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




Side Menu

Introducing Instrumental Programmes at SMC

From September 2023, we are introducing a new scheme for all pupils who learn an instrument in a group class at SMC, that offers a combination of our classes at a great value price for parents. We’d like to encourage pupils to come to SMC to participate in a range of different activities. Our instrumental lessons, ensembles, choir and Kodály classes develop complementary skills, and we believe that in combination, they offer an excellent and well-rounded musical education for young people.

With that in mind, any pupil who joins a Year 1 instrument group class will be eligible for our Year 1 Instrumental Programme.

In the first term, this will consist of three 30-minute classes (1.5 hours in total):

  • A 30-minute group lesson on your chosen instrument
  • A 30-minute choir class
  • A 30-minute Kodály Musicianship class

In the second term, pupils will also join a 30-minute ensemble class.

There are three different Year 1 ensembles: Beginner Strings (violin, viola and cello), Beginner Woodwind (recorder, flute, clarinet and saxophone) and a Mixed Instrument class (for clarsach, guitar and accordion).

We also have a Year 2 + Instrumental Programme, for pupils who already learn an instrument at SMC.

This has the same components as the Year 1 Programme. Pupils will receive:

  • A 30-minute group instrument lesson and
  • A 30 minute ensemble class with
  • A 45-minute choir class and
  • A 45-minute Kodály class.

Pupils will join all of the classes (2.5 hours in total) from the first term.

We feel the Instrumental Programmes will have a wide range of benefits for everyone: pupils, parents and teachers. Pupils will learn alongside their peers in different classes, and can develop skills together as they grow, fostering a strong sense of community. There will be a clear sense of development within each activity and in tandem with all other activities too, for teachers to have shared expectations of skills for each pupil, and for there to be stronger connections between all groups at SMC. Parents benefit from a thorough and immersive music education for their children at a discounted price.


SMC Accordion


What if I want to sign up for just one of the classes, or for two or three?
Anyone can sign up for whatever classes they wish to. We very much hope that we have made the combined programme a good choice from a cost point of view.

What if my child wants to start more than one instrument?
We’d recommend that they don’t, in the first year of learning- in year two, they could join a year one instrument class as an addition to the Y2 programme.


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. 

Learn more > 

 Sign-up to hear about the latest news and events


St Mary's Music School Trust Ltd, Registered No: 54504
St Mary's Music School Trust Limited is a charity No. SC014611
Registered Office: Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL.