Protests widen over cuts to free music tuition in Scotland

Threats to the survival of a world champion pipe band have focused attention on further planned cuts to free music tuition in Scottish schools.

By late February, more than 10,000 people had signed a petition demanding North Lanarkshire council scrap proposals to either make some instrumental teachers redundant and end ensembles by children or to axe the entire in-school music service.

The area’s Schools Novice A Pipe Band is the current holder of Scottish, British, European and world championship titles, and featured at the Tartan Day celebrations in New York last spring, led by Sir Billy Connolly.

Councillors, who were due to discuss these “difficult decisions” as SecEd went to press, have been aiming to find about £35 million in savings this year alone.

Lynda McIntyre, of Save North Lanarkshire Instrumental Services, said: “These proposals will have a devastating impact on hundreds of children – and they have so far come without any consultation. That’s not right, and not fair.

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