Instrumental Music Tuition

We offer school children from primary 5 onwards the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

Our tuition is delivered by music instructors who will help your child to gain confidence and realise their full potential in their chosen instrument.

Submission of the application form places your child on our waiting list.. You will receive an email with information on lessons when a space becomes available.  

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We offer lessons in Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion and Guitars.  However, if you would like more information on learning an instrument that we do not offer through the IMS (i.e. bagpipes, pipe band drumming, piano, voice etc), please email as we may be able to signpost you to a community group/organisation or private instructor.


The aim of the IMS in Dumfries and Galloway is to give children from Primary 5 the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.  

Lessons for primary pupils can take place after school at a secondary school or in some cases, lessons will take place during the school day in the primary school.  Delivery will be online via Microsoft Teams or in person, if the instructor can travel to the school.  Secondary pupils will be taught during the school day and timetables will be on a rota basis where possible.  This is to try to ensure that your child does not regularly miss any one subject.  Lessons are usually planned around groups of 4/5 pupils.

Lessons will follow a structured course of study which is suited to the pupil's abilities as well as SQA, local authority and school requirements. They support learning through to Advanced Higher level and external music examinations where required.


Lessons are currently funded by the Scottish Government however places are limited.

The IMS is able to loan orchestral instruments to pupils free of charge.  Please ensure that loan instruments are covered by household insurance.  Routine repairs will be carried out by instrumental staff, but parents are responsible for any repair required due to negligence by their child.  Please note that drum sticks, mallets, replacement strings and reeds are required to be purchased by parents.  Guitars and percussion instruments are not available for loan, however, they may be available for use in school at lessons.  Please contact the Music Service ( with any instrument queries.

Further Information

Page last updated: 17/03/2022
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