The aim of the Instrumental Music Service is to provide a quality instrumental education programme in Perth & Kinross which offers opportunities for pupils to participate in a wide range of practical music making activities.

The Instrumental Music Service key objectives are:
  • Manage, Develop & Support - To manage, develop and support all aspects of the Instrumental Music Programme on behalf of Perth & Kinross Services
  • Opportunities - To provide a wide range of opportunities for pupils who wish to experience the expressive and creative qualities of learning to play a musical instrument
  • Enable - To enable all instrumental pupils to realise their full musical potential
  • Enhance - To enhance and support the music curriculum and musical activities in schools
Music Tuition
The service offers an exciting opportunity to participate in a unique course within education which will benefit all participants for the rest of their lives.
 
In order to maintain the excellent provision already established, there is fixed contribution of £295.00 for session 2019/2020. There are various payment methods which are detailed in the Instrumental Music Service Prospectus and Terms and Conditions for 2019/2020.  This can be viewed in our Resources tab www.pkcmusic.com/resources

There are also external support organisations that may be able to offer financial assistance towards lesson costs.  

Registration

Any pupil interested in receiving tuition should register online.  A link to register will be available from August 2019.   
 
Central Groups
Perth & Kinross run a series of authority music ensembles (Perth & Kinross Central Music Groups). The authority prides itself that there is a Central Group for all instrumental pupils to participate in, from beginner level right up to advanced.
 
The provision of ensembles is as follows:
Perth Youth Orchestra                                   Monday               6-00 - 8.15pm
 
Elementary & Junior String Orchestras   )     Wednesday         6.00 - 7.00pm
Junior Brass Band & Guitar Ensemble    )
 
Senior Strings, Percussion Ensemble     )      Thursday            6.00 - 7.30pm
Choir and Piping Ensemble                     )
 
Wind Ensemble, Concert Band               )       Friday                6.00 - 7.30pm
Wind Orchestra, Brass Band                   )   
                                                         
All rehearsals take place from September/October - March throughout the winter at the Music Centre, North Inch Community Campus, Perth.
 
The groups are coached weekly throughout the winter by highly experienced tutors and conductors and perform at many local concerts, highlighted at the end of the year by the Annual Central Groups Concerts in Perth Concert Hall at the end of March.
 
Members of Perth Youth Orchestra, one of the oldest established youth orchestras in Scotland, enjoy touring parts of Europe, usually every three years. Pupils receiving instruction within the schools system also get a chance to attend the annual Junior, Intermediate and senior music camps. These residential courses are a unique mixture of hard work, musical creativity and fun and for many who attend it is the highlight of their academic year.
 
Registration
Any pupil wishing to participate in any of the above Central Group should register by completing the online application which will be available from August 2019.  Instrumental Staff will always discuss the Central Group Provision with their pupils at the start of each new session.  

Parents will receive notification of confirmation of application and rehearsal/concert dates for the forthcoming session prior to commencement of first rehearsal.  
 
Charging
In order to maintain the excellent provision already established, there is an annual charge for membership to attend Central Groups in 2019-20 of £97.25 (payable in instalments, direct debit or by invoice).  Please note, membership allows pupils to attend more than one group at no extra charge.
 
Transport
Although there is no transport provided by the council to and from these groups, in the last few years an independent association, the Perth & Kinross Central Groups Transport Association, has provided transport from many areas. This provision is entirely dependent on the substantial funding the association receives from various fund-raising organisations and buses can only be provided by asking for a small subsidy from travelling pupils and only if there is sufficient numbers to run a bus. It would be helpful for all pupils who may be interested in using this means of transport to mark on the online Central Groups application that they are interested in doing so.

Music Camps
The Instrumental Music Service provides three annual residential music camps with a concert taking place at the end of each camp.

These courses are open to pupils who attend Central Groups but pupils who are not members of Central Groups are invited to apply if there are sufficient places left. These residential courses are a unique mixture of hard work, musical creativity and fun, and for many who attend, it is the highlight of their academic year.

Dates and costs for 2020 music camps will be confirmed shortly.  In the meantime, if you require further information, please contact the Instrumental Music Service on 01738 477878 or email Musicservice@pkc.gov.uk.