Monthly Archives: February 2018

On making music tuition statutory – John Swinney

Mr John Swinney’s (Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills) answers very recently in Parliament regarding Instrumental Tuition:

“On the question of instrumental music tuition, Mr Wightman is correct to say that it is a discretionary service—that is the existing position. I am able to give consideration to whether it should be made into a statutory provision.”

“One of the factors that would weigh in that consideration would be the enormous benefits, which I recognise, that come to young people as a consequence of involvement in musical activity. On many visits around the country I have seen the tremendous fulfilment that such activity brings to young people and the transformative change that it can have on young people’s lives.”

The full text is here: