jak to a rare cancer in 2015 and is working full time in Jaks Den as Chief Executive, supporting young cancer patients and their families and those bereaved.
Allison has produced and directed many shows in schools and in the early days of Star Harmonies Ltd. She has recently promoted her talented daughter Aimie to Co-Principal and Director after taking on the role of Producer and Director for our Shows for the last three years which she does with ease having a real gift for seeing "the whole picture".
Allison is very excited about the future of Star Harmonies Ltd and whilst we have big changes afoot for 2017-2018 Allison is confident the standard will continue to rise asit has done every year thanks to her professional qualified staff, and she will contribute to encourage every child and adult to believe in themselves and reach their full potential.
Aimie Trueman - Co-Principal, Musical Theatre Tutor
Aimie has just graduated from Fife College with a Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre with an A for her graded unit after gaining her Higher National Certificate in 2016 at The Regal Academy of Performing Arts.
She just spent 10 weeks in America as an Assistant Theatre Director at French Woods Performing Arts Camp in New York and on her return she decided to further her MT skills for a short amount of time at the Emil Dale Academy of Performing Arts just north of London.
Allison, Aimie’s mum enrolled her in dance classes when she was 2 years old, from there she joined a stage school at the age of 6. Aimie then started to realise that this was her passion and far more than just a hobby. She gained a Distinction (after gaining 92 out of 100) for her Grade 8 Musical Theatre London College of Music Exam. Aimie practices the vocal technique Estil and has completed her Level 1 training.
Aimie has already had a few professional acting jobs. She was an extra on the TV show ‘Waterloo Road’ and she was a featured actress for an Irish ‘Safefood’ Government Advert.
When her brother Jak took ill in 2014, Aimie took over from her Mum, Allison and has been extremely involved with Star Harmoneez ever since. She has always choreographed for Star Harmoneez, the past 4 years Aimie has produced and directed the shows, she has designed the programmes, created Star Harmonies website and much more.
Aimie was very excited that Star Harmoneez celebrated its 5th Birthday last year. She cannot believe that she was only 14 when she started teaching. She would like to thank her Mum, Allison for all of the support and guidance she has given her over the last 6 years as she has helped her mature as a tutor and as a person.
Kristy Dalziel - Dance & MT Tutor
Kristy was one of our original workshop members when Star Harmonies started 6 years ago. She since then has gone on to complete 5 years of training at the prestigious Dance School of Scotland. Kristy teaches our ballet and jazz extra tuition classes and is also a tutor at Star Harmoneez Musical Theatre School.
Rachel McPhail - Drama & MT
Rachel trained at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts where she gained her HND in Musical Theatre. She has always known about Star Harmonies as Aimie and Rachel trained together as teenagers however Rachel only recently joined the Star Harmonies family when she led our Summer Workshops in Summer 2017. She is now on board as our drama teacher for our extra tuition classes and she is also a tutor at Star Harmoneez Musical Theatre School where she is heavily involved with our Minis class for budding starz from Nursery-P3.
Judith England - Music & Drama Tutor
With a BEd Honours Music & Drama, Judith has worked with us since the beginning of Star Harmonies and is Co=Leader of The Liv'n Harmony Singers. Judith is hugely talented in her own right with particular skills in costume design and making for our Shows. Judith also teaches Ocarina in many Schools within West Lothian.
Val Learmonth – Administration
Val has been our amazing 'Admin Lady' at Star Harmoneez since the very beginning in 2012. Val is a friendly face that our stars all know and love. She is there to welcome the children as they enter on a Tuesday night and takes the register.
Star Harmoneez Zippy
Star Harmoneez T-shirt
Black Lycra Jazz Trousers
(boys may wear plain black joggers
Black Velcro/Slip On Jazz Shoes (no laces please)