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.


‘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.


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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