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.

Golden Rules

We know learning new things can be a nervous experience for many people and sometimes an intimidating environment, so it’s not always easy to remember your Ps and Qs when concentrating on getting your playing or singing right! So here are a few things to consider, to help foster a culture of respect for your tutors and fellow SMG students:

  • Arrive promptly to start your class on time. Students arriving late can disrupt the flow of the class. Also come a wee bit earlier if you need extra time to tune up, find a parking space or use the lift.
  • Avoid chatting, playing or tuning your instrument (also called ‘noodling’!) while tutors are talking or other students are asking questions.
  • Practise between classes if you can find the time.
  • Please don’t bring friends, family members or children with you to class.
  • Speak up! If for any reason things aren’t going to plan, your class isn’t what you expected or you don’t think it’s right for you – please do contact us. We want to know about any issues so we can help to put it right. It’s only through direct student feedback that we can make improvements.

Also some practical pointers for students at James Gillespie’s High School:

  • Please try to avoid entering the classrooms before 6.45pm.
  • Help keep the rooms tidy so classrooms are ready for school pupils the following morning.
  • Please help replace classroom tables and chairs at the end of your class.
  • Please leave the venue promptly, so the janitor can lock up.

Thank you!