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PE01694: Free Instrumental Music Services


Petitioner: Ralph Riddiough


Closing Date for Online Petition: 19 June 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to change the law to ensure that musical instrument tuition is available as of right to all children attending state schools in Scotland who wish it, free of charge. 

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Local petitions in South Ayrshire and West Lothian quickly reached 3,000 signatures.  

In West Lothian, the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland intervened and urged the Council to delay the cuts until children had been consulted, as is their right in terms of Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In Clackmannanshire the fees have been doubled for group, mixed instrument, lessons - making them the most expensive in Scotland at £524 per child, and the same price as one to one private lessons.

What is the story in your area?  You may have had charges for many years, or the service may have diminished due to cuts.

Please sign and share this petition to save our Instrumental Music Services

Very important!!!

Stan wilson

9:21 on 15 May 2018

Children have always been given free music lessons why do think there is so much talent around theses days

Linda Carpenter

6:48 on 15 May 2018

Music opened my mind to great pleasure please don't take it away from the children.

Andrew Wells

0:35 on 15 May 2018

Music should not be overlooked as an important part of our children's education and development.

Kirsty Aitken

13:25 on 14 May 2018

Where's the Curriculum for excellence in this decision?! Studies show that music helps behaviour, maths, social skills and confidence.

Nicola-jane Brown

20:50 on 13 May 2018

I think it is a travesty that the cuts always hit the music department so many children will suffer due to this surely the cuts can be made elsewhere .

Maria kean

13:32 on 13 May 2018

Children whose parents can pay will get by, but for all the children whose parents can't pay, they will lose the chance to learn a vital skill which also helps with other aspects of their education. And latent talent will go unnoticed. This must not happen!

Dr Karen E McAulay

22:55 on 11 May 2018

There is good scientific research that absolutely confirms the claims of this petition. Every other subject taught will benefit, and the mental health issues that cost so much heartache will reduce.

Ros Curwood

11:21 on 11 May 2018

! I can't imagine my life without music and it all started in free music education and instruments when i was at school in Scotland. Started when I was at primary school in Dunbeath, i can still remember playing the recorder and the poems and songs we presented on stage in Wick. Music was part and parcel of every school I attended in Scotland (7!), my brothers and I went on to be founder members of the local brass band while we were still at school and played for years afterwards, i played in orchestras, played in concerts across the UK, Albert Hall et al, played bass guitar in local bands in local pubs and clubs in Scotland and wrote some of the music we played. It really helped me with my maths and my confidence - i am not a pro, i still play and write music for my own fun, you dont have to be to be a pro to enjoy music, if i might add to that old adage - keep music live, keep music free in education.

Joe Sutherland

20:39 on 10 May 2018

It would be a sad day and a step backwards not to offer children the chance for a musical education

David moir

16:02 on 10 May 2018

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