St Mary's Music School

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Scotland's national music school for children age 9 to 19 and the choir school of St Mary's Cathedral All professional photos by Nicola Dove.

St Mary's Music School is Scotland's independent specialist music school and the choir school of St Mary's Cathedral, offering music and academic education to young musicians, aged 9-19. You can learn more about education at St Mary's Music School by visiting the school's website at

Operating as usual


๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„Are you as excited about the St Mary's Music School Christmas Concert as we are? We cannot WAIT to welcome you to The Parish Church of St. Cuthbert, Edinburgh City Centre on 18 December for a night of festive music...just in time to get you in the spirit for the big day. ๐ŸŽผ

Our pupils will be performing music by:
๐ŸŽน๐‚.๐.๐„ ๐๐š๐œ๐ก, ๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ค๐ž๐ฌ, ๐…๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ ๐…๐š๐ซ๐ค๐š๐ฌ, ๐Ž๐ฅ๐š ๐†๐ฃ๐ž๐ข๐ฅ๐จ, ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐‹๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐๐ฌ๐ž๐ง, ๐ƒ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐‡๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐, ๐‘๐ข๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐–๐š๐ ๐ง๐ž๐ซ, ๐‰๐ž๐š๐ง ๐’๐ข๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฎ๐ฌ and we will be welcoming Special Guest, ๐‚๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ ๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฆโ˜ƒ๏ธโ„๏ธ

We hope to see you there! Click on the link below for tickets:


๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ!

๐ŸŽจโœจ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐†๐จ๐ซ๐๐จ๐ง-๐’๐ก๐ž๐๐๐š๐ง - ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐“๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ŸŒˆ

๐ŸŒˆ A proud Glasgow School of Art alumna from the painting and printmaking realm, Kate is more than an artistโ€”she's a force of creativity. ๐Ÿพ๐ŸฅŠ With five furry companions by her side and a passion for boxing, Kate's zest for life extends to exploring various art disciplines, broadening her skills. ๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿ“ธ Her love for crochet and photography adds vibrant hues to her palette.

Beyond the canvas, Kate is a community builder, generously sharing her artistic magic as a volunteer at a local primary school, inspiring young minds and guiding staff. ๐Ÿ“šโœ๏ธ Currently, she's co-authoring and illustrating a whimsical children's book with her sisterโ€”a testament to her boundless imagination and collaborative spirit.

Join us in celebrating Kateโ€”our devoted art teacher, creative powerhouse, and the heart of our artistic community! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽจ


๐ŸŽป Did you know?

St Mary's Music School boasts vibrant Junior and Senior Orchestras, providing a harmonious platform for our talented musicians to showcase their skills! ๐ŸŽถ From classical masterpieces to contemporary compositions, our orchestras bring music to life. ๐ŸŒŸ

Our Pupils also play regularly in youth orchestras such as Edinburgh Youth Orchestra,
National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain and National Youth Orchestras of Scotland - NYOS.



๐ŸŽต๐ŸŒŸ Calling all parents with musically inclined kids aged 4 to 12! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽต

Discover the joy of a musical education with our Saturday Music Classes!๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽ‰

Does your child have an interest in music? Here at St Mary's Music School we offer an opportunity for any child aged 4 - 12 to explore the world of music, guided by our team of dedicated and highly qualified staff.

For every child whoโ€™d like to start learning an instrument at SMC, weโ€™ve launched an exciting new combined-class programme: a morning of musical activities including an instrument lesson plus ensemble, choir and Kodรกly musicianship classes, all at a great value price. The programme develops a wide range of musical skills, providing an outstanding and well-rounded musical education for young learners, and is a great opportunity for children who love music to learn and grow as musicians together in a fun, friendly and nurturing environment.

Places are available now for pupils whoโ€™d like to learn viola, cello, clarinet, accordion or flute.

Ready to embark on a musical journey with us? ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿคฉ Visit our website to find out more about our Saturday Music Classes:

Let the melodies begin! ๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽถ


๐ŸŽน๐€๐๐๐‹๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’ ๐๐Ž๐– ๐Ž๐๐„๐๐ŸŽน
๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ: ๐๐ˆ๐€๐๐Ž

Applications for our ever popular International Summer School for Piano are now open.
Running from 4 - 9 August 2024, you will be mentored by acclaimed pianists and St Mary's Music School teachers Helena Buckmayer, Anna Michels and Philip Sharp.

