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.

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POSTPONED BEGINNERS’ CLASSES

As we had very low numbers in our ukulele, smallpipes, whistle and piano accordion beginners' classes, we've decided to postpone these classes until January. You will soon be able to book these...

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VIOLINS FOR BEGINNERS

Are you a beginner fiddle player that needs a fiddle? Stringers have instruments available that are second hand/ex hire that would be ideal for adult beginners. They have a special price of £100 for...

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TERM 1 ENROLMENT IS NOW OPEN

Enrolment in Term 1 is now open! The membership fees are £20 full and £15 concession. Click on Enrol to pay for membership and to enrol.

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ENROLMENT FOR TERM 1 2022

We are delaying opening our enrolment in Term 1 until we hear from our evening venue, most likely in mid August, however you can now pay for 2022/23 membership. The membership fees are £20 full and...

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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.
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
Scottish Smallpipes classes
Ukulele class
THURSDAY DAYTIME
Sing Together
THURSDAY EVENING
Fiddle classes
Guitar classes
Whistle/Flute class
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 log in
    • Save £15.00 per 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)

 

Consider becoming a SMG member to receive discounts on class prices
Click here for Term 1 tutor details
5-String Banjo
Michael Starkey
Accordion
Keith Dickson
Matthew Maclennan
Scottish Smallpipes
John Anderson
Malin Lewis
Andrew Macintyre
Gary West
Ukulele
Colin Graham
Fiddle
Claire Campbell
Bernadette Kellermann
Kirstie Mclanaghan
Eryn Rae
Linda Rankin
Isla Ratcliff
Sally Simpson
Madeleine Stewart
Whistle/Flute
Freya Rae
Guitar
David Francis
Frank McLaughlin
Mixed Instrument
Keith Dickson
Nigel Gatherer
Sarah Northcott
Song
Sylvia McGowan
Kirsty Law
Mary McCann

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.

TUESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 2
Mixed Instrument 3D
Daytime Song Session
WEDNESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 1
Scottish Song and Beyond
WEDNESDAY EVENING
5-String Banjo online
Accordion classes
Mixed Instrument – Slow Session online
Mixed Instrument 3E
Scottish Smallpipes classes
Ukulele classes
THURSDAY DAYTIME
Sing Together
THURSDAY EVENING
Fiddle classes
Guitar classes
Whistle/Flute classes

BECOME A SMG MEMBER:

  • Membership runs from 1st August-31st July each year
  • Membership costs £20/£15 concession
  • Membership gives a discount on Scots Music Group 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 at the link below the sign in screen
  • Already registered? Click ‘ENROL’
  • Save £15.00 per term by booking before the Early Bird deadline!
  • Our concession rate applies to students, pensioners receiving state pension, those receiving benefits, jobseekers / unemployed, unwaged (e.g. carer, stay-at-home parent)
  • Consider becoming a SMG member to receive discounts on class prices

Click here for full tutor details

5-String Banjo
Michael Starkey

Accordion

Keith Dickson
Matthew Maclennan

Scottish Smallpipes
Malin Lewis
Andrew Macintyre
Gary West

Ukulele
Colin Graham

Fiddle
Claire Campbell
Luisa Brown
Bernadette Kellermann
Kirstie Mclanaghan
Eryn Rae
Isla Ratcliff
Sally Simpson

Whistle
Sam Gillespie
Freya Rae

Guitar
David Francis
Frank McLaughlin

Mixed Instrument
Nigel Gatherer
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.  Since the venue is a community centre, children are welcome, so long as they are not in the bar area. Bear in mind that ceilidhs can get quite energetic, so they may be less suitable for younger children. Children aged 5 to 16 are charged at the concession price. Children under 5 get in free but need to be issued a ticket, so please contact the SMG office by phone or email to ask for a free child’s ticket

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

Please note that your own alcohol cannot be brought into St Bride’s as this contravenes the licence. Water is available free of charge.

Personal announcements can be made during the break, for example, a birthday, wedding or any other type of celebration. If you would like an announcement made please email the SMG office at least 10 days beforehand with your message.

We run a fund-raising raffle during the break. If you have a prize you wish to donate, please call the SMG Office on 0131 555 7668, or bring it along on the night.

 

CEILIDH DATES FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2022

8th October with Matthew Maclennan Band at St Bride’s

12th November with Bella McNabs Dance Band at Binks Hall

17th December with the Robert Fish Band at St Bride’s

Venue

St Bride’s Centre
Orwell Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH11 2DZ
There is a licensed bar in St Bride’s

Time

Doors open 7pm ~ Dancing from 7.30pm – 11pm

Venue

Binks Hall

Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138/140 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RR

BYOB ~ drinking water will be provided

Time

Doors open 7.15pm ~ Dancing from 7.30pm – 11pm

Tickets

In advance :: £12 full / £8 concession 
On the door :: £15 full / £10 concession (cash only on the door)
No printed ticket required

Dress

People come dressed in jeans, full highland dress – and everything in between!

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

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

Contact

Tuesday – Thursday

10am – 5pm

0131 555 7668

Visit

Scots Music Group

Eric Liddell Community

15 Morningside Road

EDINBURGH    EH10 4DP