The EIS has welcomed the decision of Midlothian Council not to cut free music tuition in its schools.

Midlothian Council’s decision not to go ahead with the cuts came after a large demonstration, including many students, which gathered outside Council Chambers in Dalkeith yesterday (12th February) for a musical protest.

The EIS has been calling for free music provision in Scotland's schools to be retained and protected from budget cuts for some time.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The high number of parents and pupils who turned out in support of the demonstration yesterday shows the strength of feeling in the Midlothian community, and its belief that all children should have access to music tuition."

He added, "Learning music benefits young people in terms of their self-confidence, and in their ability to work both independently or as part of a larger group."

"The Scottish Parliament's Education Committee has only recently recommended that instrumental music tuition should be provided free by all local authorities. It is encouraging that the first Council in Scotland to consider cutting music tuition altogether has quickly reversed this decision."

"Other Councils across Scotland would do well to take note of the massive opposition of parents, pupils and teachers in Midlothian. Similar proposals from other Local Authorities will meet with the same response."