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Music tuition in Scottish schools.

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We hear so much about the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), which allegedly encourages creativity and places this at the heart of pupil experience. In some cases this seems to be as long as you can afford it. STV news has reported that some councils are charging hefty fees for tuition in music.

Glasgow and Edinburgh councils are not among the guilty but six local councils charge or are planning to charge students taking music exams.

"Figures obtained by the EIS reveal that Aberdeen City Council generated £523,000 of additional revenue by charging 1863 pupils up to £340 each for music tuition, and even charged them for their exams at the end of the course."

http://news.stv.tv/scotland/189297-councils-make-nearly-3m-by-charging-shocking-fees-for-music-tuition/

I thought we paid for Education through Council Tax? Something right up the Tory street about this fee paying approach. The schools may argue that they are not profiting from this practice but it's certainly going to put up barriers to pupils from less affluent homes.

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Do you mean for private or small group instrumental tuition or for general class music lessons? Here music is part of the curriculum and incurs no extra fees but students can opt to pay for private instrumental tuition during school hours. These private lessons are certainly very expensive but cheaper than if the child were to have lessons outside school hours (and more convenient too). At our children's school there is a strong strings program and if the child is having lessons in violin or cello then they must also participate in the ensemble group practice (an extra $100 per term). Add that to around $25 per week tuition and $300 per year to hire a cello and it is definately a high cost activity. Not all schools here offer general music classes as part of the curriculum - depends on space and availability of a teacher.

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Do you mean for private or small group instrumental tuition or for general class music lessons? Here music is part of the curriculum and incurs no extra fees but students can opt to pay for private instrumental tuition during school hours. These private lessons are certainly very expensive but cheaper than if the child were to have lessons outside school hours (and more convenient too). At our children's school there is a strong strings program and if the child is having lessons in violin or cello then they must also participate in the ensemble group practice (an extra $100 per term). Add that to around $25 per week tuition and $300 per year to hire a cello and it is definately a high cost activity. Not all schools here offer general music classes as part of the curriculum - depends on space and availability of a teacher.

I don't think many schools will have general music lessons, Gayle. Students who opt to study music are being charged for tuition and also to sit exams.

Musical instruments are certainly expensive but if music is being offered as a subject then the instruments being taught should be the responsibility of the school. I'm pretty sure that many parents have unused guitars sitting around their homes - and maybe even the odd fiddle or mandolin. :rolleyes:

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