Shire parents pipe up over music tuition in schools

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Parents of pupils in Aberdeenshire are being asked for their views on how music tuition in the area’s schools can be improved.

An online survey will run from Monday of this week for four weeks as part of a review launched by Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services.

Currently, a team of 46 music instructors are teaching over 2000 primary and secondary pupils across Aberdeenshire to play musical instruments from a variety of disciplines, including woodwind, brass, strings and percussion.

The team has been working with the council’s Improving the Customer Experience (iCE) project to further improve accessibility to services and increase customer satisfaction.

Head of Instrumental Music, Richard Paton, said: “Many improvements have already been made within the service, such as the introduction of online payment methods, but we still want to hear from as many parents as possible about their experiences.

“It is really important that they are involved in further improvements and by completing the survey, they will be able to make a very positive difference.”

To complete the survey, visit