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

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.

“Music, Sound and the Moving Image — Trailers, Titles, and End Credits”

Free lunchtime performances will also act as preparation for final recitals

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.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

31 Mar 2015
Screening: Europe in 8 bits (2013)
Alison House, Lecture Room B
12 Nicolson Square
02 Apr 2015
On Vocal Assemblages
Lecture Room A, Alison House
12 Nicolson Square
07 Apr 2015
Screening: Pavement: Slow Century (2002)
Alison House, Lecture Room B
12 Nicolson Square
14 Apr 2015
Screening: Backstreet Boys: Show' Em What You're Made Of (2015)
Alison House, Lecture Room B
12 Nicolson Square
21 Apr 2015
Screening: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009)
Alison House, Lecture Room B
12 Nicolson Square