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PE01694: Free Instrumental Music Services


Petitioner: Ralph Riddiough


Date Lodged: 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. 

Petition History:

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.

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Access to the valuable experience of learning an instrument is a vital aspect of excellence in education. Don't let it be the province of the affluent elite.

Isla Skinner

9:15 on 19 Jun 2018

All of my children played instruments at school and I have grandchildren that play instruments too. But sadly I see that some countries are stopping music lessons. How sad and misguided. The benefits outweigh the cost.

LoisMonica Mackay

9:12 on 19 Jun 2018

Music is essential for many different parts of life helping learn other subjects relaxation and expressing ourselves easily

Maureen lundy

23:00 on 18 Jun 2018

Every child should have the access to musical education and the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and their families wealth or lack of wealth should not get in the way of this. Music has always been a huge part of my life and that started at school in Aberdeen with free musical tuition and the free ensembles alongside this. Countless studies have shown the benefits to a child's whole education if music is also a part of this, the benefits are felt throughout the whole school and in the wider community. Scotland has a fantastic heritage of music that we are in danger of losing if fees are imposed on the individual. I would love it if the Scottish government took the lead on this and showed the rest of the country that it believes music in schools for every child is a right, then hopefully other governments will follow your lead.

Louisa Gawn

22:16 on 18 Jun 2018

Instrumental music should not ever be an income driven opportunity. Music is the one of the only options children and adults have to share in a teamwork experience, working in an exceptionally unique and educational setting. Music is the ONLY universal language - in a time where Scotland is reaching out to the rest of the world, we should be broadcasting loud and clear the talents of ALL of our young people for everyone to hear.

Kieran Young

21:29 on 18 Jun 2018

Free instrumental music services is a perfect way to grow music capable persons in Scotland.

Sid Pomper

20:42 on 18 Jun 2018

It is vital that children be given the opportunity to play a musical instrument. It can enhance their lives enormously and provide alternative career paths for some. It would be a travesty for funding to be cut for music and the arts.

Jennifer Downie

19:28 on 18 Jun 2018

Every child in Scotland should be able to learn to play an instrument. We should encourage children to take up a musical instrument not discourage them.

Lorraine Cushway

19:25 on 18 Jun 2018

I am very often referred to as "Scotland's National Piper" in the media, due to all the high profile events I perform at worldwide promoting our Scottish music, heritage and culture. I wouldn't be fortunate to be in this position if I hadn't been given free music tuition in my state school in the seventies. I think it is shocking that paying for tuition is even being considered in state schools in Scotland. I will be at the Parliament tomorrow, blasting out my bagpipes and will be heard!

Louise Marshall

18:20 on 18 Jun 2018

Children should be encouraged to learn a musical instrument regardless of financial background, it can help them relax, gain confidence. All of this should be an inclusive part of the school curriculum

Jillian Laughlin

17:38 on 18 Jun 2018

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