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

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.

Dr Tanya Ekanayaka composed much of the work in Alison House and recorded the album in the Reid Concert Hall.

Sarah Deters, a Music PhD student, will be speaking at the conference

Reid School of Music students launch film club for music documentaries.

Richy Carey nominated in the “Composer” and “Sound” categories

The ECA web interns report on an afternoon of entertainment from music students at the legendary Edinburgh venue.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

26 May 2015
Screening: Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
16:00
Alison House, Lecture Room B
12 Nicolson Square