Scots Music Group runs traditional music and song classes for adults, informal sessions, monthly ceilidhs and other social events.
We are a community-based charity in Edinburgh.

We’re working on our Term 1 ’24 programme – enrolment will open at the start of August

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Latest News

Come & Play 6

Come and Play together in an impromptu SMG Big Band on Sat 25th May! All post-beginners welcome. If you haven’t been before, give it a try – there’s no pressure to play absolutely everything, and...

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New Office Phone Number!

NEW OFFICE PHONE NUMBER! Our office number is now 0131 447 9548The old number will be active until the end of March but will only take messages.

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No Wednesday evening classes on 6th March

NO WEDNESDAY JGHS CLASSES THIS WEEK :: due to Parent Consultations running in James Gillespie’s today, 6th March, evening classes are cancelled. We will run replacement classes on Wednesday 27th...

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We’re working on our Term 1 ’24 programme – enrolment will open at the start of August

enrol here text box
enrol here text box
enrol here text box

Latest News

Come & Play 6

Come and Play together in an impromptu SMG Big Band on Sat 25th May! All post-beginners welcome. If you haven’t been before, give it a try – there’s no pressure to play absolutely everything, and...

read more

New Office Phone Number!

NEW OFFICE PHONE NUMBER! Our office number is now 0131 447 9548The old number will be active until the end of March but will only take messages.

read more

No Wednesday evening classes on 6th March

NO WEDNESDAY JGHS CLASSES THIS WEEK :: due to Parent Consultations running in James Gillespie’s today, 6th March, evening classes are cancelled. We will run replacement classes on Wednesday 27th...

read more

Find out more about our classes

Click on an instrument to read more and sign up

Accordion

Guitar

Song

Banjo

Mixed Instrument

Ukulele

Fiddle

Smallpipes

Whistle & Flute

Scots Music Group classes are:
  • open to anyone aged 18 or over
  • usually held over three continuous terms which align to the school year. Term 1 runs for 12 weeks starting in September; Term 2 for 10 weeks starting in January; Term 3 for 8 weeks starting in April
You should have an instrument to bring to class.
Learning by ear:
Scots Music Group encourages teaching and learning by ear. If you are new to this method of learning, don’t panic! Tutors will teach slowly and will work at a pace suitable to the group.  It is highly recommended that you bring a recording device to your class. Tutors will also share music and songs as the class prefers e.g. photocopies or cloud storage.
Read our Class FAQ for answers to some typical questions about SMG classes.
2023/24 Classes
TUESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 2
Mixed Instrument 3D
Daytime Song Session
WEDNESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 1
WEDNESDAY EVENING
5-String Banjo online
Accordion classes
Mixed Instrument – Slow Session online
Mixed Instrument 3E – not running in Term 3
Scottish Smallpipes classes
Ukulele class
THURSDAY DAYTIME
Sing Together
THURSDAY EVENING
Fiddle classes
Guitar classes
Whistle/Flute classes
BECOME A SMG MEMBER:
  • Membership runs from 1st August to 31st July each year
  • Membership costs £20/£15 concession
  • Membership gives a discount on class fees
  • Purchase membership before buying classes to receive the discount
  • Full membership info can be found here
TO ENROL:
    • New to SMG? Click ENROL’ and sign up
    • Already registered? Click ‘ENROL’ and sign in
    • Save money each term on standard classes by booking before the Early Bird deadline!
    • Take advantage of our termly Early Bird rates – find the dates here
Our concession rate applies to students, pensioners receiving state pension, those receiving benefits, jobseekers / unemployed, unwaged (e.g. carer, stay-at-home parent).
If you are unable to afford your class fees please contact the SMG office in confidence.
2023/24 Classes
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5-String Banjo
Michael Starkey

Accordion
Gordon Deans
Keith Dickson
Sheena Dickson

Scottish Smallpipes
John Anderson
Andrew Macintyre

Ukulele
Colin Graham

Fiddle
Claire Campbell
Claudia Edwards
Iain Fraser
Amy Geddes
Becky Leach
Kristina Leesik
Kirstie Mclanaghan

