• To help as many children as resources and time will allow to learn how to play a musical instrument/sing.
  • To provide children with an opportunity to develop the skills to read and play music.
  • To ensure that children are given the opportunity to perform both at school and council level.
  • To ensure that children are supported and encouraged to reach their full musical potential.


  • New instrumental pupils are offered trial lessons for 6 weeks.
  • We offer group tuition. Pupils taking SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) music courses at secondary school may be offered one to one tuition.
  • Lessons last approximately 25-30 minutes and are limited to one instrument/voice.
  • In Stirling, there is a wide range of opportunities for pupils to learn a musical instrument. In order to offer equity of opportunity for pupils to learn a musical instrument, pupils are only permitted to take part in lessons from one of the following services/organisations which are all supported through Stirling Council:
    • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Stirling Music Centres on a Saturday: Classical Strings (Bannockburn High School) and Traditional Music (McLaren High School).
    • Big Noise (Raploch).

This applies to pupils who have been learning with the following organisations from:

    • RCS - August 2017 onwards.
    • Big Noise - August 2019 onwards.

Some exceptions apply for pupils who are studying SQA Music in S4-S6 and learning a second instrument.

  • The Instrumental Service strongly advises against having more than one teacher.
  • You will receive an annual written report.
  • Pupils are expected to take part in school extra-curricular activities on their instrument/voice.
  • Pupils are expected to participate in school/council concerts.
  • External exams are at the discretion of the Music Tutor.

Instruments/music etc.

  • You will have to purchase music and accessories, (reeds, strings, rosin etc).
  • Parents are responsible for any repair(s) due to negligence. No repairs should be carried out without the agreement of the Senior Music Tutor. If an instrument is lost, it is the parents’ responsibility to replace it.
  • Please insure an instrument on loan with your house contents policy.

The Scottish Government have pledged their commitment to removing fees for music tuition, therefore we await further guidance to enable us to plan how places will be allocated moving forward in Stirling.

Last updated: Friday, June 18, 2021 12:01 PM