Gaelic and Traditional Music

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig


Main Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This is the only Gaelic-medium degree programme that allows traditional musicians to study the music, history and traditions of the Gàidhealtachd within the broader contexts of Gaelic and related studies. As well as theoretical, practical one to one and group-work classes, students also perform regularly on tours and at major festivals and have the opportunity to spend a semester studying music in Ireland or Canada in Year 4. Throughout the programme, students study with leading musicians and scholars and forge essential links with other musicians and key individuals from within the music industry.

Music topics covered in the degree include one-to-one tuition in students' main performance-study, groupwork, singing, music theory, composing and arranging, history of Gaelic music and other skills vital to the music profession including music education, business studies and recording and producing.

The course is offered with the following traditional performance-studies although others may be considered on application: Accordion (piano or button key: chromatic or diatonic), Fiddle, Flute (black flute preferred), Gaelic Song, Highland Bagpipes, Keyboard and Scottish Harp (gut and/or wire-strung).

Entry Requirements

3 Highers at BBC including Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) or Gaelic (learners) at B. You will be required to attend an interview to assess your Gaelic language skills and an audition to determine your level of musical ability.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Gaelic and Related Studies

SCQF Level