Study Music

Scotland is famous for its irresistible, toe-tapping traditional music. Uist has developed an international reputation for the teaching of traditional music and for providing many opportunities for performance and skills development related to the music professions.



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Music Courses

  • NQ Getting Gig Ready 

  • NQ Radio Skills

  • NC Music SCQF 5

  • NC Music SCQF 6

  • NC Sound Production

  • HNC Music

  • HND Music

  • HNC Sound Production

  • BA (Hons) Applied Music

  • MA Music & the Environment


Why study with us

You will learn from experienced lecturers, who have worked independently within the creative industries to help you develop and refine your creative and technical skills. As well as college study, students will benefit from our strong links with local venues, gaining hands-on experiences, being involved in gigs, recording and production based on real events.

An integral part of the course involves studying the Gaelic heritage and language, both of which have strongly influenced traditional music over the years.  You’ll have the chance to enjoy Gaelic festivals and discover the rich history behind the music.  Uist is well known for its strong Gaelic -language community and this provides an ideal and supportive environment to develop your language skills.  These classes will focus on conversation skills, and on making the most of being in a living Gaelic environment.  Examples of learning activities may include a trip to the local museum, potato planting or a beach walk delivered through the Gaelic language.

Over the years, the department has developed solid partnership programmes with local community groups such as Ceolas, Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre, festivals/feisean.  Our department also enjoys strong links with media and other agencies in the creative industries - meaning that each year we are able to respond to a variety of different opportunities available to us to provide a range of valuable learning experiences; including performance, teaching, recording or film and music.

student playing drums

"Coming from an island, deeply enriched in culture and tradition has played a huge role in my love for traditional Scottish music of Piping and Gaelic Singing in particular."

Chloe Steele HNC Music


The following Projects have been directed and led by Programme Leader, Anna-Wendy Stevenson, a fiddler and composer who has worked with a wide range of artists, organisations, universities, community groups, festivals and media.

Uist Music Scholarship 2023

We are delighted to offer a £1,000 scholarship to support an off-island student choosing to relocate to study traditional music on the Island of Benbecula.

Student Stories

Hear what our students say about studying with us