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