Introduction to the Reid School of Music

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Music at the University of Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history, combining tradition with innovation, and theory with practice. We have a broad view of music, not confined to one kind of musical genre or tradition but engaging with classical and popular music, Western and non-Western music, professional and amateur music-making.

We think of music as a performing art, a creative art, a subject of scholarly and scientific study, a site of technological innovation, and a practice with implications for many aspects of human life.

Situated in the heart of the old city of Edinburgh, Music enjoys the resources of two extraordinary historic concert halls, unique collections of historical musical instruments and a world-class music library, as well as well-equipped audio studios and IT facilities. There is a lively musical life across all areas and genres of music.

Learning and teaching is a mix of seminars, supervised individual research, and one-to-one tutorials. Our regular Music Research Seminars are just one of many opportunities to hear and discuss current ideas from leading local and international researchers and musicians.

We are part of the creative environment of Edinburgh College of Art, as well as being linked to intellectual strands across the university. We are also strongly engaged with the local community, for example through our Music in the Community programme and its public events.

We encourage our students to develop a thoughtful, critical and creative response to music through intellectual curiosity and practical engagement.