Music education news and reports – Scotland

This post will be updated each time we add music education news and reports which are relevant to Scotland.


Scottish Government music education programme is ‘saved’ after four days of crisis and confusion, September 2022
A Scottish Government music education programme which aims to put “music at the heart of children and young people’s lives and learning” has been saved after being  plunged into crisis after having all its funding put on hold.
Scottish charity transforms music education with new learning software, May 2022
Drake Music Scotland is set to transform music education in Scotland with the launch of innovative new software called Figurenotes.
Many children ‘not receiving any music education’, December 2021
Survey finds 15% of Scottish primary teachers say music is ‘non-existent’ or ‘practically non-existent’ in their schools.
Scotland is leading the way for UK nations in music education says professor, November 2021
Scotland is leading the UK nations on providing children with vital access to music, according to top musician Professor Nicholas Daniel.
Big Noise music education scheme hailed as a success in Dundee, November 2021
Big Noise Douglas launched in the Douglas area of the city in 2017 and sees youngsters given music lessons while also building on their confidence and communication skills.
Music tuition fees removed for children in Scotland’s schools, July 2021
Children learning a musical instrument in school will no longer have to pay tuition fees in Scotland thanks to an agreement covering the 2021-22 academic year.
Scottish election 2021: Parties pledge to scrap musical instrument tuition fees in schools, April 2021
Four major political parties have pledged to scrap fees for musical instrument tuition in schools if they are elected in May.
SNP promises music tuition will be free to all pupils, April 2021
Music tuition promise made amid concerns about postcode lottery and impact of Covid.
Music tuition ‘rapidly’ becoming unaffordable for many in Scotland, December 2020
Urgent need to reverse the trend of charging for music tuition, warns teaching union.
‘It’s tragic’: Disharmony as council fees fuel continuing slump in music in Scots schools, December 2020
Soaring fees are putting music tuition out of reach to thousands of pupils in Scotland – despite campaigns to stop it becoming the preserve of the wealthy.
‘Don’t demonise singing’ – Sturgeon urged to allow children to take part in music lessons, November 2020
Teachers have called on Nicola Sturgeon to ‘stop demonising singing’ during the coronavirus crisis to allow children to be able to properly engage with music lessons.
How ‘blended learning’ has returned to Scottish schools, October 2020
Fresh concerns have been raised about the state of music lessons in Scottish schools as a new survey reveals teachers are having to employ ‘blended learning’ while hit with a lack of resources and support to allow online tuition.
Concern as pupils are starved of music tuition in Covid-hit Scots schools, September 2020
A meeting of the instrumental music teachers network of the EIS teachers union highlighted “serious concerns” over the impact of Covid-19 with tutor currently having limited access to schools.
High levels of engagement in lockdown music teaching in Scotland, September 2020
Research also shows negative impact of rules barring teachers and pupils from seeing each other during online music lessons.
This musical instrument library is helping Scots overcome mental health problems in lockdown, June 2020
Founded in 2018, Music Broth aims to make music more accessible and sustainable for communities across Scotland, especially during this difficult time.
Music tuition to remain free in Renfrewshire schools, February 2020
Council chiefs have confirmed they will “continue to invest” in instrumental lessons to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to be involved in music.
If music tuition is so vital to education the Scottish Government has got to fund it, February 2020
Almost a year ago the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee released a report which said all schoolchildren should be given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument free of charge.
Race to save music in Scottish schools, February 2020
Deacon Blue drummer Dougie Vipond does not believe he would be where he is today if it wasn’t for the education he received at Park Mains High School in Erskine.
Fife councillor accused of ‘political scaremongering’ over school music tuition fees, February 2020
Hiking the cost of instrumental tuition in schools by more than 50% is among a raft of options for plugging Fife Council’s enormous budget gap.
Parents fight back against music cut proposals, November 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council could become the first local authority in Scotland to remove instrumental instruction in schools – but campaigners are fighting back.
‘Alternative budget’ for Edinburgh residents could mean music tuition charges, May 2019
Residents are facing a “summer of uncertainty” after opponents claimed the Capital’s finance convener has refused to rule out alternative budget cuts including charging for music lessons to help bridge an expected £14m funding gap.
Scottish Education Secretary urges councils to provide free music lessons in schools, April 2019
John Swinney has urged all local authorities across Scotland to provide free music tuition for pupils.
Musical flashmob stuns Glasgow crowd in campaign against tuition cuts, April 2019
The musical flash mob took to Buchanan Street to campaign against the scrapping of free music tuition in Scottish schools.
Music teacher numbers plummet in Scotland as tuition fees impact on ‘depressing’ fall, April 2019
The number of music teachers working in Scottish primary schools has fallen by more than 40 per cent over the past seven years.
Members push SNP politicians for free music tuition in schools, March 2019
They called for politicians to address the 100,000 children missing out on music lessons in Scotland because of cost.
Music tuition denied to 100,000 children in Scotland, report finds
Scotland’s ‘incredibly rich’ music culture needs protection amid fears over cuts.
People power sees council reject plans to end free music for pupils, February 2019
People power won the day when controversial plans to axe music tuition were dropped after a huge protest outside a Scottish council.
Musicians, composers and educators call for free music tuition for Scotland’s pupils, February 2019
Scottish council to be first in country to axe school music tuition, February 2019
Midlothian Council is set to become the first Scottish local authority to cut music tuition in schools.
Campaign urging schools to put electronic music on agenda launches in Glasgow, January 2019
Two DJ’s have launched the initiative to try and protect music teaching in schools in Scotland.
Education chief in tune with call for free music tuition in Scotland, January 2019
Councillor George Smith said ‘ideally we’d not like to have any charges at all’.
Last waltz for music tuition in Scottish schools, January 2019
Rising tuition fees for pupils interested in learning music have led to an increase in those dropping out of classes.
Young musicians make impassioned plea over music tuition in Scotland, November 2018
Two Scottish Youth Parliament members give evidence to Holyrood’s education committee as part of its inquiry into music tuition in schools.
Rap tutorials help troubled Scots school pupils turn the page, June 2018


What’s Going On Now? offers an assessment of music education and youth music-making in Scotland, March 2019
It identifies the key issues and proposes a number of recommendations to tackle the inequalities in music education, change perceptions of music and its purpose, nurture music in schools, and facilitate new experiences and opportunities.


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