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Are we pulling the plug on music tuition?

With councils charging for music tuition, could learning an instrument become the preserve of the elite, asks Emma Seith

The specialist music school for Edinburgh is housed in Broughton High. Its entrance looks out on to playing fields, and directly behind – clearly visible above the trees that border the grounds – are the clock tower, spires and turrets of Fettes College, Scotland’s most expensive private school. Families here pay up to £34,800 a year for their children to attend.

It would, of course, be impossible for Broughton to compete on an aesthetic level with the historic grandeur of that building. Luckily, it doesn’t have to, because, having been rebuilt in 2009, it is an entirely different proposition ...

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