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“Theoretically, his tuition will cease after the summer and he will not be able to progress with the violin, while the guy next to him in class, who plays the trumpet, will still be having lessons.
It puts him at a disadvantage.”West Lothian’s proposal to stop providing school tuition for all string and percussion instruments is the first of its kind in Scotland.
A total of 22 councils now bill parents for musical instrument lessons, with annual prices ranging from £117 in Inverclyde to £318 in the Highlands, while a few charge a fee for the annual hire of instruments.
West Lothian, claims it has no other choice than to cut string and percussion provision if other instruments are to be saved.
Even children from low income families – who are entitled to reduced fees – will be expected to pay a rate of £117 a year, pricing many of them out of learning an instrument entirely.
Andrea Mc Laren, whose ten-year-old son, George, has been playing the clarinet for three years, while his brother, Sam, began learning the trombone at the beginning of this school year, says the decision will have a catastrophic effect on musical provision in the area.
She plans to keep her children in the school lessons for the meantime, in a bid to help prop up the system – and the infrastructure of orchestras and bands which surround it.“With two in the system, my tuition bill will be more than £1,000 annually.
Clackmannanshire has recently revealed plans to more than double the cost of its instrument lessons held in schools from next year – meaning that children will pay more for a group lesson than they would be charged by a private teacher for individual tuition.
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“He has been playing the violin since P5 and is now in S3,” says Gornall, from Whitburn.
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