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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Advanced Programme (Age 16 Plus)

Our Advanced Programme offers specialist music opportunities to instrumentalists, singers and composers from other schools who intend to apply for a music course at university, conservatoire or music college and want to gain further qualifications or training. 

The programme is suitable for young people age 16 to 19.

Due to the timing of applications for conservatoires, music colleges and universities and the degree of intensive preparation required in order to successfully apply to study music, applicants should apply to St Mary's Music School for a minimum of two years. 

The programme is particularly suitable for:

  • Scottish pupils who have already completed their Highers 
  • Pupils from the rest of the UK as a two year post A Level programme
  • International pupils.

As well as intensive music study, pupils will follow an academic programme which will be designed to meet their requirements. This will be based around the Scottish Advanced Highers which are accepted by higher education institutions around the world, and the Cambridge Pre-U Music qualification. 

For international students for whom English is not their first language, English as an Additional Language is also available. 

Students may apply as boarders or as day students. 



  • Cambridge Pre-U Music 

Choice of: 

  • Mathematics
  • Art & Design
  • Modern & Classical Languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish (according to demand)
  • Social Sciences: Geography, History
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Non-examinable subjects:

  • Personal & Social Education 
  • Physical Education 

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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