Instrumental Instruction is offered in all 32 Primary and 8 Secondary Schools.
There is a staffing level of fifteen full-time equivalent instructors delivering tuition on Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet/Cornet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass, and Guitar.
Tuition is offered in small groups in the early stages with some flexibility in the system to allow for individual lessons with advanced pupils who are being presented for examinations.
The Scottish Government mandate for Instrumental Music Tuition states that there are currently no charges applicable for this resource.
The Authority supports a wide range of musical activity involving pupils from all schools and runs 1 residential course for the Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra and 3 intensive non-residential rehearsal weekends for Wind Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, String Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Primary Training Orchestra.
For pupils of Secondary School age, there is a Jazz Orchestra which has 9 rehearsals per year held at Bearsden Academy on a Wednesday evening from 6-8pm. Additionally, there are two String Orchestras and two Wind Bands which rehearse regularly on Sunday's from 1.30pm until 4.30pm at Bishopbriggs Academy from October until March. In either discipline there is a training group and one which is of a more advanced standard offering pupils the opportunity to study a wide variety of music in many styles.
The highest level of performance is offered through the Secondary Schools Orchestra which meets for a week long residential course at the end of June which culminates in a full symphony concert. Additionally, at Christmas time, this orchestra joins with the 250 members of the Primary Schools Choir, a small group of pupils from the Gaelic Unit of Meadowburn Primary School and pupils from Woodland View School. The resulting concert is the highlight of the school year for all concerned.