About ELM


ELM School of Music was founded in January 2010 by Emma Lines and provides private instrumental tuition, events and workshops in the City of Edinburgh.

ELM School of Music is solely run by Emma, and any other tutors are friends and recommended teachers also working in Edinburgh, and work independently as freelancers. We are happy to put you in contact with any of them though, just get in touch.


Emma Lines

Emma Lines BMus Hons (Edin) MISM, owner of ELM School of Music, has been teaching pupils of all ages since 2002 at the time she was studying for her BMus (Honours) at the University of Edinburgh. Emma, while specialising in Recorder, also teaches Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone and Theory.

Emma owns private teaching practice, ELM School of Music founded in 2010, and has been teaching woodwind and piano since 2002.

Emma Lines is Head of Learning for Scotland’s leading Charitable Organisation and Scottish Charity of the year 2019, Drake Music Scotland where she leads on the strategic planning for young people’s music making and Figurenotes,  in conjunction with Scottish, UK and International partners. This includes having good knowledge of the Arts Sector in Scotland, particularly the field of Disability.

Emma is a Board Commissioner with the International Society for Music Education’s Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy, and Board Trustee for Music Education Council (MEC). For MEC, Emma was previously an elected member of the MEC Forum, and an active member in the ASN/SEND Special Interest Group, and as an outcome of her contributions, Emma co-wrote and designed the award winning “Short Guide To Accessible Music Education” in 2017 in partnership with Drake Music Scotland, Drake Music in England and Music Education Council. Emma was previously Board Director and Co-Chair of New Music Scotland, and the Edinburgh Youth Music Forum.

Her experience prior to Drake Music Scotland was as a Youth Music Initiative Coordinator for Edinburgh City Council on two projects offering free music tuition to primary age pupils, and as a Woodwind Instructor in Local Authorities across the Lothians. Emma had her first tutor book, Recorder Roundabout published in 2010.