Instrumental Tuition

"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!"

Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

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Tuition is provided via schools, by visiting instructors, as part of the Instrumental Music Service (IMS).

Instrument tuition begins at different times depending on the instrument your child wants to play.

  • Violin from P4
  • Bagpipes and Cello from P5
  • Wind, brass and vocal from P6 
  • Guitar and percussion from S1

Whether or not your child is able to take an instrument will depend on the pupil's ability (as determined by the instructor), the number of places available and whether or not the child’s chosen instrument is available in their school.

All pupils will receive a minimum of 25 -30 lessons per school year, delivered over three blocks. Pupils who reach the appropriate standard will be encouraged to participate in school ensembles, bands, choirs and performances.

Selection and Trialling

Instrumental Music Instructor in Inverclyde are responsible for providing Instrumental Instruction in all of the authority primary and secondary schools.

If your child is interested in receiving instrumental instruction then the Instrumental Music Instructor concerned will test the pupils who have expressed an interest and then select children based on their musical ability. It should be noted that for some instruments there may not be enough places for all of the children who have expressed an interest.

If the pupil is selected, they will be offered a free trial. Trials will last up to one academic year and are free.


If your child has been selected for tuition, please note the following:

  • pupils in P4-P7 -  will receive free tuition, charges may apply in secondary school
  • pupils in S1-S3 -  parents are aked for a parential contribution of £120 a year, unless you are in receipt of benefits
  • pupils in S4-S6  - studying SQA/NQ  music are exempt from paying the £120 contribution fee
  • pupils in S4-S6  - not studing  SQA music parents are aked for a parential contribution of £120 a year, unless you are in receipt of benefits 

Your application will be assessed and if you do not qualify for payment exemption under the benefit rules, we will then send an invoice and standing order payment instruction, if you do not wish to set up a standing order the payment instructions to pay in full will be on the back of the invoice.




Page last updated: 16 July 2019