The programme will include:
One-to-one lessons
Collaborative work
Daily workshops including an introduction to Alexander Technique
Daily yoga and more!

For info and to apply, follow the link below:


๐ŸŽ„โœจ ๐’๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐ž: ๐€ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ– ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ! ๐ŸŽถ

Join us for an enchanting evening of music at the St Mary's Music School annual Christmas Concert at The Parish Church of St. Cuthbert, Edinburgh City Centre . ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽป

Be captivated by the magic of the season and enjoy some beautiful music as our pupils give performances including works from CPE Bach, Weelkes, Farkas and Wagner.

With a special appearance from celebrated Cellist, Philip Higham, it's an evening that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the spirit of the holidays with St Mary's Music School. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽต

Mark your calendars and join us for a night of musical brilliance that will leave you in awe! ๐ŸŒ 

Tickets from the School website, or click on the link below:


๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐‡๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ !

St Mary's Music School is currently looking to appoint a houseparent to work on a supply/ bank basis.

Along with the wider boarding house team, you will be responsible for boarders' welfare and pastoral care. You will be required to work primarily at weekends. This could be a day or overnight shift.

You should be should be energetic, adaptable and sympathetic to the needs of young musicians and ideally should have a background or training in pastoral care.

You will find further information on the school website

Applications will be considered as they are received and starting date is to be agreed.


๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ!
๐ŸŽป๐ƒ๐ซ ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง, ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐’๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ'๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ

Valerie's musical journey began at King's College London and the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied the violin under the guidance of Diana Cummings. This transformative experience not only deepened her understanding of the physiology of playing but also laid the foundation for her dedication to teaching. She also studied composition with Sir Harrison Birtwistle.๐ŸŽ“

Her passion for modern music led her to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of York. There, she explored innovative ways to blend performance, composition and improvisation, showcasing her commitment to experimentation. ๐ŸŽป๐ŸŒˆ

With a wealth of teaching experience, she has nurtured young talents, fostering a network of confident players through chamber music, concerts, and successful competition and orchestra auditions. ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒŸ

A maestro of strings and a mentor deeply devoted to her pupils, Valerie is a key player in our musical family. Join us in celebrating her dedication to music, teaching, and inspiring the next generation of talented musicians! ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’–


Thank you for celebrating Giving Tuesday with us today!

We hope you've enjoyed hearing more about what we do here at St Mary's Music School and the impact the generosity of our Friends, donors and supporters has on the music education we offer our talented young pupils. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you.

If you'd like to join our wonderful School community of supporters, why not head to our website to find out more about becoming a Friend of St Mary's Music School. Thank you!


For Giving Tuesday, St Mary's Music School Head of Primary Yvonne Jarron talks about what makes the School so unique:

"Hi, I am Yvonne Jarron, and like many of my colleagues, I wear many hats at St Maryโ€™s Music School. I am proud to be the Head of Primary, the coordinator for Support for Learning, I am also responsible for Guidance from P5 โ€“ S2 and last but certainly not least, the liaison rep between the School and cathedral.
Before teaching here I was a parent of a chorister pupil, which gave me an insight into how original and special the School was. Having taught here for 11 years I can safely state that St Maryโ€™s Music School is like no other school I have ever worked in. We take pride in being a small, friendly, and close-knit community where every face is a familiar one. At the core of our unique identity is a love of music.
In our small School, class sizes are not just numbers they are opportunities. Opportunities for connection, understanding and personal growth. The intimacy of our classrooms allows for more than just education; it allows for relationships to flourish and for every student to receive the attention they need to thrive academically and personally.
It is no mere coincidence that our school regularly achieves some of the best academic grades in Scotland. This success is a testament to the small, supportive learning environment that we share.
Our school is not defined solely by academic success; it is a sanctuary for musical exploration and expression. Our pupils are immersed in a musical journey that includes daily instrument and chorister practice, music theory and history of music classes. Other opportunities provided are playing in different ensembles to regular performances within our school and public facing venues.
Our School stands as a unique centre of learning in Scotland, and I am forever proud to say I teach here."


