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

Success for ECA's Michael Edwards in UnBox Future Cities LABS follow-on awards.

Free online course will teach you the basics of music theory

Last chance to see Hand-made Cinema, which finishes its five week run at the Talbot Rice Gallery on Saturday 5th July 2014.

Memories are Made of This at VIII São Carlos Videodance Festival | 17th-19th July 2014

Edinburgh International Festival, the University of Edinburgh and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offer 5-day course.

Historic landmark acts as stage for the Head of the Reid School of Music

Strong results in other areas confirm strength of ECA’s offering.

Concert, featuring students from the Reid School of Music, was supported by the Consulate General of the Polish Republic in Edinburgh.

St Cecilia’s Hall - 22/04/14

‘Jackie and Marilyn’, scored by Aleksandra Kovač, opens in New York.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

11 Aug 2014
The Shape of Words to Come and Lichtspiel Opus I
St Cecilia’s Hall
Niddry Street
11 Sep 2014
MMus Musicology - Programme Induction Meeting
12:30 to 13:30
Common Room 1.06, Alison House
Alison House
11 Sep 2014
MSc Digital Composition and Performance - Programme Induction Meeting
12:30 to 13:30
Seminar room 2.07, Alison House
Alison House
11 Sep 2014
MSc Composition for Screen - Programme Induction Meeting
12:30 to 13:30
Faculty room, Alison House
Alison House
11 Sep 2014
Music - Postgraduate Welcome Meeting
15:00 to 17:00
Atrium, Alison House, Nicolson Square
Alison House