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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Fees and Funding

It is a fundamental principle of St Mary’s Music School that our world-class music training should be offered to gifted children regardless of their financial status or background.   We are fortunate to be supported by the Scottish Government, the Cathedral, trusts and donors.

The vast majority of UK-resident instrumental pupils at St Mary’s Music School are eligible to be supported by the generous provisions of the Aided Places Scheme, (up to 100% of the cost of tuition and boarding fees) funded by the Scottish Government, or by the school itself.

The Aided Places Scheme provides means-tested financial assistance with the cost of tuition, boarding fees and other expenses for pupils attending St Mary’s Music School.  Please see the Aided Places Scheme page for information on eligibility, what assistance is available and how to apply.

The School Bursar will be happy to speak to prospective parents about the Aided Places Scheme and school fees in general at any time. 

School Fees - Session 2024-25

Per Annum (International Pupils)

  Day   Boarding
Junior Instrumental £ 32,394   £ 45,893
Senior Instrumental   £ 36,220
  £ 49,719
School lunches £ 580.80   included


Per Annum (pupils eligible for an Aided Place*, fees before Aided Place funding is applied)

  Day   Boarding
Junior Instrumental £ 30,851
  £ 43,707
Senior Instrumental   £ 34,495   £ 47,351
School lunches £ 580.80

 * Pupils eligible for an Aided Place or Cathedral Scholarship receive a subsidy on the full fee amount


Contact the School Bursar for further details and enquiries relating to school fees.


View our admissions guide by clicking below. 



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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