Music service

Learning to play

We offer instruction in a variety of musical instruments.

Please contact the music service online or by phoning 01835 825097 to find out what instruction is available in your school.

Lessons take place weekly as part of the school day. Pupils attending instrumental lessons will miss their normal class. In secondary schools, timetables are planned to make sure pupils don't always miss the same lesson every week. Pupils will receive an annual progress report.

There may also be the opportunity to join bands and other instrumental groups within schools. Schools will be able to provide further information.

How much does it cost?

For the first year of instruction the charge is £103. This can be paid in full or six monthly instalments.

For all subsequent years the charge is £155 per year. This can be paid in full or six monthly instalments.

Pupils do not need to pay if:

  • they get free schools meals or school clothing/footwear allowance
  • they are in S4-S6 studying SQA music including free standing units

The maximum charge for any household is £310 per year.

Instrument loan

We may be able to provide an instrument on loan, please contact the music service for further details. If pupils are studying SQA music including free standing units there is a charge of £85 for the loan of any instrument.

Instrument purchase

As your lessons progress you may wish to purchase an instrument. Discounted prices are available through the music service.

Certain conditions apply. Pupils must:

  • attend a Scottish Borders school
  • receive music instruction from one of our instructors
  • receive private instruction working towards an SQA qualification

To discuss ordering an instrument we recommend that you contact your music instructor first.