Music tuition in schools

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

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. 

What my child will get out of lessons

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

Cost of lessons

  • Since August 2019, lessons cost:
    • £215.34 for a full school year
    • £143:56 for 2 terms
    • £71:78 for 1 term.
  • Pupils receive a minimum of 28 lessons per year, either individually or in small groups.
  • Parents may be asked to provide music and some equipment like strings, reeds, or valve oil.
  • Parents may also be asked to pay fees for non-SQA exams.
  • If parents wish to buy an instrument, the child's music instructor can advise on the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme. This offers large savings and no VAT. 

When lessons take place

Lessons take place during school time. Secondary pupils are taken out of classes on a rotational basis. Many studies show that even though they are withdrawn from classes, children who learn music consistently out-perform those who do not.

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.

Note that it's impossible to provide lessons on every type of instrument in every school.

Playing in ensembles

Children 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 music as a career.