Instrumental Instruction

Instrumental Instruction

Instrumental Instruction is offered on violin/viola, ‘cello, double bass, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano/keyboard, guitar, clarsach, chanter and pipe band drumming. With the exception of clarsach, bagpipes and pipe band drumming, all of the above instruments are taught at each secondary school but only one subject discipline may be offered in each primary school.  

Assessment for Selection

The assessment process takes place in primary schools each year in August and is kept as simple and as practical as possible. Its purpose is to ensure that instruction is offered fairly and equitably across all schools.

Assessment takes place at the P5 stage for violin, viola and ‘cello, and at the P6 stage for double bass, woodwind, brass, piano/keyboard, guitar, clarsach and chanter. Percussion and pipe band drumming are offered at the S1 stage.

All pupils are given an opportunity at some point in their school career to be considered for instruction.  Regrettably, not all pupils who want to learn to play an instrument can be offered tuition due to limits on teaching time. Neither private ownership of an instrument nor previous learning experience of an instrument gives any greater chance of an offer for instruction.

Depending upon demand and availability of instruments, places for instruction may also be available at S1 stage.

Lessons, Instruments and Music

Lessons are given weekly, in school time and where appropriate, an instrument will be loaned and available to take home.  A minimum of thirty lessons will be given in a school year. The cost of providing music for pupils’ use is the responsibility of parents/carers.

Contribution to the Running Costs of Instrumental Instruction

Fife Council applies a charge for Instrumental Instruction, currently set at £140 per annum for session 2015/16.  Learning is not charged per lesson.  The charge may be paid in instalments or by Direct Debit.

Fife Council allows exemption from payment where a parent/carer is eligible to claim Free Schools Meals for their child/children and also for those S4-6 pupils undertaking a full course where the instrument taught leads to a course certificate in music awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

For more information on Instrumental Instruction, please contact Sandra Taylor, Music Co-ordinator.

Sandra Taylor, Music Co-ordinator 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 19 35 Fax: 01592 583175 Contact Sandra Taylor online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ


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