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

Dr Zack Moir worked with Paul Duff (Digital Ensemble) to compose and record “Layers”

Awards will fund studies to make festivals more environmentally-sustainable and to connect pier communities.

Find answers to common questions about the MSc Digital Composition and Performance and how to apply.

In order to broaden the students' artistic horizons we have at least one visiting artist/group per semester.

Marcin Pietruszewski graduated from the MSc in Digital Composition and Performance in 2013.

Stewart Houston graduated from the MSc in Digital Composition and Performance in 2013.

David graduated from the MSc in Digital Composition and Performance in 2012.

Georgia graduated from the DCP MSc in 2010.

John graduated from the MSc in Digital Composition and Performance in 2007.

I began DCP in 2013 as a full time student.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

05 Mar 2015
05 Mar 2015
Requiem for Edward Snowden
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
06 Mar 2015
Lunchtime Concert: Horn Trio
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square
10 Mar 2015
Lunchtime Concert: Roberto Prosseda (Piano)
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square
12 Mar 2015