Extra £1 million for musical instruments

Published on Monday, 17 December 2012 09:35
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Scottish schools will be provided with an additional £1 million to buy musical instruments for their pupils, it has been announced today.

The move has been made by Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan who has also formed a new group to address the issue of how music tuition is delivered, including the question of charges for pupils sitting SQA music exams.

Dr Allan said:

"We believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument as part of the broad general education they are entitled to under Curriculum for Excellence.  Currently, there are too many children being put off taking up music because of the cost of the instrument. I have asked for two clear courses of action to be taken to fix this.

"Firstly, the Scottish Government will provide Scottish schools with an extra £1 million to buy musical instruments.

"The belief that any young person who wants to learn music can is shared across the political parties and with local government. So secondly, I have asked that people come together in a new Instrumental Music Group to look at how we deliver music tuition, including the question of charges for pupils sitting SQA music exams. We believe the shared ambitions and goodwill that exists will result in a solution.

"The group's work will also examine how we ensure local musical traditions are catered for as well as studying what role the wider musical community can play in supporting our ambitions for our children."

Source: ©Scottish Government

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