DUMFRIES and Galloway Council’s CYPLL [Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning] committee [28 May 2019] will consider an update report on Music Delivery Strategy and how best to deliver it.
The instrumental music service is non-statutory but, it is widely recognised that music tuition can significantly benefit children and young people.
In early years and primary education, music is embedded as part of the curriculum, led by early years practitioners, primary teachers, and specialist music teachers.
In secondary education, music is offered as part of the Broad General Education [BGE] and young people have the opportunity of music as a subject choice.
Instrumental music instruction is non-statutory and offered throughout the region to all children, P5 to S6. Instruction in a wide range of instruments is offered, delivered by experienced tutors. There is an annual charge of £200 for 30 lessons, except for pupils receiving free meals or a clothing grant or studying for an SQA qualification in music. Fees are capped at £400 per family.
Councillor Jeff Leaver, chair of the CYPLL committee, said: “We recognise the benefits of music and, despite being at the lower end of Scottish councils that charge, our instrumental music service was not subject to budget savings in 2019/20. However, savings to central management costs mean that we must change the way that we deliver it.”
Councillor Ros Surtees, vice-chair, said: “Evidence indicates that music tuition contributes to enhancing non-musical skills and leads to other beneficial outcomes. So, it’s vital that we’re in a position to deliver music as part of the curriculum and to supplement it with optional instrumental tuition.”
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