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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Instrumental Classes

Group Instrumental Lessons

We highly recommend that children attend a year of Kodály classes prior to starting an instrument, and more developed co-ordination and physical size are important. Most instruments are best suited to children from P3 upwards. However, violins, recorders, accordion and clarineos can be suitable for younger children

Instruments currently offered are:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • String Ensemble
  • Guitar
  • Clarsach
  • Accordion
  • Recorder
  • Clarinet/Clarineo
  • Saxophone
  • Flute

Group instrumental lessons are offered for beginners for up to three years of tuition.  Pupils should provide their own instruments, and advice can be given on hiring/buying instruments.

Individual Lessons

For those who have completed three years of group instrumental lessons, individual half-hour lessons can be arranged.  Please speak to us if you are interested in continuing your musical journey.



Music Theory Classes

Theory forms the basis for reading music and is taught in small classes. ‘Beginners’ introduces Grade 1, ‘Intermediate’ encompasses Grades 2 and 3, and ‘Advanced’ deals with Grades 4 and 5, but classes can be taught multi-level so that each child learns at their own pace.

Pupils should provide their own books (ABRSM publishing, Music Theory in Practice by Eric Taylor, appropriate grade, and Theory is Fun by Maureen Cox, appropriate grade)


Recorder lessons St Mary's Music School


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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