Whistle/Flute
Tiernan Courell
Freya Rae

Guitar
Graeme Armstrong
Frank McLaughlin
Jack Weir

Mixed Instrument
Nigel Gatherer
Calum MacLeod
Sarah Northcott

Song
Kirsty Law
Mary McCann

Accordion

Guitar

Song

Banjo

Mixed Instrument

Ukulele

Fiddle

Smallpipes

Whistle & Flute

Scots Music Group classes are:
  • open to anyone aged 18 or over
  • usually held over three continuous terms which align to the school year. Term 1 runs for 12 weeks starting in September; Term 2 for 10 weeks starting in January; Term 3 for 8 weeks starting in April
You should have an instrument to bring to class.
Learning by ear:
Scots Music Group encourages teaching and learning by ear. If you are new to this method of learning, don’t panic! Tutors will teach slowly and will work at a pace suitable to the group.  It is highly recommended that you bring a recording device to your class. Tutors will also share music and songs as the class prefers e.g. photocopies or cloud storage.
Read our Class FAQ for answers to some typical questions about SMG classes.
2023/24 Classes
TUESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 2
Mixed Instrument 3D
Daytime Song Session
WEDNESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 1
WEDNESDAY EVENING
5-String Banjo online
Accordion classes
Mixed Instrument – Slow Session online
Mixed Instrument 3E – not running in Term 3
Scottish Smallpipes classes
Ukulele class
THURSDAY DAYTIME
Sing Together
THURSDAY EVENING
Fiddle classes
Guitar classes
Whistle/Flute classes
BECOME A SMG MEMBER:
  • Membership runs from 1st August to 31st July each year
  • Membership costs £20/£15 concession
  • Membership gives a discount on class fees
  • Purchase membership before buying classes to receive the discount
  • Full membership info can be found here
TO ENROL:
    • New to SMG? Click ENROL’ and sign up
    • Already registered? Click ‘ENROL’ and sign in
    • Save money each term on standard classes by booking before the Early Bird deadline!
    • Take advantage of our termly Early Bird rates – find the dates here
Our concession rate applies to students, pensioners receiving state pension, those receiving benefits, jobseekers / unemployed, unwaged (e.g. carer, stay-at-home parent).
If you are unable to afford your class fees please contact the SMG office in confidence.
2023/24 Classes
Click here for tutor details

5-String Banjo
Michael Starkey

Accordion
Gordon Deans
Keith Dickson
Sheena Dickson

Scottish Smallpipes
John Anderson
Andrew Macintyre

Ukulele
Colin Graham

Fiddle
Claire Campbell
Claudia Edwards
Iain Fraser
Amy Geddes
Becky Leach
Kristina Leesik
Kirstie Mclanaghan

Whistle/Flute
Tiernan Courell
Freya Rae

Guitar
Graeme Armstrong
Frank McLaughlin
Jack Weir

Mixed Instrument
Nigel Gatherer
Calum MacLeod
Sarah Northcott

Song
Kirsty Law
Mary McCann

Ceilidhs

Our ceilidhs are lively, friendly, informal and fun for all ages. You’ll be made welcome whether you come on your own or with a party. You don’t need to know what to do – a caller will explain the dances and there are lots of friendly folk to give you a hand and get everyone up dancing.

Our ceilidhs often sell out – you may get tickets at the door on the night, but please buy in advance to be sure!

We run a fund-raising raffle during the break. If you have a prize you wish to donate please get in contact, drop it off at our office in the Eric Liddell Community or bring it along on the night.

SMG INFORMATION

Links to all the key information

ABOUT
SMG

INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS

CLASS
FAQ

GOLDEN
RULES

GENERAL
MUSIC INFO

TERM
DATES

FEES &
REFUNDS

MEMBERSHIP

GIFT
AID

PRIVACY

OFFICE LOCATION
& HOURS

NEWSLETTERS
ARCHIVE

MERCHANDISE

FIND OUR
VENUES

CEILIDH
FAQ

HIRE A
CEILIDH BAND

AGM
MINUTES

WORKSHOP
FAQ

TRAD MUSIC
DIRECTORY

REMEMBRANCE
BOOK

SMG INFORMATION

Links to all the key information

ABOUT
SMG

ONLINE CLASS
& ZOOM

CLASS
FAQ

GOLDEN
RULES

GENERAL
MUSIC INFO

TERM
DATES

FEES &
REFUNDS

MEMBERSHIP

GIFT
AID

CONTACT

OFFICE LOCATION
& HOURS

NEWSLETTERS
ARCHIVE

MERCHANDISE

FIND OUR
VENUES

CEILIDH
FAQ

HIRE A
CEILIDH BAND

AGM
MINUTES

WORKSHOP
FAQ

TRAD MUSIC
DIRECTORY

REMEMBRANCE
BOOK