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




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Application Process for Instrumentalists, Composers and Singers - age 9 to 19. 

There are two paths to joining St Mary’s Music School, the instrumental programme which is open to applicants aged 9 – 19 and the vocal programme which is open to young vocalists aged  13-19.  

Entry to St Mary’s Music School is the same for all years and age-groups, UK based candidates and International candidates and is based on musical ability and potential. We will consider instrumentalists, singers and composers. 

Please see the admissions guides for each programme below.  If singing is a second study you should consider the instrumentalists programme.

For those interested in singing as a first study, there are two possible routes into the school, either as a 9 year old day pupil (chorister pathway) or by joining the Vocal programme, typically aged 13 and above. The Vocal programme is split into a Changing Voices Programme and the Senior Vocal programme.


Boarding and Day Places  

We offer boarding and day places. Boarding places are usually open to applicants in S1 (age 11/12) and above. 



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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