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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Five Year Programme

Choristers follow a full and rewarding five-year programme, from the ages of nine to 13. The concentration power which a chorister builds up over  these five years provides excellent training for any profession he or she may take up later in life. No other opportunity exists at a later stage in life for such musical training.

Singing and Instrumental Lessons, together with Theory lessons and a certain amount of practice, all happen during the school day. 

Year 1 Primary 5 (age 8-9)
From P5 all Choristers attend St Mary’s Music School 
In the first term a P5 pupil has a fairly light singing timetable.  There is additional support with sight-singing, aural and theory.
Year 2 Primary 6 (age 9-10)
The second year brings new challenges and plenty of new repertoire.
Year 3 Primary 7 (age 10-11)
Transition week in May allows a taster of what’s in store for Choristers moving into the Senior School.
Year 4 Senior 1 (age 11-12)
A Chorister’s Senior years are the most rewarding part of their time with us.
Chorister pupils usually take up an additional instrument and/or piano.
Year 5 Senior 2 (age 12-13)
Our most senior singers, S2 Choristers are given important responsibilities and roles.
This year is a wonderful culmination of five years of hard work. 

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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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