The Berwickshire High School

Music - Our Department

The Department has two classrooms and five practice studios, used by students and visiting teachers. First and Second year students follow a largely practical course, learning skills on guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, voice and drum kit. Second year students select two instruments which they studied in first year which they wish to pursue in Second year. The latest Music software is also available on four PCs located on an island in each room. All classes are encouraged to use this for familiarity and composition. This approach in S2 reflects the demands for Standard Grade in S3 and S4.

From S3 students may choose Standard Grade, leading to Higher and Advanced Higher in S5 and S6.

The department also has five visiting instrumental teachers who work in the department, liaising closely with the three Music Staff.

Music Instruction

Music instruction on most instruments begins in Primary school, where a range of instruments is offered depending on staff availability.

Lessons sometimes become available however at the start of S1. These are usually on Woodwind and Guitar.

The availability of lessons is communicated through the daily bulletin and by Music staff speaking to S1 classes. All pupils who express an interest in tuition will be interviewed but demand is generally much greater than the number of spaces on the timetable.

Tuition is provided by withdrawing students on a rota basis from normal classes. The first year of tuition is free of charge. After a student is selected, all administration and enquries are through the instrumental teacher to Scottish Borders Council.


The Berwickshire High School, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3QG
tel: 01361 883 710