We are accepting applications for boarding and day places for Autumn 2020 entry. 

If you would like to find out more, including information about the Aided Places Scheme, please email admissions@st-marys-music-school.co.uk




Virtual Open Days - Instrumentalists

Following the success of our previous online open days we are delighted to be offering another opportunity to learn more about St Mary's Music School this term. Our next event takes place on: 

If you are a young musician or a parent of a musically-talented child then attending an Open Day is the perfect opportunity to discover the world of St Mary's Music School. Meet current pupils, take a tour of the school, find out what lessons are like and take a peek inside the world of our instrumental pupils. 

These online events will give young musicians and their parents a real insight into life at Scotland's national music school, one of five designated specialist music schools in the UK and the only one in Scotland.

You can discover how music plays such a huge part in every pupil's timetable, why boarding is such good fun and how school fees are supported by the Scottish Government's Aided Places scheme in recognition of our unique status. You can find out why our academic results are so exceptional, even though our only criteria for entry is musical ability and potential. Or you can take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 

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Virtual Open Days - Choristers 

Introduction to Being a Chorister - 3.30pm to 4.15pm November 6th, 2020 

This event will take place online and is designed to give an overview of what it is like to be a chorister at St Mary's Music School and part of the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral. It will be take a webinar format and wil include live presentations and videos. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your child becoming part of this exceptional tradition. 

Your hosts will be:

  • Dr Kenneth Taylor, Headteacher of St Mary's Music School
  • Yvonne Jarron, Head of Primary, St Mary's Music School
  • Duncan Ferguson, Organist and Master of the Music, St Mary's Cathedral
  • Reverend Marion Chatterley, Vice Provost, St Mary's Cathedral

Register your place

If you would like any further information please contact Mary Walls, mwalls@st-marys-music-school.co.uk 



Advisory Auditions and Full Auditions

If you think you are ready to apply to become a pupil or want to find out whether you have the level and potential we are looking for, then you can also apply either for an Advisory Audition, where the Panel can give you constructive feedback on your playing,  or you can apply for a full Audition online. 

Find out more here. 

Prefer to Visit Independently? 

If you are considering applying to St Mary's and would like to find out more about the School then you are welcome to visit independently by arrangement. Visits usually take place on a Monday afternoon and are a chance for an informal chat with our Admissions Secretary and to have a tour of the school. Simply contact Mary Walls to arrange a suitable date. Please note that due to current safety precautions visits in person are only availalable on a very limited basis. 


Instrumental Learning

Choir School

Saturday Music Classes


St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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