SMG classes are open to anyone aged 18 or over and are held over three continuous terms which align to the school year, September to June, for 12, 10 and 8 weeks.

Most classes run for 3 continuous terms starting in September, with teaching progressing over 30 weeks in total. It may be possible to join a class part of the way through the year but please contact the SMG Office first so we can check with the tutor if they are willing to take a new student after the year has started.

You should have an instrument to bring to class.

VENUES: All evening classes take place at James Gillespie’s High School, Lauderdale Street. Daytime classes take place in a variety of community halls; check the individual class listings for information.

ROOM NUMBERS for James Gillespie’s are given in each individual class listing.

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, for example with photocopies or a cloud storage facility, e.g. Dropbox.

Read our Class FAQ for answers to some typical questions about SMG classes.

Membership & enrolment for 2019/20 opens on Thursday 1st August 2019.

To enrol, click “Book Online” to the right, or from the relevant class page, and follow the instructions.

Save £15.00 per term by booking before the Early Bird deadline!

Early Bird runs from 1st August 2019 until:
Tue 20th August (Term 1)  ∗  Tue 17th December (Term 2)  ∗  Tue 24th March ’20 (Term 3)

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.
Purchase your membership before buying classes to receive the discounts.

Membership runs from 1st August-31st July each year and costs £20/£15 concession.

Please note: week 12 of Term 1 is a ‘Stramash’ (on normal class night for James Gillespie’s High classes) and in week 10 of Term 2 we hold a Student Concert in addition to the classes.