On behalf of St Mary's Music School's Board of Trustees, Janine Watson would like to say thank you this Giving Tuesday to all of the School's supporters.

"Hi, My name is Janine Watson and Iโ€™m on the Board of St Maryโ€™s. I just wanted to say a big thank you to the parents, the donors, the Friends, the grants and foundations, and also the companies who advertise in our programme. Without your support, it wouldnโ€™t be possible to provide this really unique education to the pupils of St Maryโ€™s. As a musician and parent myself, I attended a specialist music school in England, and I know just how unique this experience really is. Not only at nurturing the students in music, but also in life generally. Thank you very much, on behalf of St Maryโ€™s for all your support."

Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 28/11/2023

To celebrate Giving Tuesday, St Mary's Music School Alumnus Ian Sankey reflects on his journey from the School to becoming a professional musician:


This Giving Tuesday St Mary's Music School Headteacher, Dr Kenneth Taylor, would like to say a huge thank you to all of the School's supporters.

"Iโ€™d like to say thank you to everyone that supports St Maryโ€™s Music School. It is thanks to our donors, Friends and supporters that weโ€™re able to offer such a unique education to our talented young musicians. Our supporters help us to fund everything from masterclasses with renowned international musicians to giving our pupils an extensive range of performing opportunities. From tuning our fleet of almost forty pianos, to ensuring we can attract the very best teachers right across every subject area in the School. It is thanks to your generosity, along with the support from the Scottish Government Aided Places Scheme and St Maryโ€™s Episcopal Cathedral that the specialist music education that we offer here is affordable to all of our families. St Maryโ€™s Music School really is a unique and very special place. Thank you for playing your part in helping us ensure that we can give the very best education to the professional musicians, composers, conductors, and music teachers of tomorrow."

Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 28/11/2023

This Giving Tuesday we'd like to showcase what makes a music education at St Mary's Music School so special. Find out more from School Music Department Manager, Kate Aitken:


What's involved in the specialist music education we provide at St Mary's Music School? This Giving Tuesday, find out more from the School's Acting Chief Executive, John Reid.

"Hello there, Iโ€™m John Reid and Iโ€™m the Chief Executive Officer of St Maryโ€™s Music School. We provide a world-class musical education for students aged between nine and nineteen. We are a relatively small School, with a very nurturing atmosphere, and as our class sizes tend to be on the small side, this does help greatly in academic attainment. Some of our Students are choristers, and some are instrumentalists, and all have the opportunity to not only develop their individual talents, but also to play in a variety of ensembles and orchestras. St Maryโ€™s is a very special place, located here in the heart of Edinburgh, and dedicated to the nurturing of our talented students."

Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 28/11/2023

Today, on Giving Tuesday, we're delighted to hear a word from professional pianist and teacher Anna Michels on her experience as a pupil of St Mary's Music School.


This Giving Tuesday the School's Development Manager, Caroline Libberton, would like to thank and celebrate the School's wonderful community of Friends, donors and supporters:

"This Giving Tuesday, we wanted to celebrate and thank our wonderful community of donors. Whether youโ€™re a Friend of the School, or a donor. Whether youโ€™re a music lover who comes along to our concerts to hear our young musicians perform. Whether youโ€™re a local business that perhaps sponsors one of our concerts or advertises in our concert programmes. Perhaps youโ€™re a trust or foundation thatโ€™s given us a grant towards an area of the work that we do, we are hugely grateful to all of you for your support. It is thanks to that support that we are able to offer such a remarkable range of musical opportunities to our young students. It is thanks to you that we can continue to attract the very best music teachers, in fact the very best teachers across all our academic subjects too. And itโ€™s thanks to you for a million other things, including keeping our fleet of over thirty pianos, tuned as theyโ€™re used on a daily basis by our students. We really are enormously grateful for your support, and for helping make St Maryโ€™s Music School the unique and remarkable place that it is."


๐ŸŒŸToday is Giving Tuesday!๐ŸŒŸ

Giving Tuesday is an annual global celebration of the wonderful work charities do and the generous supporters who help to make it all happen. Today, we would like to thank and celebrate the School's fantastic donors, corporate partners, our Trust and Foundation funders and the Friends of St Mary's Music School - it is thanks to your support that we are able to provide such a unique and inspiring learning environment for our talented young musicians.

