Ministers need to change their tune on music

Scotland’s proud musical tradition is in jeopardy over rising fees and increasing levels of cuts. It’s time for the government to take action, says one campaigner

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When I stepped into a music room at Portobello High School in Edinburgh in 1977 to be assessed for my suitability to play a musical instrument, I had no idea that I would be leaving with a tuba – and that I was at the beginning of a musical experience that has lasted for over four decades.

Thanks to the free music tuition policy of the former Lothian Region Council, I received an instrument and weekly lessons at no cost to my parents. It is no exaggeration to say that but for this enlightened approach by the council, I would not be enjoying a career as a musician today.

That is why I find ...

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