Music fees abolished in Midlothian - but only for some

Pupils sitting music exams are to receive free instrument tuition – at the expense of those who are not.

Midlothian Council has decided to scrap charges for instrument tuition – but only for those sitting SQA exams.

While abolishing the fees will cost around £37,500, this will be met by increasing the annual price of tuition by £10 per instrument.

Currently there are 642 secondary pupils receiving music tuition with around 250 taking SQA courses.

Victor Bourne, who, as one of the council’s three religious representatives is entitled to speak on education matters, expressed his concern at a recent meeting of the full council.

He said: “There could be a perception that pupils who are playing music for pleasure are paying the cost for the SQA youngsters.”

Read full story in the January 3 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.