Apply for music tuition at school

A professional team of music instructors work closely with schools to deliver a varied and challenging curriculum.

What your child will get out of lessons

There are many benefits to learning a new instrument, like improved concentration, self-discipline, social skills and more.

Many studies show that even though the lessons happen in class time, children who learn music consistently out-perform those who do not.

400 parents, carers and pupils responded to a recent survey about the benefits of music tuition.

Who can apply for lessons

All pupils can apply for lessons as long as instruments are available. No previous experience is necessary.

Pupils normally start in P6 or S1, but lessons may be available to older pupils or those wishing to start a second instrument where space allows.

(Awaiting application form for 2020/21)

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Cost of lessons

  • Lessons cost:
    • £215.34 (August 2019 to June 2020) – 3 instruction blocks
    • £179.45 (October 2019 to June 2020) – 2.5 instruction blocks
    • £143.56 (January 2020  to June 2020) – 2 instruction blocks
    • £71.78 (April to June 2020) – 1 instruction block
  • Pupils receive a minimum of 28 lessons per year, either individually or in small groups.
  • Parents may also be asked to pay fees for non-SQA exams.
  • There is no charge for pupils on free school meals.
  • There is no charge for pupils undertaking Nat5/Higher/Adv Higher in the senior phase, as the fee of £700 per pupil is covered by the school within the respective exam year. Therefore there is no charge in the 2019/20 session.
  • There are 100 places reserved for those families on joint household incomes less than £26,884. (Eligibility will be discussed with you – for example tax credit award form TC602 or universal credit journal statement).

When lessons take place

Lessons take place during school time. Secondary pupils are taken out of classes on a rotational basis.

Will my child sit exams?

There are opportunities at any level of experience to sit Grade Exams from one of the major bodies, like the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. These exams attract valuable points which can be recorded on University (UCAS) application forms.

Progress is monitored throughout the year, and reports issued once a term. Parents have annual opportunities to meet with instructors.

How do I get lessons for my child?

Children are assessed both for lessons in general and for particular instruments. The instructor will recommend the most suitable instrument in consultation with you and your child. Assessments will be carried out in your child's school.

If you would like to apply for lessons, return the application form given to your child as soon as possible.

Playing in ensembles

Children will have opportunities to play in various ensembles, both at school and regional level, performing locally, nationally, and internationally.

For details of school ensembles:

Many of Midlothian's young musicians also play with national ensembles, and several go on to study music and to pursue music as a career.

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