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 return to Deeper Life Primary School in Serrekunda to work with 100 children on Dee Isaac's opera.

Music PhD student, Matt Giannotti, talks to us about the first Data-X exhibition and symposium at ECA.

The £234k grant has been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Svetoslav is currently spending a year at the Manhattan School of Music as part of his postgraduate studies at Royal College of Music.

The funding, worth €150,000, will go towards developing commercialisation in the area of architectural acoustics.

Harry has composed scores for film and computer games that have been featured at film festivals around the world.

Project team share their work in Paris.

Matt Gianotti's composition will be performed by the German Choir of London.

Emma Moore's research in Reid School of Music focusses on music, dyslexia, and neuroplasticity.

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