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Primary Instrumental Programme: Primary 2 - Primary 7


Begin your child’s journey to learning a musical instrument with our specialist group classes designed for children from Primary 2. Children will attend weekly group instrumental lessons and interactive musicianship classes.

All classes will take place on Sundays during term time. You can expect to take part in play-based, interactive activities designed to align with developmental milestones for your child.

Led by a team of professional music specialists, these sessions are designed to introduce children to music-making and playing.

Inspired by Kodály methodology, children will develop skills in rhythm, pitch, coordination and imagination all of which enhance language development and confidence.

The important details

Application Deadline:
16 June 2024

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

8 September 2024 - 15 June 2025

Sundays, 10am-5pm

£830 – £1,510 for 30 weeks of tuition

Why study on the Primary Instrumental Programme?

The Primary Instrumental Programme is designed to enable children to access instrumental learning in a structured and supportive specialist environment. Teaching is delivered by a team of highly-skilled practitioners who hold expertise in a number of recognised methodologies. We are confident that your child will benefit enormously from being part of our vibrant and creative learning community!

Practical musicianship classes aim to increase students’ appreciation and understanding of music in a wider context, enabling them to develop as better all-round musicians. Each level has been carefully designed to help students realise their full potential for enjoying and understanding music as performers and listeners.

Classes will explore a variety of skills, engaging children in aural, kinaesthetic and cognitive learning and the practical content of sessions ensures that students develop a confident and competent understanding of each skill presented.

Class sizes are capped to ensure the optimum learning environment and an enjoyable class experience.

Programme Structure


All students attend a 45-minute musicianship class relevant to their stage. These courses are a compulsory part of the programme for each student.

Instrumental Lessons

Students also attend a weekly 30-minute instrumental lesson and begin learning in groups. We offer group instrumental tuition in various instruments for the following ages:

Beginner Students in Primary 2-3

  • Piano/keyboard
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello and double bass

Beginner Students in Primary 4-5

  • Woodwind: flute, clarinet, saxophone
  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, French horn
  • Percussion (tuned and untuned)

Students will learn in groups for at least a year before moving into 1:1 lessons, subject to a progress review at the end of the first year of learning. Please note that we currently do not offer 1:1 tuition in woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.


Strings students in 1:1 lessons have an additional 45-minute String Ensemble class. All woodwind, brass and percussion students take part in an additional 45-minute Concert Band class.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements to the Primary Instrumental Programme and we expect all new students to be beginners on their chosen instrument.

Entry to the programme is by application, and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

£830 – £1,510 for 30 weeks of tuition

Fees include musicianship (45 minutes weekly), instrumental lessons (30 mins weekly) and ensemble (45 minutes weekly, if applicable).

Fees can be paid in one lump sum at the beginning of the term or spread over the year in monthly instalments.

Please note that musicianship classes are a compulsory element of the Primary Instrumental Programme. All students receiving instrumental lessons must also attend the musicianship class appropriate to their school year.


We want to make the performing arts as accessible to everyone as possible. Anyone who faces financial barriers to participate in the Primary Instrumental Programme can apply for a bursary. As soon as you have received an offer of a place, you will be sent a link to the bursary form.

These funds are currently supported by the generosity of individuals and charitable trusts and foundations including:

  • James McAvoy Drama Scholarship
  • Agnes Allan Bursary
  • ABRSM Junior Scholarship UK
  • Wolfson Foundation Scholarship
  • Stevenson Scholarship
  • Miss Nancy Williamson Bursary
  • William R MacFarlane Scholarship
  • Savoy Scholarship
  • John McIntyre Memorial Scholarship

How to Apply

Due to consistently high demand, our strings and piano/keyboard programmes remain at full capacity and, as a result, we are unable to invite applications from these year groups for academic session 2024/25.

For beginner students in Primary 4 and 5, we will be inviting applications for tuition in wind, brass and percussion instruments. Please see further information here.

Please be advised that applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis in the event that the programme or a particular instrument is oversubscribed. Places on the programme are limited and unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee that we can offer a place to every applicant.


We offer various options for students at each age and stage of their learning:

Beginner students in Primary 2 and 3 can begin learning piano/keyboard or a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass) in group lessons.

Beginner students in Primary 4 and 5 can begin learning a woodwind or brass instrument or percussion in group lessons.

Students in Primary 2 and 3 who are already having lessons on their chosen instrument may apply to have 1:1 lessons on this programme, subject to capacity and staff availability.

Students in Primary 4+ who are already having lessons on their chosen instrument should make an application and audition for our Pre-Junior programme instead.

Unfortunately, we do not offer lessons to beginner students in Primary 6-7.

If you have any further queries, please email

Term Dates

Term 1: 8 September — 8 December 2024

Term 2: 12 January — 23 March 2025

Term 3: 27 April — 15 June 2025

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the Primary Instrumental Programme or our application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

a teenage girl mid-way through playing the violin sits surrounded by other musicians