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Hitmen (and women)

Not for the first time in recent weeks, the Hamilton headquarters of South Lanarkshire Council resounded to a discussion on PPP.

This time, however, it was not school closures and amalgamations which occupied the minds of those in the well-appointed chamber, but the far more wholesome matter of music tuition in schools.

Brian Boyd from Strathclyde University, a man rooted in the educational culture of the Lanarkshires, welcomed the chance to talk about playing, performance and participation instead of public private partnerships.

But the most talked about acronym of the day was the appositely named HITS - Heads of Instrumental Teachers Scotland. Or at least what grabbed the most fertile minds was the prospects for the organisation if its founders had opted instead for the Scottish Heads of Instrumental Tuition.

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