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





Jazz education at St Mary's Music School has been part of school life for almost thirty years and plays an important role in the evolution of every student's musical development. All pupils have the opportunity to attend improvisation sessions on a monthly basis, with a range of groups catering for different ages and levels of experience.  

Video: Boatman's Hook is a composition by senior pupil (now alumnus) Neil McCracken and is performed by Neil on keyboard and The Jazz Combo.

If you are a first study jazz pupil then the aim is that you will become a fluent improviser and reach a level suitable to attain a place to study jazz at conservatoire. 

For all other pupils, studying jazz allows you to understand the benefit of being able to improvise.  This is done through regular Jazz Days throughout the year, co-ordinated by prize-winning bassist and alumnus, Andrew Robb. He is supported by experienced tutors Hilary Michael, Rob Hall and Chick Lyall who help deliver specialist aural classes, performance ensembles and Jazz Piano. 


Next steps

Jazz students have progressed to leading courses at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire and Berklee College of Music.


The city of Edinburgh also provides students with a wealth of opportunities to see major artists in local venues, such as the Jazz Bar, Queen’s Hall and Usher Hall. Ensembles like the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra perform regularly, and the Jazz Bar has live jazz every day. which allows students to expand their ambitions and repertoire by hearing international jazz performers live onstage. 





Jazz Staff

Head of Jazz Programme:
Jazz Piano:
Jazz Saxophone:
Jazz Guitar:
Jazz Violin:
Jazz Clarinet:

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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