Keep an eye out throughout today for posts across our socials thanking our supporters, telling you more about what we do at St Mary's Music School and the impact a specialist music education has on our Alumni.

And if you'd like to lend your support and become part of our thriving School community, why not head to our website to find out more about becoming a Friend of St Mary's Music School.


๐ŸŽ‰๐๐ˆ๐† ๐๐„๐–๐’!! ๐ŸŽผ๐’๐€๐•๐„ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ƒ๐€๐“๐„!

To all those that love Lower Brass! ๐ŸŽต Something exciting is coming your way in February, and you're invited! ๐ŸŒŸ St Mary's Music School is hosting not one, but TWO Lower Brass Day events in ๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐๐”๐‘๐†๐‡ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐„๐‹๐†๐ˆ๐ in February.

We are delighted to have some of the world's best Lower Brass players and teachers joining us to lead on the day's activities:

Jonathan Gawn
John Kenny
Arlene Macfarlane
Oren Marshall
Danielle Price
Martin Thomson
Emily White

๐Ÿ“… Date: 24/02/2024
๐Ÿ•’ Time: 9am
๐Ÿ“ Location: The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh

๐Ÿ“… Date: 25/02/2024
๐Ÿ•’ Time: 9am
๐Ÿ“ Location: Elgin Academy, Elgin

We will also be joined by Buffet Crampon, one of the leaders in wind instrument manufacturing, for taster sessions.

Spread the word, tag your friends, and join us for a fun day of activities ! ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽ‰
Link below for your free Lower Brass resource pack


๐Ÿคฉ๐‰๐จ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ!๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽผ

Does your child show an interest in music? We would love to welcome them to our long established and ever popular Saturday Music Classes for children, held at our School during term time.

For every child whoโ€™d like to start learning an instrument, weโ€™ve launched a new combined class programme: a morning of musical activities including an instrument lesson, ensemble, choir and musicianship classes, all at a great value price. Places are available for viola, cello, clarinet, accordion and flute.

For more information, follow the link:


Our friends at the Scottish International Tuba Festival have gone LIVE! Their website has been launched and applications for the course opens in December.

Whilst attending the course you'll have the best of both worlds! Experience Edinburgh during the festival but still be able to escape the hubbub of the city by retreating to the grounds of St Mary's Music School, an oasis of calm in the city during one its busiest months of the year!


๐ŸŽท ๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐“๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐ŸŽถ

๐‘๐จ๐› ๐‡๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ - ๐’๐š๐ฑ๐จ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐ž/๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ญ/ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ/ ๐๐ข๐š๐ง๐จ/ ๐“๐ก๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ/ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽผ

Step into the musical world of Mr. Rob Hall! From Manchester University to the Royal Northern College of Music, Rob's passion for clarinet, saxophone, and composition has taken him across continents. With a degree, two diplomas, and a trail of awards, he enriched his skills at Berklee College of Music, USA, not just as a student but also as a harmony teacher.

Back on home soil, Rob's musical journey has woven through stages and recordings with Kenny Wheeler, Jim Mullen, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His saxophone and clarinet melodies have graced international festivals and iconic stages, leaving an indelible mark on the musical landscape. As a leader and co-leader, Rob has crafted nine albums of original and improvised music, showcasing his dynamic collaborations, notably with pianist Chick Lyall. His compositions, published worldwide, reflect a creative brilliance that extends to nurturing the next generation of musicians at St Mary's Music School. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽ“

Rob has just recently published his latest Sonatina for Saxophone & Piano and the performers were former pupils John Hall (saxophone) and Carlo Massimo (piano) with current pupil Viktor Seifert acting as recording engineer. Link below!

Stay tuned for more glimpses into the lives of our incredible teaching team! ๐ŸŽถโœจ


๐ŸŽถ Friends of St Mary's Music School ๐ŸŽถ

After our recent Annual Friends Event, we caught up with one of our Friends to talk about the event, and what it's like being a Friend of St Mary's Music School:

"We really enjoyed our evening at the Friends event and look forward to many more such events. It feels good to be able to renew our connection with the school in this way. St Mary's Music School provided a wonderful education in a particularly caring environment for our son and daughter, and itโ€™s gratifying to see the school is continuing to develop and prosper."

