Music lessons campaign
Congratulations to Alice Ferguson, MSYP for Linlithgow, for raising awareness that West Lothian Council may scrap free instrumental tuition in schools.
She is doing what the local authority has not done in its consultation, ‘Transforming Your Council’, a document that exemplifies the power of mystification by management speak.
At the bottom of page six, proposed changes under Rationalisation of Support to Schools include: “… integrating a reduced instrumental music provision into the mainstream curriculum”.
The latter statement is not plain English.
It creates a fog so that parents of young instrumentalists do not understand what the council proposes to do.
Unsurprisingly, many didn’t realise the service is under threat until after the consultation had closed.
My daughter’s musical education has been one of the shining lights in her West Lothian school career, and I believe free music-making can purposefully unite people from widely differing backgrounds.
I wish to add my voice to any others who believe they did not get a proper say. Therese Stewart, By email