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?

The First Minister reaffirmed in Parliament on 26 May the initiative to abolish fees for instrumental music tuition in schools within the new Government's first 100 days commitment.

The funding for 2021-22 is intended to see the pre-pandemic level of provision to local authorities sustained with no cost to families while a new sustainable funding model will be developed this year. 

Therefore, families in Scottish Borders will not receive a charge associated with any part of their child's music tuition for the following academic year.

We hope this initiative helps to encourage students to continue their instrumental lessons and indeed encourage new pupils to consider playing an instrument.

Instrument loan

We may be able to provide an instrument on loan, please contact the music service for further details. The funding is intended to cover the cost of instrumental hire as well as tuition however. 

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.