Instrumental instruction is offered on violin/viola, ‘cello, double bass, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano/keyboard, guitar, clarsach, chanter and pipe band drumming. With the exception of clarsach, bagpipes and pipe band drumming, all of the above instruments are taught at each secondary school, but only one subject discipline may be offered in each primary school.
Assessment for selection
The assessment process takes place in primary schools each year in August and is kept as simple and as practical as possible. We want to make sure that instruction is offered fairly and equally across all schools.
Assessment takes place at the P5 stage for violin, viola and ‘cello, and at the P6 stage for double bass, woodwind, brass, piano/keyboard, guitar, clarsach and chanter. Percussion and pipe band drumming are offered at the S1 stage.
All pupils are given an opportunity at some point in their school career to be considered for instruction. Regrettably, not all pupils who want to learn to play an instrument can be offered tuition due to limits on teaching time. Neither private ownership of an instrument nor previous learning experience of an instrument gives any greater chance of an offer for instruction.
Depending upon demand and availability of instruments, places for instruction may also be available at S1 stage.
Lessons, instruments and music
Lessons are given weekly, in school time and where appropriate, an instrument will be loaned and available to take home. A minimum of thirty lessons will be given in a school year. The cost of providing music for pupils’ use is the responsibility of parents/carers.
Contribution to the running costs of instrumental instruction
At present, there is no charge for Instrumental Music Lessons, in line with Scottish Government policy.
For more information on instrumental instruction, please contact Andrew Cowie, Education Development Officer - Music Service