Apply for music tuition at school

Due to high demand, online applications are now closed.

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.

Who can apply for lessons?

Pupils from Primary 5 and above will be able to apply for lessons in June 2022.

Cost of lessons

There are no charges for lessons for the academic year 2021/2022.

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 will be online using Google MEETS.  Some lessons may also take place remotely after school. Parental agreement forms for online tuition will be included in the registration process in September. 

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. Senior pupils (S4 to S6) reports will be issued in December and Junior pupils (Primary 6 to S3) will be issued in May. 

How do I get lessons for my child?

Due to high demand, online applications are now closed. You will be able to apply online for lessons here from June to October. We will make every effort to accommodate your child, but if there are no vacancies they will go on a waiting list.

Some music instructors may still have limited spaces. Please ask at your child's school.

My child already gets lessons at school. Do I need to re-register for lessons?

Yes. If you have not registered online, ask your child to ask for a registration pack from their music instructor.

Are there any other opportunities to learn a musical instrument outside school time?

The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) supports 3 after school projects for strings, brass and woodwind. 

Details for joining these groups will be sent to parents in September 2022. Places for the 2022/2023 academic year are available for P5 pupils only.

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 music as a career.

School ensembles are limited at the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, it is hoped that they will emerge to pre-covid levels throughout this academic year.

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