Scottish Young Composers Project is a multifaceted initiative supporting the development of skills in music composition for students in secondary schools. Central to this is a free year-long course which allows students who are able to travel to the University of Glasgow on a fortnightly basis on Friday evenings for mentoring sessions.

Throughout the year students will receive seminars and tutorials covering a variety of topics and skills, where they will work towards the development of a composition for small ensemble. During the course, students will have the opportunity to have their music workshopped by performance students at the University of Glasgow.

The programme is aimed to introduce a range of techniques in contemporary art music and may be of particular benefit to those seeking to study music at university or conservatoire level. It is hoped that beyond developing specific skills in composition, students will take away from this course an enhanced awareness of repertoire and enjoyment of listening and creating. 

The project has been designed by Dr. Jane Stanley, Senior Lecturer in Music and Head of Subject at the University of Glasgow, with the assistance of Kevin Leomo, PhD student and graduate teaching assistant.


Applications for 2019-20 are now open!

We invite applications from secondary students (between S4 and S6) interested in developing music composition skills. The course will run between October 2019 – April 2020 and sessions will take place fortnightly at the University of Glasgow music department on Friday afternoons between 4-6pm. Very importantly, we require a commitment to attending all sessions and completing homework throughout the year, as well as the final composition project.

You will be mentored by a senior undergraduate student, and over the course of the year you will receive tuition in score-based composition and guidance in composing a new piece.

All pieces will be played in a workshop by undergraduate performance students at the University of Glasgow.

How to apply:

Please download and email a completed application form to Dr. Jane Stanley (jane.stanley@glasgow.ac.uk).


SYCP-Application-Form-19-20 (PDF)

Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday September 16th.



Learn about the Scottish Young Composers Project from founder and co-director, Dr. Jane Stanley.

Hear from Scottish Young Composers Project mentors about the programme and what’s involved.