More than 100,000 pupils across Scotland are being shut out of music tuition because of fees and staff shortages, a new report has revealed.
The What’s Going On Now? study concluded that children are being subjected to a ‘postcode lottery’ for music lessons, despite there being no evidence that interest in learning an instrument varies between local authority areas.
However figures showed that music uptake in some councils was as low as eight per cent – rising to 25 per cent in other areas.
The report, commissioned by the Music Education Partnership Group (MEPG) and Creative Scotland, showed that average music tuition fees had more than doubled from £102 in 2003-04 to £220.
John Wallace, chair of the MEPG, said: “Scotland is incredibly rich in musical culture across all genres. It gives Scottish identity its focus, has a beneficial effect on everything it touches, and affords us a distinctive voice internationally. The music industry is a burgeoning sector full of opportunity.
“As an effective investment in the future of our young people, Scotland needs to maintain, sustain and develop its music education.”