The Reid School of Music has 17 practice rooms, which are ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

For in-situ instruments, access is available to venues such as the Reid Concert Hall.

Each of our practice rooms is equipped with a piano. One contains an electronic drum kit available for use during office hours; earphones and sticks can be signed out from the Music Office.

Three of the University of Edinburgh’s four organs are also available for practice:

  • A 21-stop 2-manual German organ, situated in the Reid Concert Hall, built by Jürgen Ahrend in 1978;
  • An experimental organ of unequal temperament in Lecture Room B, Alison House;
  • A small practice 2-manual pipe organ on the ground floor of Alison House.

We also have three harpsichords available for student practice (two single-manual, one double-manual).

To enquire about practice organs and harpsichords, please contact Dr John Kitchen: j.kitchen@ed.ac.uk

All valid users are issued with a card during Welcome Week, entitling them to use the studios while they’re studying in Edinburgh. BMus and MA Music students are not required to have set times for practice.

The practice room facilities are also offered, on a limited basis, to all other students, staff, and Music graduates of the University of Edinburgh.

For those not automatically issued with a card, you can fill out an application form (download link below). The fee for a practice room card is £40 per annum.

Only 100 cards are sold each year to ensure that all users continue to have good access to these rooms. Passes go on sale, annually, from the Monday of Welcome Week and are available until sold out.

Limited special practice facilities are available to current Music students who are percussionists, part of small ensembles, bagpipe players or players of amplified instruments.

Please contact music@ed.ac.uk or 0131 650 2427 with any queries.