Short Courses


Our popular music courses explore many musical genres and develop practical musicianship skills. As well as offering courses on individual composers, performers and musical periods, we offer courses through which students can enjoy making music together. No experience necessary!

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit


Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!

Term 1 Courses (from September 2019)


300 Years of Piano Music

Composition for Choirs *NEW*

Forgotten Sounds

Icons of Jazz

Mozart's Opera

Practical Musicianship

The String Quartet (1760 – Present)


Global Rhythms: Icons of World Music *NEW*

Learn the Acoustic Guitar

Learn the Acoustic Guitar: Absolute Beginners

Learn the Ukulele

Learn the Ukulele: Absolute Beginners

Term 2 Courses (from January 2020)


More of Larkin's Jazz

Practical Musicianship 2

The Life and Music of Claude Debussy

The Music of Chopin

Great Masterpieces


Learn the Acoustic Guitar
Learn the Ukulele

The Music of Scotland

Term 3 Courses (from April 2020)


Alexander Technique

Listening to Music

The Jazz Influence

The World of Opera

Important Information

For enquiries about the content of the courses in this subject area, please contact the Course Organiser - Rachael King -

For all general enquiries, please contact us on 0131 650 4400 or