Music Tuition

What Instrument Can I Learn?

Tuition is available in the following instrumental disciplines:

Discipline Normal starting stage
Woodwind P6 – S1
Brass P5 – S1
Violin/viola P5
Cello/double bass P5
Percussion S1
Piano/keyboard P5 – S1
Guitar P5 – S1 (YMI)
Bagpipes P5-S1
Vocal S1 (YMI)

All disciplines are taught in the secondary schools. However, not all disciplines are available in primary schools due to limited resources. Orchestral string instruments are not normally available to beginners at secondary level. Tuition is subject to availability.

How Much Does Music Tuition Cost?

Instrumental tuition is heavily subsidised by Perth & Kinross Council. The Council therefore has a policy of charging parents/guardians an annual fee of £245.85 payable in installments.  This fee represents a contribution towards the overall cost of tuition.


Tuition will be provided free of charge where the parents/guardians of the pupil are in receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance.  No other benefit (e.g. Working Families Tax Credit or Disabled Person’s Tax Credit) qualifies as an entitlement to free instrumental tuition.


All senior phase (S3 to S6) pupils receiving instruction on an instrument for an SQA course will be exempt from charges in the year of presentation only. SQA courses include Higher Music, Advanced Higher Music, National 4 Music, National 5 Music and free standing Music units e.g. ‘Performing Music on One Instrument or Voice’.

Exemptions are separate from any other offer of free tuition such as that provided with Youth Music Initiative funding.


If the IMS fails to deliver the minimum of 30 lessons over the academic session then a pro-rata payment will be refunded.  Pupils withdrawing from tuition will be liable for payment until the end of term. In some cases a refund will be issued; eg when a pupil leaving school. Refunds are at the discretion of the Instrumental Music Service Manager.

Registering for Tuition

You can register your interest in instrumental tuition by contacting the Music Service Department on either [email protected] or 01738 477878.  Places are subject to availability and are allocated to pupils on the basis of an interview and an assessment of musical interest and aptitude.  Applicants will be notified of the assessment outcome as soon as a decision has been made.

Further information

Further Information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page or the Instrumental Music Service Prospectus for 2017-18.