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




Valerie Pearson

Valerie studied the violin with Diana Cummings at the Royal Academy of Music during her undergraduate music degree at King's College London and says that Diana's teaching gave her a deep understanding of the physiology of playing, which completely transformed her relationship with the violin, and had a huge influence on her own teaching.

Her interest in modern music, and in the relationship between performer, composer and audience formed the basis of her doctoral research at the University of York, where she also developed ways of combining performance and composition through improvisation. 

With a wealth of experience as a teacher, Valerie's skills range from starting off three-year-old Suzuki violinists to leading university projects, and teaching at international summer music schools. While completing her PhD at the University of York, she began building a private teaching practice that became highly successful and widely sought after. She created a close network of confident young players through extra group activities, chamber music and concerts, and enjoyed supporting them in their successes in national competitions, and National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and conservatoire auditions.

Valerie Pearson






Additional Responsibilities

Outreach and Engagement


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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