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

Research-led spin-off company launches the Skoog 2.0 in Edinburgh.

Worldwide collaborative team includes Professor Raymond MacDonald, Head of Reid School of Music

Award-winning composer provides unique perspective on Conrad’s self-developed musical instruments.

From BMus to the Berlin Jazz Festival, the saxophonist and composer has had a busy year.

Postgraduate candidates applying for admission to ECA in 2015/16 may be eligible for a doctoral studentship from the AHRC

Postgraduate candidates applying for admission to ECA in 2015/16 may be eligible for a doctoral studentship from the AHRC

Dr Elaine Kelly explores the German Democratic Republic’s impact on the nation’s music.

Music Research Seminars take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm, usually in Lecture Room A of Alison House (2nd floor)

Fiona Donaldson’s online database maps the tradition and history of the Reid Concerts from their origin in 1841.

Charlotte Desvages receives award which is given annually to one outstanding student with exceptional career goals.

Upcoming Reid School of Music events

20 Jan 2015
23 Jan 2015
Reid School of Music. lunchtime concert. de la guitarra
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square
27 Jan 2015
30 Jan 2015
03 Feb 2015