Instrumental Instruction

playing a violin

Due to COVID-19 Instrumental Instructors are only able to visit one school per day, therefore instruction is currently being offered in a mixture of face to face and remote lessons.


The Scottish Government have confirmed the abolishment of all charges for instrumental instruction as part of their commitments for the new Government's first 100 days.  Following this announcement all charges for instrumental instruction have now ended.

We currently provide instruction in 20 different instruments:

  • accordion
  • brass (baritone horn, euphonium, cornet, tuba, tenor horn, trumpet)
  • drums
  • fiddle
  • lower strings (violin, viola, cello double bass)
  • piano
  • voice
  • woodwind (clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, recorder)

Guitar is available in some schools for pupils in P5-7, delivered through the Youth Music Initiative.  For more information regarding guitar instruction, please contact Noelle Henderson on 01595 744013 or email noelle.henderson@shetland.gov.uk

How do I add my child to the Waiting List?

You can add your child the Instrumental Instruction Waiting List, using the forms below. Applications are invited for children who will be in Primary 5 or above from August. Please note that space for some instruments is very limited and tuition therefore cannot be guaranteed. Places are offered based on a first come, first served basis.

Waiting List Form for Instrumental Instruction

Guitar Waiting List Form

Can my child borrow an instrument?

Some instruments are available to be loaned from the authority. Piano/ keyboards and drum kits cannot be loaned. Generally if a pupil is loaning an instrument they will be expected to return it after their first term and should supply their own instrument. Assistance towards the purchase of an instrument is available through the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme.

How many lessons will my child receive?

Each pupil should receive a minimum 750 minutes (equivalent to 30 lessons at 25 minutes each) of instruction during the school year.  

What happens if my child wants to stop their instruction?

If a pupil wants to discontinue their instruction, notice must be given to Children's Services prior to the start of a new term.