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

Shelley Coyne’s research explores whether participation in choirs can benefit homeless people

Postgraduate students connect across disciplines to explore the modes, methods and meanings of Community Arts.

Kirsty Renton and Sarah Gross reflect on their involvement in the join project with University of Athens.

Announcing the details of the 11 Music Research Seminars scheduled for the first semester of 2016 - 2017.

New videos lead viewer through the various facets of work under NESS.

The University of Edinburgh Concert Series returns with 31 events running between September and December.

We talk to Musicology student, Stanley, about his transition from pianist to researcher on music and philosophy.

Student, Elly Gladman, explains what the group is and how to get involved.

Graduate Julian Parker returned to ECA to carry out research into nonlinear systems and to share his experience with current students.

Students presented from a range of fields to prepare for upcoming summer conferences and first year reviews.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

30 Sep 2016
Lunchtime concert: Students from the Reid School of Music
Greyfriars Kirk
Greyfriars Place
04 Oct 2016
Lunchtime concert: George Kennaway (cello) and Hannah Harnest (piano)
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
25 Nicolson Square
07 Oct 2016
Lunchtime concert: Dorien Schouten (organ)
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square
11 Oct 2016
Lunchtime concert: Musica Mundana
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
25 Nicolson Square
14 Oct 2016