Music in schools


Lessons are weekly and last 25 to 30 minutes.  They usually take place in groups. 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.


There is no charge for children who are eligible for free school meals or a clothing grant.

The annual contribution for music tuition is £231.

Based on an average of 30 lessons per year, this works out as £7.70 per lesson.

There is a sliding scale for families with more than one child learning an instrument:

  Annual fee
1st child £231
2nd child £184.80
3rd and subsequent children £138.60

Instrument hire

Instruments (other than piano and percussion) are available to hire for a one-off annual payment of £30. This is non-refundable.

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 over and above your annual payments. In some cases financial help is available. Contact your child’s instrumental music teacher if finance is a concern.


To apply complete our online form:

Apply for music tuition


The contribution covers a minimum of 30 lessons between August and June.

You must settle previous balances in full before your child receives further lessons.

You pay using the school's' iPay system. If you have already created an account on iPay you will receive an email to confirm the account is active. If you have not registered for iPay contact your school office. They will give you a unique key to access iPay. If you are unable to access iPay we can provide an invoice. To apply for instrumental lessons in this manner email

You can pay in instalments throughout the year provided the required amount is settled each term.  

The first payment of £57.75 is required at the time of processing the application, you will be contacted by a member of the instrumental team with details to make payment, followed by three further payments of £57.75 by the following dates 30 September, 31 December and 30 March.  

If this payment has not been received lessons will not resume.   

If your child receives a discounted rate the expected payment each term would reduce to £46.20 for sibling rate 2 or £34.65 for sibling rate 3.

If your child received fewer than the minimum 30 lessons the balance will be carried forward to the following years balance.

If you get a sibling discount and one child stops lessons we will amend the iPay accounts as appropriate.

If you are exempt from payment and an account has been created on iPay let us know using our enquiry form.

Instrument hire

There is a flat-rate hire fee of £30 per year for instrument hire. This must be paid at the time of the first payment to complete the processing of the application form. There is no hire fee if:

  • you are exempt from paying for music lessons
  • your child is sitting an SQA exam
  • your child is learning percussion or piano

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 Head of Finance and Legal or his representative, acting reasonably. It will be paid by you as soon as possible after we notify you of the cost. Current market prices will apply.

Do not attempt to repair any instrument or have an instrument repaired. 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 following consultation with your child, you (the parent/carer), the instrumental teacher and the school. This right is exercised sparingly. In this case you would only be charged for the lessons taken along with the instrument hire.

If during the school year your child ceases tuition of their own accord, the current term payment will not be refunded. Any future termly payments would be reimbursed.

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
  • email to have your financial account adjusted

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.