My daughter, who is in year 8, is a promising musician. To give an idea of ability she is grade 6 flute, grade 4 piano and grade 4 vocal. Recently she went to a local music festival as a part of the school choir. Whilst she was there she realised that other pupils were also taking part in competitions for instrumentalists, however she had not been offered the opportunity to compete. I am probably being a paranoid parent, but I am wondering if she was over looked because she has private music tuition, rather than through the school. There is no snobbery in this, she started her private lessons while still at primary school and we opted to stay with those teachers as she was doing so well. She plays in the school concert band, so I am sure the staff must be aware of her ability. I can think of no other reason for not entering her. I know I probably come across as a pushy mum here, but I really am not. I am posting because my daughter was disappointed and is doubting herself. I am wondering if she would be better off switching to lessons through the school after all? Any thoughts from music teachers would be appreciated, thank you.