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.

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 2018 until:
Tue 21st August (Term 1)  ∗  Tue 11th December (Term 2)  ∗  Tue 26th March ’19 (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.