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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Part-time Pathways to Music Specialism 

Who is it for? 

Our Part-time Pathways to Music Specialism scheme offers specialist music opportunities on a part-time basis to a small number of post-Higher instrumentalists, singers and composers from other schools who intend to apply for a music course at university, music college or conservatoire and want to gain further qualifications or training. Alongside our full-time pupils, Pathways students receive tuition of the highest quality from our specialist music staff. Some Pathways students attend while still at other schools; others come to us during a gap year between school and higher education.

How do I apply? 

The Pathways provision is assessed on a music needs basis. Admission is by audition in May / June preceding possible September entry and applications should be received preferably by 31 May of the year of possible September entry. Late applications will be considered.

Timetable and fees

There is a comprehensive range of study options available.  Fees will be calculated on an individual basis dependent on musical needs. The weekly time allocation will not usually exceed 12 hours and the make-up of the hours will be at the discretion of the Director of Music and the Headteacher.

Whilst in school, students will follow a set timetable agreed with the Director of Music and will be subject to St Mary’s Music School rules. The school year is 34 weeks. There will not necessarily be classes in all subjects for more than 30 weeks and classes are priced on the basis of 30 weeks.

One month’s notice is required to leave the course.

Because of restricted school accommodation on campus, we are not usually able to offer practice facilities for Pathways students except in chamber music groups.


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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