The Educational Institute of Scotland has welcomed today’s publication of the Report by the Scottish Government’s Instrumental Music Group.

The EIS represents Instrumental Music Teachers across Scotland and has long campaigned for an end to the charging of pupils for instrumental instruction in schools.

In particular, the EIS believes that the policy, in some council areas, of charging pupils for presentation at SQA music exams is wholly unacceptable.

Commenting on the publication of the report today, General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS has been campaigning for an end to fees for instrumental music instruction across Scotland."

"We believe that access to free instrumental music tuition should be a right for all pupils who wish it, in all parts of Scotland."

"Learning to play a musical instrument, or developing their singing voice, offers a great deal to pupils over and above the obvious musical benefits."

"The EIS has always believed that the ability to learn from musical instruction must take priority over the ability to pay additional fees for it.”

Commenting on the publication of the Report, Mr Flanagan added, "The EIS has played an active role in the work of this group, and we welcome the publication of its Report today."

"We have already seen some Councils, who have charged fees in the past, taking pre-emptive action to scrap their music fees in advance of today’s report."  

"This is extremely welcome, as is the firm statement in today’s Report that no pupil in Scotland should be charged for presentation to an SQA music exam."

"This divisive and unfair policy, while applied in only a limited number of local authorities, must be stopped as quickly as possible to ensure fairness and equal access to music education for all pupils, no matter what their background.”