Local authorities in tune over music fees

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THE scrapping of charges for musical instrument tuition at examination standard has been backed on the day a new report called for a review of fees.

The Scottish Government’s instrumental music group report said there should be no financial barrier for children studying music.

But the call has already been heard by councils across the country which decided in advance, or are expected to decide, to abolish charges.

Learning minister Alasdair Allan said: “No student should be denied the chance to develop their musical talent due to their background or location.

“The removal of these charges allows all pupils to enjoy the benefits of instrumental musical education and achieve qualifications without facing fees, just like every other qualification subject.

“This is good news as music and learning to play an instrument encourages creativity, builds confidence and promotes team work.”

Originally five councils charged fees towards exams when the group first began investigations.

The report’s recommendations include the removal of exam charges and more sponsorship deals.