Do you share our passion for music? Join our School community today by becoming a Friend of St Mary's Music School! For a donation of ยฃ10 per month, you can support the future of music and enjoy some fantastic musical experiences too! ๐ŸŽต

๐Ÿค Why become a Friend?

โœจ You'll support our pupils to realise their musical potential.

โœจ You'll be part of a passionate community that shares your love for music.

โœจ Exclusive experiences: You'll receive invitations to School performances throughout the year, as well as access to unique School events and the chance to get to know the School and our staff.

Click the link below to become a Friend today


Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 21/11/2023

A big shoutout and thank you to Mrs. Elliot from Nationwide Building Society for visiting our Primary Class yesterday! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’ฐ Her insightful talk about money was not only informative but also very engaging. We all had a blast learning about the fascinating world of finances! ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ“š

Thanks to Mrs. Elliot's expertise, our pupils are now equipped with valuable knowledge about money. Thank you for taking the time to share your insights and making learning so much fun! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽ‰

Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 21/11/2023

๐Œ๐จ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ ๐จ!

๐ŸŒŸ Dive into Linguistic Brilliance! ๐ŸŒ

Yesterday, our modern languages teachers sparked excitement with German, French, and Italian word games! House-divided teams, spanning all ages, collaborated passionately to match words with picture cards.

Prizes and house points were handed out to all those teams who managed to finish the challenge.

๐Ÿ† Congratulations to Natalie, Emily, and Lily of Team Grosvenor for seizing first place! ๐ŸŽ‰


At St. Mary's Music School, our mission to nurture talented young musicians is only made possible through the generosity of the Schoolโ€™s community of parents, Friends, donors, corporate partners, Trusts and Foundations and the support of the Scottish Governmentโ€™s Aided Places Scheme. Each contribution, whether large or small, plays a crucial role in helping us continue to provide a world-class music and academic education to our pupils.

Charitable Trusts and Foundations have a rich history of supporting St Mary's Music School, particularly in pivotal areas such as our Instrument Fund and the provision of Bursaries. Whether through single donations for specific projects or multi-year funding, each grant plays an invaluable part in helping us to nurture the next generation of professional musicians.

Huge thanks to all of the Schoolโ€™s supporters and funders for your generosity.


As Anti-Bullying Week 2023 comes to a close, our Primary class has dedicated their efforts to craft a meaningful display centred around the theme, 'Listen Up!'. Reflecting on this week, here are some key takeaways:

๐ŸŒŸ โ€˜My feelings are importantโ€™
๐ŸŒŸ โ€˜Adults should listen and keep us SAFEโ€™
๐ŸŒŸ โ€˜We have the right to feel safeโ€™
๐ŸŒŸ โ€˜Adults should take Bullying SERIOUSLYโ€™
๐ŸŒŸ โ€˜We look after each otherโ€™

At St Maryโ€™s Music School, we practice what we've learnedโ€”everyone's feelings are valued, adults are attentive guardians ensuring our safety, and the right to feel secure is a shared commitment. Bullying is tackled head-on, with adults treating it seriously. But it doesn't stop thereโ€”our mantra is simple: we look out for each other. It's this collective spirit that forms the basis of a bully-free environment. Together, we stand strong against bullying, creating a space where kindness reigns, and every voice is heard. ๐ŸŒˆ

Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 17/11/2023

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ‰ A crescendo of applause echoed through the chapel as the final notes of our Buddy Concert series filled the air yesterday! ๐ŸŽถ Bravo to all the incredible performers who graced the stage; your passion and talent is nothing short of inspiring!

The bond formed through these performances goes beyond the notes played; it's a testament to the sense of community we hold dear at St. Mary's Music School.

The Buddy Concerts, demonstrate our commitment to fostering inclusivity, not only showcase the musical prowess of our pupils but also exemplify the support and encouragement that permeate our school community. ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽถ

Well done to Head of School India and her team for organising all the concerts!

