Those new to Zoom can read our step-by-step guide here. This will tell you how to set up Zoom so that you can join the class. Your tutor will be able to help you with technical questions once you have joined the class.

We’re delighted to be able to offer an online Term 1 from September. Although schools plan to open in August, we’re not yet able to book venues, and social distancing would mean that classes wouldn’t be viable. Because we’re online, things are a little different, so please read this information carefully.


Our classes are using the Zoom video conference platform. We have produced information for students on how to use Zoom, and we are offering pre-term Zoom support sessions for those who haven’t used Zoom before.

It is possible to join Zoom classes by telephone via an Edinburgh phone number (so you can hear what’s happening but not see it). If you would like to join any class by phone, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE so that we can make sure you have the right information.

Click here for Zoom information and details of these support sessions.


We are not initially running online classes for beginners this term. If you are interested in a beginners’ class, please let us know by contacting the office. For some instruments, it may be possible to start a class online if there is enough demand, and we will certainly contact you once we are able to run beginners’ classes again.


We have also produced a short guide to the basic features of Zoom, and useful points of Zoom etiquette, so all Zoom users should read it – click here.

We want to make sure that your online experience is as safe and happy as possible. SMG has produced a Safeguarding Policy which has recommendations about staying safe online for both students and tutors. You can read it here.

Zoom for Absolute Beginners

We are running pre-term support sessions for those who are not confident about using Zoom and have not used it before. These will be led by Development Worker Sarah Northcott and supported by Coordinator Helen Reid and members of the SMG Board. These sessions will help you use Zoom’s basic features and will include telephone support for those struggling to get Zoom to work. If you are confident in using online technology, please don’t book a place – if you can get to your first class, your tutor will help with any further questions. These sessions are free but must be booked.

You will be sent more information about the session a couple of days beforehand. When you book your place, you will be asked what device you will be using for Zoom e.g. PC/Mac/laptop/tablet/smartphone.

As Zoom works slightly differently on each, we need to know what you will be using so that we can give you the right instructions at the session.

Please signIN and, under new booking, choose one session:

Tuesday 1st September 2pm – 3pm or Tuesday 1st September 7pm – 8pm

SMG student Pav Verity has been looking at the potential for using programs such as Jamulus and Jamkazam to set up sessions where people can play together in real time (which isn’t possible on Zoom). To do this, you need a bit of extra equipment and one computer to act as a server to bring everyone together. Pav would like to bring together SMG students who would like to explore this further. He admits he doesn’t have all the technical knowledge necessary, so he’s particularly keen to make contact with anyone who has experience of setting up computers as servers.
More information from Pav is available Playing Together Online and anyone interested in getting involved should contact him via the SMG Office on