Music Tuition » Terms and conditions


We hope that your child enjoys music lessons with us and will make the most of the opportunities.  These terms and conditions form part of the relationship between all those involved and set out what to expect from participation.

Frequency of lessons

Once the Instructor has accepted an application, weekly lessons of 25-30mins are delivered in school time.  These will most likely be part of a beginners group and some Instructors timetables are designed using a blended approach in which delivery is a combination of face to face and online using Google Meets.


No lessons are delivered during school holidays or when activities organised by the school prevent lessons taking place. On in-service days & severe weather closures it is sometimes possible to maintain lesson continuity through online delivery & this would be arranged directly by each Instructor.  During study leave music Instructors are available to teach as normal & pupils are expected to discuss individual arrangements. From time to time music Instructors support pupils in concerts, shows, assemblies etc. instead of the normal lessons.

Payments and fees 

From session 21/22, Scottish Government has committed additional funding to allow tuition in Scotland to be delivered free of charge.  There will still be a need to purchase music books and occasionally equipment, as outlined below.

Changing schools

Every effort will be made to maintain continuity of teaching for pupils transferring from another school; however, this cannot be guaranteed.

Parental obligations

Learning an instrument to any sort of standard isn’t going to happen overnight, and we expect parents to offer support and encouragement to develop a daily practice regime – your patience may be tested in those first few weeks…months…years!  Progress is logged through Gsuite and our HLH Management System – we encourage communication with the Instructor. Once a pupil is proficient enough to join a school; Area or Regional ensemble, we ask that pupils are given appropriate support which enables them to be fully committed (taxi driver; enthusiastic concert-goer…maybe even Committee member!)  In the unfortunate circumstances that a decision to discontinue lessons is reached, parents are requested to cancel through the online portal, and to also inform the Instructor directly as a matter of courtesy. Any instrument or equipment on loan must be returned at this stage, or an invoice for replacement costs will be issued.

Pupil requirements

In most cases, we will be in a position to offer free loan of an instrument or equipment – you need to look after this. You will probably need to organise buying your own tutor books and music.  An initial supply of accessories (e.g. reeds, valve oil, replacement strings etc.) will be given to pupils using an instrument on loan from High Life Highland – but these supplies are limited and through time, pupils will be expected to supply their own accessories.

Enthusiasm counts for as much as natural ability – let your Instructor do their job by being able to build on your childs enthusiasm each week and allow them to make progress. We’re in this for the long-term…but Instructors sometimes have to recommend stopping tuition if things really aren’t working out.  This would not be done without initial contact with parent/carer to alert them to any issues which might be helped with additional support from home.