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The Instrumental Music service provides instrumental lessons to pupils in all schools throughout West Dunbartonshire. Lessons are provided on a wide range of instruments including Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Guitar and Percussion. The choice of these instruments will vary from school to school. The lessons take place during the school day and are carried out by our highly skilled and qualified instrumental instructors. The recruitment process usually takes place while at primary school and lessons continue when pupils move onto secondary school, there are however opportunities for pupils to start out with primary school depending on availability on the instructors timetable.

As of August 2019, the Instrument Hire Charge will be set at £100 per pupil per year covering instrument hire, servicing and repair and a discount of 50% will be applied to any additional instruments hired.

Hire charges will NOT apply to pupils who are studying music at SQA level (S4-S6), to pupils who qualify for free school meals or to pupils who have their own instrument. The approved charge of £100 per annum in West Dunbartonshire will be the second lowest in Scotland, and in most cases will be much cheaper than purchasing a musical instrument which can cost up to £5000, depending on the instrument.


Our team of specialist instructors provide individual and group lessons and run a variety of ensembles, bands and orchestras within the schools and the authority. We have a wide range of authority groups such as:

  • Training String Ensemble
  • Senior String Ensemble
  • Training Concert Band
  • Senior Concert Band
  • Funk sKool