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




Folk & Traditional Music

It should not come as a surprise to learn of a thriving Folk Scene here, not only in Scottish Traditional Music, but, given our international profile, out of lively folk traditions from around the world. A typical St Mary’s Music School pupil invariably has a good Classical grounding, and a good ear, which makes for fertile exploration into entirely new areas! Pupils from the school have gained considerable success in high profile contests such as the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the BBC Jazz & Folk Awards and at the Royal National Mòd. 

Singer-Songwriter Jenn Butterworth makes regular visits into school to run workshops and classes; Richard Ingham also plays a role in bringing together the school’s Jazz and Folk elements.

Causeway trio written and recorded whilst at School


Highland Piper


Folk & Traditional Music Staff

Folk Accordion:
Folk Clarsach:
Folk Guitar:

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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