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

We talk to Musicology student, Haley, about her research into the Scottish music industry.

Ailie Reid received her commendation after completing her Travelling Fellowship.

We talk to Digital Composition and Performance student, John, about creating music for both acoustic instrumentation and live multichannel electronics.

Their winning article brought to light numerous musical instrument makers who were not previously known.

We talk to Sound Design by Research student, Kirsty, about her portfolio of games and installations.

Two Big Ears grew out of a collaboration between students on the Acoustics & Music Technology and Sound Design programmes.

PhD students present at symposium opened by Chancellor’s Fellow, Benedict Taylor, with Simon Frith as keynote.

Two students from different music programmes share their stories of this year's ensemble.

Niall McCallum graduated from BMus (Hons) Music Technology in 2010. He currently runs his own business, ModeAudio.

Tomke Kossen-Veenhuis was placed second in the CHSS round of this year's '3 Minute Thesis' competition