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At the Reid School of Music, we are committed to thinking differently about music and helping students make a rich contribution to cultural life when they graduate.

We do this by examining the social contexts where music thrives, studying how sound and music affect mind and body, learning about musical acoustics and technologies, and creating, performing and sharing music in all of its forms across the capital of Scotland.

Working with you is a dedicated team of staff who lead their fields as performers, composers, sonic artists, historians, community activists and scientists, ready to share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm directly with you.

Based in the centre of Edinburgh, you’ll have ready access to several concert halls, spaces to rehearse your band, setup your gig or practice in one of our Steinway School piano rooms. In addition, the UKs top musicians regularly visit to give concerts and masterclasses. Your experience is further enriched by our ensemble in residence programme, open mic nights, and busy student-led music societies creating performance opportunities across genres from orchestra to music theatre, experimental, jazz and traditional music.

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Introducing the Reid School of Music

Dr Martin Parker, Head of the Reid School of Music, gives an overview of Music at Edinburgh College of Art.


37 Members of staff
319 Students
11 Programmes
2553 Alumni

Why choose us?


You’ll study in a School with a long and distinguished history and a broad view of music, combining tradition with innovation, theory with practice.


We are home to two extraordinary historic concert halls, unique collections of musical instruments, a world-class music library and well-equipped studios.


Our Music Society is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s best, and our city is a rich cultural resource of orchestras, ensembles, choirs, world music groups and venues.


Our students can take courses from across ECA and the University of Edinburgh, and we have strong links with the local community and partner organisations.


We focus on small group and individual teaching by leading experts who are passionate about music and the role it plays in multiple aspects of human life.

An all-Steinway school

ECA is one of a handful of institutions with the prestigious all-Steinway status. This means that all pianos owned by us are designed by Steinway & Sons. Students, staff and guest musicians, Piano Circus, gathered in June 2019 for a spectacular one-off performance, marking the arrival of 27 new Steinway pianos.

Sheet music in front of a percussion instrument in the foreground with more sheet music and instruments in the background

Concerts at the University, research seminars and events

We host a number of events including a free public lunchtime concert series, research seminars and open mic nights throughout the course of the academic year.

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Our programmes in music

We have a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer.

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