Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Continued fall in music tuition must be addressed

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says the continued fall in music tuition must be addressed immediately.

The Scottish Parliament’s education committee heard evidence from stakeholders in the industry that described the effects of rising costs of music tuition in schools, as well as the postcode lottery that exists from council to school.

Over the SNP’s time in charge, the number of music tutors working schools, has almost halved and Mr Carson believes that problem only worsens in his rural constituency.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The warnings from those in the music industry, from tutors, to parents and staff cannot be brushed aside.

“The reality is that over the last decade, hundreds of music tutors have been lost from our schools, and that is also meaning the number of pupils taking up an instrument is declining.

“ I was very fortunate to receive tuition for playing the cornet and that led to numerous opportunities which otherwise I would have missed out on.

“With a postcode lottery also harming schools, I have real concerns that this will hurt rural schools even more, where it is already extremely hard to recruit specialist teachers.

“With the SNP continually saying education is their top priority, I hope they can address the demise in music tuition as a matter of urgency.”

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says the continued fall in music tuition must be addressed immediately.

The Scottish Parliament’s education committee heard evidence from stakeholders in the industry that described the effects of rising costs of music tuition in schools, as well as the postcode lottery that exists from council to school.

Over the SNP’s time in charge, the number of music tutors working schools, has almost halved and Mr Carson believes that problem only worsens in his rural constituency.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The warnings from those in the music industry, from tutors, to parents and staff cannot be brushed aside.

“The reality is that over the last decade, hundreds of music tutors have been lost from our schools, and that is also meaning the number of pupils taking up an instrument is declining.

“ I was very fortunate to receive tuition for playing the cornet and that led to numerous opportunities which otherwise I would have missed out on.

“With a postcode lottery also harming schools, I have real concerns that this will hurt rural schools even more, where it is already extremely hard to recruit specialist teachers.

“With the SNP continually saying education is their top priority, I hope they can address the demise in music tuition as a matter of urgency.”