http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2009/12/29/newsstory14320230t0.asp i admit, this is a bee in my bonnet: music education in Scottish primary schools. If Scotland losing out to other countries in piping competitions as this story reports, it only highlights a broader issue in music education in this country. Here's a snippet: “...we think all the schools in the local area should have a tutor. He added, “This kind of thing has been happening in Ireland, in Canada and Australia and now these bands are coming over to Scotland and beating the Scottish bands in the major competitions. “They have been doing that for 15 years now. They’ve got tutors in all the primary schools...I just don’t understand why there’s not been more effort from the government, from any government, to try and do something about it in the primary schools." Tutors?? No, sorry. Canada doesn't have music "tutors" in primary schools, of course. Canada has full-time professional music TEACHERS on staff in primary schools who run professional and integrated music education programs free of charge in both choral and instrumental music for ALL children. Music education is as free and as inclusive as every other subject in Canadian primary schools because music education is, like maths and language education, considered a RIGHT. Wake up, Scottish councils. Wake up, Scottish government. Wake up, Scottish tax-paying parents. Put full-time music teachers on staff in primary schools, keep up with the rest of the world. Oh,and raise attainment in the process---you've all got your knickers in such twists about attainment: well, systematic music education from primary has been proven to go hand in hand with higher attainment, confidence, and learning enjoyment. It's a fact that Scotland cannot afford to ignore. It is simply criminal that a country with a proud music tradition that is known, esteemed, and loved the world over should have such ludicrously and miserably inadequate music education as I see in Scottish primary schools. Sorry for shouting. But this does get me exercised!