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

Since graduating in 2010, Jessica has pursued musical research projects and is now doing a PhD in Creative Music Practice at ECA.

We say goodbye to 473 students, and award honorary degrees to Patrick Reyntiens OBE, Professor George Lewis and Evan Parker.

Come and visit us for talks, tours and more.

ECA web intern, Alice Chandler, speaks with the organisers of the music-based film club.

Fiona Donaldson will discuss her work which documents the history of the Reid Concerts at University of Edinburgh.

The Massive Open Online Course is free and open to all, and will be building on last year’s success.

Lauren reflects on her new post as Visiting Professor in Sound Studies at Arizona State University.

Sarah Rundell, a Musicology - MA student at ECA, speaks with fellow students as they prepare for the recitals.

Music student and disabled musician, George Low, talks to us about Disability Research Edinburgh (DRE).

Dr Michael Edwards used hand-built instruments and compressed air to create the “hyperboles 4” sound.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

15 Aug 2015 to 23 Aug 2015
Masters Show 2015
11:00 to 17:00