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

Join staff from the Reid School of Music for a live online information session.

The Reid School of Music provides these funding opportunities specifically for Music postgraduate students:

Robert Christgau, rock critic and Music Editor of Village Voice, 1974-2006, will deliver keynote speech at the Reid Concert Hall.

Music at the University of Edinburgh continues to inspire and encourage students and leading researchers across a range of music related discipline

Dr Michael Edwards recently visited India, to take part in the UnBox Labs Future Cities project.

The project to redevelop St. Cecilia’s Hall has secured a £823,500 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Two promenade performances marking the end of the Memories are Made of This research project have taken place at the University of Edinburgh.

Leading organist plays to a capacity audience in seminal Edinburgh venue.

We have reached the halfway mark in our fundraising campaign to restore and renovate St. Cecilia’s Hall.

Hometowns lost: Revisiting the 2011 Tsunami. 8th March 2014. FREE but registration required.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

20 May 2014 to 22 May 2014
Reid School of Music. Final Year BMus recitals
9:00 to 17:15
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square
31 May 2014
Sypert Summer Concert. The Prince Regent's Band
St Cecilia's Hall
Niddry Street
14 Jun 2014
Sypert Summer Concert. Canzona.
St Ceciilia's Hall
Niddry Street
21 Jun 2014
Sypert Summer Concert. Susanne Ehrhardt and John Kitchen
St Cecilia's Hall
Niddry Street