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 charge for Instrumental Instruction 2020/21 has been reduced to £160.00 as a result of this.


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 free through the Youth Music Initiative.

For more information please contact Noelle Henderson on 01595 744013 or email noelle.henderson@shetland.gov.uk

Instrumental Instruction Charges 2020/21 – per instrument

  • One to One (face to face) lessons - £210.00 – **currently not offered due to COVID-19**
  • Group lessons - £160.00 – **currently not offered due to COVID-19**
  • Blended Face to Face/Remote lessons - £160.00

Where a pupil has never received instrumental instruction before, they will be entitled to their first term of instruction free.

Exemption to Charges

You will be exempt from charges if you fall into one of the categories below:

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.

How do I pay for my child’s instruction?

Instrumental Instruction charges will be applied to each pupils ParentPay account in 4 termly instalments.  Payment will be due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of each term.  Parents will have the option to make payment for all 4 terms at the beginning of the school year.  If you have not yet activated your ParentPay account, please contact us for your activation details.

How many lessons will my child receive?

Each pupil should receive a minimum 750 minutes lesson time during the school year. Where a pupil does not receive their minimum lesson time as a result of staff absence, school closure or a school activity, an appropriate proportion of fees will be refunded at the end of the academic year. Please note, we cannot refund due to pupil absence.