Music in schools


Lessons are weekly and last 25 to 30 minutes.  They usually take place in groups. Lesson spaces will be granted on a 'first come, first served' basis, following the submission of a completed online application - please follow the link below (Apply for music tuition). Please contact your child’s school for more information.

Your child will come out of class for their lesson. In secondary school the weekly lessons are on a rota system. This means your child won’t miss the same subject every week.

We provide tuition in:

  • woodwind

    • flute
    • oboe
    • bassoon
    • alto saxophone
    • tenor saxophone
    • clarinet
  • brass

    • trumpet
    • cornet
    • tenor horn
    • French horn
    • baritone
    • euphonium
    • tuba
    • trombone
  • strings

    • violin
    • viola
    • cello
    • double bass
  • piano

  • percussion

    • drum kit
    • orchestral and tuned percussion
    • timpani
    • Latin American percussion
  • guitar

    • acoustic guitar
    • bass guitar
  • bagpipes

Not all instruments are available in all schools. Check what's available with your primary school head teacher/classroom music teacher.


From August 2021 there will be no charge for instrumental music tuition or for the hire of a musical instrument.

As noted above, access to music lessons is dependent on completion of the online application, with applicants being granted lesson spaces on a 'first come, first served' basis. Please note that any application with outstanding balances from previous years will not be processed until the outstanding balance is cleared.

Buying an instrument

The assisted instrument purchase scheme allows VAT-free purchase of instruments. Consult your instrumental music teacher if you wish to buy an instrument.

Other activities

Throughout the year we provide a range of extra-curricular activities such as:

  • orchestras, bands and ensembles
  • residential music camps
  • participation in music festivals, concerts and competitions

These run at an additional cost. In some cases financial help is available. Contact your child’s instrumental music teacher if finance is a concern.


Applications for the current school year are now closed and will reopen again in August 2022.


There is no charge for instrumental music tuition.

Instrument hire

There is no charge for the hire of a musical instrument.

The instrument will be ready to play. You are responsible for the replacement of perishables such as reeds, strings and bow repairs. This is deemed reasonable wear and tear. You also need to buy materials necessary for lessons such as music and books. Instructors will always seek the most economical way of recommending such materials.

Loss and damage

Ensure your child takes good care of any council instrument. We recommend you insure the instrument. You will also meet the cost of making good any damage to or replacing the instrument. If the instrument is lost or damaged beyond repair you will pay for a replacement. The cost of any repair or replacement is decided by the Director of Finance or their representative, acting reasonably. It will be paid by you as soon as possible after we notify you of the cost by invoice. Current market prices will apply.

Do not attempt to repair any instrument or have an instrument repaired without seeking advance from the Education & Lifelong Learning Directorate. If a repair is necessary during a holiday contact ACCESSLine. They will direct you to the correct service.

Stopping lessons

We will discontinue lessons in the following circumstances:

  • unsatisfactory progress
  • lack of practice
  • loss of interest
  • lack of response to teaching or instruction
  • constantly forgetting instrument or music
  • poor attendance or non-attendance at four consecutive lessons without good reason
  • failure to acquire necessary music
  • unreasonable parental pressure to succeed
  • learning the instrument has become a distressing struggle
  • it is in the best interests of the child to stop

This would be done in limited circumstances, following consultation with your child, you (the parent/carer), the instrumental teacher and the school.

If you wish to stop lessons:

  • give immediate notice in writing to the instrumental teacher
  • return the instrument if this has been hired from Angus Council

Instruments not returned will be invoiced for full cost of a replacement.

Private lessons/music schools

Children attending private lessons, music schools or the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are not eligible for instrumental lessons at school on the same instrument.