Reid School of Music

Music at the University of Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history, combining tradition with innovation, and theory with practice. We have a broad view of music, not confined to one kind of musical genre or tradition but engaging with classical and popular music, Western and non-Western music, professional and amateur music making.

We think of music as a performing art, a creative art, a subject of scholarly and scientific study, a site of technological innovation, and a practice with implications for many aspects of human life.

Situated in the heart of the old city of Edinburgh, Music enjoys the resources of two extraordinary historic concert halls, unique collections of historic musical instruments and a world-class music library, as well as well equipped audio studios and IT facilities.

Our teaching and practice spaces facilitate small group and individual teaching, both of which are still important facets of our teaching environment. Learning and teaching is a mix of one-to-one tutorials, small group seminars, lectures and class projects. Our regular seminar series give opportunities to hear and discuss current ideas from leading local and international researchers and from a range of practising musicians.

We are part of the creative environment of Edinburgh College of Art, as well as being linked to intellectual strands across the university. We are also strongly engaged with the local community, through our Music in the Community programme and its public events in the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Museums of Scotland.

There is a lively musical life across all areas and genres of music. We expect our students to develop a thoughtful and creative response to music, through intellectual curiosity and practical engagement, in pursuit of their own musical vision.

Reid School of Music news

Music Research Seminars take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm, usually in Lecture Room A of Alison House (2nd floor)

Fiona Donaldson’s online database maps the tradition and history of the Reid Concerts from their origin in 1841.

Charlotte Desvages receives award which is given annually to one outstanding student with exceptional career goals.

"NESS" scoops wins in Germany for research on guitar fretboards

Information about current prizes and scholarships available for award is available now.

Tom Western has written about postwar ethnographic field recording for the journal Twentieth-Century Music.

39 concerts will be taking place around the University of Edinburgh in the forthcoming season.

From Replay to Rimo, Luci Holland tells us about her ‘monster’ year composing for the screen.

Almost half of a surveyed 9,000+ participants have a first language other than English; 50% have never studied music formally before.

ECA works with vibrant youth orchestra on international music project.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

28 Oct 2014
30 Oct 2014
Design Informatics Research Seminar: Socio Design Systems
Evolution House, T-Room (1st Floor)
78 West Port
30 Oct 2014
Music Research Seminars: Listening and the Media: Variations on a theme
17:15 to 18:15
Lecture Room A, Alison House
12 Nicholson Square
31 Oct 2014
Lunchtime concert: Emma Lloyd and John Kitchen
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square
04 Nov 2014
Lunchtime concert: KDKDK (Piano duo)
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square