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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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

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 – Intermediate
Mixed Instrument 3D – Advanced

WEDNESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 1 – Improvers
Scottish Song and Beyond

WEDNESDAY EVENING
5-String Banjo
Accordion classes
Mixed Instrument – Slow Session
Mixed Instrument 3E – Advanced
Scottish Smallpipes
Ukulele

THURSDAY DAYTIME
Sing Together

THURSDAY EVENING
Fiddle classes
Guitar classes
Whistle classes

BECOME A SMG MEMBER:

  • Membership runs from 1st August to 31st July each year
  • Membership costs £20/£15 concession (students financially affected by Covid-19 are welcome to pay membership & fees at the concession rate)
  • 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 at the link below the sign in screen
    • 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 2 tutor details

5-String Banjo
Michael Starkey

Accordion

Keith Dickson
Matthew Maclennan

Scottish Smallpipes
Malin Lewis
Andrew Macintyre
Fin Moore

Ukulele
Colin Graham

Fiddle
Bernadette Kellermann
Kirstie Mclanaghan
Eryn Rae
Isla Ratcliff
Sally Simpson
Eilidh Steel
Luisa Brown
Marit Fält

Whistle
Sam Gillespie
Freya Rae

Guitar
David Francis
Frank McLaughlin

Mixed Instrument
Nigel Gatherer
Sarah Northcott
Calum Macleod

Song
Kirsty Law
Robyn Stapleton

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 – Intermediate
Mixed Instrument 3D – Advanced

WEDNESDAY DAYTIME
Mixed Instrument 1 – Improvers
Scottish Song and Beyond

WEDNESDAY EVENING
5-String Banjo
Accordion classes
Mixed Instrument – Slow Session
Mixed Instrument 3E – Advanced
Scottish Smallpipes
Ukulele

THURSDAY DAYTIME
Sing Together

THURSDAY EVENING
Fiddle classes
Guitar classes
Whistle classes

BECOME A SMG MEMBER:

  • Membership runs from 1st August-31st July each year
  • Membership costs £20/£15 concession (students financially affected by Covid-19 are welcome to pay membership & fees at the concession rate)
  • 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!
  • Early Bird closes on Wednesday 1st September 2021 for Term 1 classes
  • 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
Fin Moore
Ailis Sutherland

Ukulele
Colin Graham

Fiddle
Claire Campbell
Jeri Foreman
Bernadette Kellermann
Kirstie Mclanaghan
Eryn Rae
Isla Ratcliff
Sally Simpson
Eilidh Steel
Rachel Walker

Whistle
Gillian Chalmers
Sam Gillespie
Andrew Macintyre
Freya Rae

Guitar
David Francis
Frank McLaughlin
Michael Starkey
Jack Weir

Mixed Instrument
Nigel Gatherer
Sarah Northcott
Calum Macleod

Song
Kirsty Law
Robyn Stapleton

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 priceChildren 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 in to the venue 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.

Venue

Binks Hall
Greyfriars Charteris Centre
138/140 Pleasance
Edinburgh
EH8 9RR

Tickets

£12/£8 concession in advance
£15/£10 concession on the door
No printed ticket required

Time

Doors open 7.15pm
Dancing  from
7.30pm – 11pm

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