Published 21 March 2024

The number of children and young people benefiting from the Instrumental Music Service (IMS) is at its peak with more than 1,000 pupils participating in music lessons this year.

The service has introduced three new Youth Music Initiative projects to 1338 pupils this year with primary pupils enjoying sessions ranging from ukulele lessons, the Let’s Sing project delivered by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and music production with SKapade Studios.

The service is supporting 225 Senior Phase pupils prepare for their SQA Music practical exams taking place before the Easter holidays.

Councillor Clare Steel, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I have seen many performances by the Instrumental Music Service and they have all been outstanding. Music is becoming a more popular choice for students and we can see that by the number of our pupils taking part in shows and studying music at secondary school.  I would like to thank all our dedicated Instrumental Instructors and YMI staff for their support and encouragement which is allowing our young people to follow their dreams and develop their skills in this area.”

Councillor John Millar, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “The Music Service enables all children and young people to learn to sing, play an instrument and create music. It also gives them the opportunity to progress their musical interests and talents, including professionally. This service is giving our young people the opportunity to engage in music whether that is as part of a band or learning to play an instrument for pleasure regardless of their musical interests.”

More than 200 children and young people performed at both the Christmas and Spring Concerts playing a wide range of repertoire delivered by multiple ensembles and soloists.