Stay tuned to our socials for the next Buddy activities! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŽ‰

Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 16/11/2023

Yesterday, the Primary class embarked on an interesting rainy field trip to the The Scottish Parliament! ๐ŸŒง๏ธ Exploring the intricacies of the building, they were especially excited to see the Debating Chamber. From learning about the workings of the Scottish Parliament to admiring the architecture, the pupils absorbed it all- this was evident from the impressive scores achieved in the fun quiz at the end of the visit! A special shoutout to Susan for the fantastic tour and Miles Briggs MSP for taking the time to answer our questions!

The adventure continued with a scenic route back to school, walking up the Royal Mile and passing by the UK Government and Edinburgh Council offices, learning more about how our country and city are governed.

It was an eye-opening day, filled with laughter, learning, and a bit of tiredness as we finally made it back to the School!๐ŸŒŸ


๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ ๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐“๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐ŸŽถโœ

Kerstin Holm, Biology and Eco-Schools Co-ordinator! ๐ŸŒŸ

Hailing from the Netherlands, Kerstin's journey to Edinburgh has been nothing short of an adventure. She's lived in various corners of the globe, gathering experiences that are as diverse as they are fascinating. ๐ŸŒŽ

From her early days studying Zoology to a stint as a dog groomer, guide dog trainer, and more, Kerstin's path led her to become our Biology teacher and the guiding force behind St Mary's Music School's EcoCommittee. ๐Ÿงซ๐Ÿถ

When Ms. Holm is in action, it's anything but ordinary. Whether it's peering through microscopes, delving into botany projects, or embarking on expeditions along the Water of Leith to explore biodiversity, she infuses her teaching days with a vibrant touch of curiosity and discovery. There's never a dull moment when Ms. Holm is at the helm of our Biology classes! ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ”ฌ๐ŸŒฑ

Photos from St Mary's Music School's post 14/11/2023

๐ŸŽ’This week is ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐’๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐!๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“•
Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country.

Why not share some of your favourite music related books (fiction or non fiction) for all the budding readers out there...


This week we are supporting Anti-Bullying Week, and throughout the week our pupils will be taking part in lessons to raise awareness about the impact of bullying. At St Maryโ€™s Music School we strive to always create a space where everyone feels heard, valued, and free to be themselves. โœจ๐ŸŽต

Letโ€™s stand together against bullying, and foster a culture of kindness and respect!


๐ŸŽถ ๐๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ'๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ยฃ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ!!๐ŸŽถ

Share your passion for music and support our talented young musicians at the same time. Your monthly donation helps us to fund everything from Masterclasses with international musicians to extensive performance opportunities, from tuning our fleet of pianos to ensuring we attract the very best teachers across all subject areas.

๐ŸŒˆ Benefits:

๐ŸŽตOur Friends are right at the heart of our School community - we will keep you in the loop with what's happening with regular emails
๐ŸŽตAn exclusive Annual Friends event and invitations to School events throughout the year

Ready to make a difference? Sign up now! ๐ŸŽตโค๏ธ


โ—๐‚๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐’๐‚๐Ž๐‘๐„๐’!โ—
๐ŸŽถ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ!โœ๏ธ

Young people across Scotland (age10 - 18) are invited to compose a 3-minute fanfare for tenor horn, baritone horn, euphonium, trombone, bass trombone, and tuba.

The new fanfare should celebrate, or bring to attention some aspect of the composerโ€™s local environment โ€“ a landmark, person or group that holds significance.

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Calling all music enthusiasts and business leaders!๐ŸŽถ

At St Mary's Music School, we're on a mission to empower talented young people, foster creativity, and promote the values of excellence and inclusion through the magic of music. ๐ŸŽต And we're looking to forge partnerships with businesses that share our passion!


There are a number of ways in which your business could partner with the School:

๐ŸŽถ Empowering the musicians of tomorrow through Scholarships

๐ŸŽถ Showcasing your brand through concert and programme sponsorship

๐ŸŽถ Advertising your business in our concert programmes

๐ŸŽถ Promoting your business via in-kind support

So, whether you're a local business, a national company, or anything in between, we'd love to chat about how we can work together. ๐ŸŒ  Get in touch with Caroline Libberton, the School's Development Manager, at [email protected] or by calling the School on 0131 583 7766.

And for more information on what a Corporate Partnership with the School could look like, take a look at our website:

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Edinburgh?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

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