Instrumental music tuition at school

A professional team of music instructors works closely with schools to deliver an exciting and challenging curriculum.

What your child will get out of lessons

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

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

Cost of lessons

There is no charge for lessons for the academic year 2022/2023.

When do lessons take place?

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

Although lessons will mainly be face-to-face, some lessons may be online using Google MEETS. Some lessons may also take place remotely after school. 

Parental agreement forms for online tuition are included in the registration process. 

Will my child sit exams?

There are opportunities to sit graded exams from one of the major bodies, including ABRSM and Trinity Schools of Music. These exams attract valuable points which can be recorded on University (UCAS) application forms.

Progress is monitored throughout the year and parents will receive an annual progress report. 

How do I get lessons for my child?

This year our instructors will show all available instruments to all Primary 6 classes. Parents are informed via Primary Schools when this will happen.

Interested pupils are given some aptitude exercises to test for suitability on instruments. The instructor will use their professional judgement to select pupils for lessons.

If demand exceeds supply, the instructor will create a waiting list for those not selected in the first phase.

Secondary pupils can apply for lessons through their school music department.

Playing in ensembles

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

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