Music tuition

UPDATE – Term 4

We have been in contact with all parents of current pupils to discuss tuition fees for Term 4.  If you require any further information please email


Aberdeen City Music Service aims to offer high quality musical experiences for children and young people across the city.

Instructors visit all schools in Aberdeen and offer weekly lessons on a range of musical instruments.

After learning an instrument for a while, pupils are invited to our Music Centre in order to play in ensembles, bands or orchestras and to perform in concerts.

Frequently asked questions

For more information about music tuition please read our frequently asked questions.

Request music tuition

When spaces for tuition become available, music instructors speak to pupils in the relevant classes. If demand for tuition exceeds availability, pupils are placed on a waiting list.

You can register for music tuition online. Before you register, you will need to set up an account. 

Pupils who begin learning an instrument in primary school will automatically continue learning it in secondary school. Our music instructors teach across school clusters, so pupils will normally have the same instructor at both primary and secondary school.

Pupils usually start tuition in groups or paired classes. We may offer individual lessons later, or in secondary school. We will let parents know beforehand about any proposed changes to tuition. 


If a pupil is eligible for free school meals, they will also be eligible for free instrumental tuition.

Pupils studying for their National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher Music qualifications are eligible for free tuition on the instrument(s) during the year that they sit the exam. The free tuition only applies to an instrument that they are playing as part of their performance programme.

There is also a sibling discount available for younger siblings on one instrument only.

The table below shows the price of full fees. Fees must be paid prior to the start of each term. There is also a £10 registration fee and an £85 annual instrument hire fee. 

Lesson type Fees
Individual lessons £100 per term
Paired lessons £70 per term 
Group lessons £60.50 per term

Music Service payment request timetable

For your information, below is a list of payment deadlines for each term for the remainder of the 19-20 academic year and for the 2020-21 academic year. 

On the ‘payment request issued’ date we will write to you to explain that fees will be payable and give instructions about how to pay. We will need you to pay for your fees prior to the payment deadline otherwise your child will be unable to continue with their music lessons and their place will be offered to someone on the waiting list. 


Term 3 2019-20

Payment request issued - 7 January  2020 
Term 3 payment deadline - 21 January  2020

Term 4 2019-20

Payment request issued - 9 March 2020
Term 4 payment deadline - 20 March 2020 


Term 1 2020-21

Payment request issued - 8 June 2020 
Term 1 payment deadline - 19 June 2020 

Term 2 2020-21

Payment request issued - 14 September 2020
Term 2 payment deadline - 25 September 2020 

Term 3 2020-21

Payment request issued - 23 November 2020 
Term 3 payment deadline - 4 December 2020  

Term 4 2020-21

Payment request issued - 1 March 2021 
Term 4 payment deadline - 12 March 2021

Loan of instruments

We have a stock of musical instruments that can be loaned out to pupils. We do not loan out pianos, keyboards or drum kits.

When we offer your child music lessons, you will get the chance to ask for the loan of instrument when you complete the registration form for the Music Service.  

Aberdeen City Music Centre

Aberdeen City Music Centre is held weekly at Northfield Academy, and comprises different ensembles catering to pupils at different levels of development. Music instructors invite pupils to join particular groups once they reach an appropriate stage of musical development.

At many schools, our music instructors run extra-curricular choirs, bands and orchestras. These usually run throughout the year, though sometimes they are run over a term to rehearse for specific events.

Stopping music tuition and returning an instrument

Please note that you must pay for each term's lessons in advance. There is no refund available if you decide to stop music tuition part way through a term. 

When you stop music tuition, it is your responsibility to return any loaned instrument to your instructor. If you fail to do this within 14 days of music tuition ending, we will regard the instrument as lost or stolen, and will charge you for the value of a replacement. 

You can use our online form to let us know that you want to stop music tuition. You will need an account to use this form. If you don't have an account, you can set one up

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