The imposition of charges for instrumental music tuition produced some of the most passionate denunciations. Ian Smith of the Musicians' Union called the payments "ludicrous, damaging and totally unnecessary".
Many talents from Marti Pellow to 78 per cent of the Scottish National Orchestra had got their start with free music tuition and the music industry was the UK's third largest revenue earner.
John Gray, a past president of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association, said the campaign to retain free music tuition was about educational opportunities as well as jobs. "There are really five Rs. While the three Rs are important, don't let's forget about rock and roll."