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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Saturday Music Classes for Children


Does your child show an interest in music? Eleanor and her team would love to welcome you to our long established and ever popular Saturday Music Classes for children, held at St Mary's Music School during term time. 

Our classes are:

  • Singing
  • Music theory
  • Violin
  • Recorder
  • Cello
  • Clarineo
  • Kodály
  • Clarsach
  • Guitar
  • Trumpet

Our group classes are lots of fun and help your child to learn in a supportive and friendly environment where each child encourages the other. 

Classes are for beginner level up.

Individual lessons are also available. 

Why not come and give us a try? We are so confident you’ll love your experience that we offer one taster session of your choice of class, which we won’t charge you for if you don’t want to continue.


About our Music Classes for Children 

Our long established and very popular Saturday Music Classes for children aged 4 to 12 take place during term time at St Mary’s Music School.  In a safe and caring social environment, some 150 local children discover the wonders of music, helped by experienced staff, all highly qualified in working with children through the arts. The emphasis is on having fun, while engaging young children in the magic of music making. 

Families find St Mary’s Music School a vibrant and friendly place in which to spend time and catch up with friends and our lively café is an ideal venue for parents to catch up with each other during lessons.

Singing Classes and Choirs

We offer Singing Classes for children in Primary 1 to Primary 7. Classes will be fun and exciting for children, and every child will gain from the act of singing together.

Learn more 

Kodály Music Classes

For little ones, Kodály classes begin for children in their final pre-school year and are offered up to Primary 5 (age 9 to 10), according to demand.  Kodály classes introduce children to music and rhythm through song and action and these classes encourage children's musicianship and listening skills, nurturing their enjoyment of music and building their confidence.

Learn more about Kodály Music Classes

Group Instrumental Lessons and Theory Classes

By the age of 7, children can start beginner instrumental lessons and theory classes. Taster sessions are available to allow children to meet the teacher and try an instrument.

Learn more about Group Instrumental Lessons and Theory Classes

Individual Lessons

One-to-one lessons are available in 30, 45 or 60 minute durations. Many children will stay for the full morning and combine group classes with an individual lesson.

Our Values 

We are proud of our Five Values of:

  • Inclusion – SMC is non-selective and bursaries are available so everyone can access a top quality experience;  
  • Diversity – we welcome all types of family, no matter what your circumstance; 
  • Enjoyment – it is our aim to have children love their musical experience, no matter what class they attend, and want to come back each weekend; 
  • Learning – a great deal of learning takes place but it doesn’t feel like school. Connections are made through making and listening to music, and this helps children’s motor skills, cognitive abilities and general development as they enjoy classes; and 
  • Growth – children develop life skills as they learn, such as how to listen to others, wait for their turn and grow in confidence as they participate in classes. Families make friends that can last a lifetime.


Please note: 

After more than a year of successful online teaching, we hope to be delivering all our classes in person from September, subject to Scottish Government regulations.

There may be some additional restrictions in September to ensure that all pupils, parents and staff remain safe, including the staggering of class start times.  Any changes will be notified to parents well in advance.  
We look forward to welcoming your children back to face-to-face teaching at Coates Hall.

Further Information & Registration Form

Further information and a registration form can be downloaded here. If you have any questions please contact us at smc@st-marys-music-school.co.uk or call on 0131 5387766.

 Further Information

 Registration Form





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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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St Mary's Music School Trust Limited is a charity No. SC014611
Registered Office: Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL.