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Tarbert Music Centre is back on Thursday 8 September in Tarbert Academy. From 3.30 – 8.00pm see you there!

Tarbert Music Centre is unique in Argyll and Bute. Based at Tarbert Academy since it’s set up in 2004, it offers children (P5 – S6) from the Kintyre and Mid-Argyll area the chance to learn a variety of instruments and attend a weekly lesson.

Currently teaching over 70 pupils, Tarbert Music Centre is open to all school age children who have a desire to learn an instrument.  We are able to provide students with instruments for up to two years at no cost although we do encourage a donation of £1 per lesson.  Many of our lessons are group taught due to demand however most accordion lessons are one to one.  All pupils are encouraged to participate in group performing and also to perform at our twice yearly concerts (Christmas and Summer).  This approach to learning makes a huge difference to the children’s confidence and self esteem. Not only are they learning from musicians, expert in their field, but they are also being given the chance to play instruments that very few children normally have access to unless they have private music lessons.


Instruments offered are: bass, electric and acoustic guitar; drums; accordion; whistle; chanter; bagpipes and fiddle – Tarbert Music Centre makes a real difference to real kids.

One of the most important differences is that the children can choose which instrument they want to learn which adds to their learning experience. It is this freedom of choice which is so engaging – and learning an instrument is not simply seen as a chore but as an exciting prospect. The musicians are passionate about music and this rubs off on the children helping to build them into confident, responsible young people and realising the talent that lies in each and every one of them.

Argyll and Bute suffers from rural isolation. It is not as easy for many of us to see live music or big name performances as people living in the central belt. While multi channel television, internet music sites and the wealth of digital technology which is now open to us does make music more accessible nothing beats seeing live performances. At Tarbert Music Centre the children stage two pupil led concerts a year, one in summer and the other at ChristmaDSC_0035s where they are encouraged to play in mixed instrument groups. Again this builds confidence and camaraderie.

Again this builds their confidence as they are able to showcase their talents to their families, friends and teachers in a professional stage show environment.

However, as with all groups of this nature, our funding stream continues to be an issue. We fundraise all year by having coffee mornings, quiz nights and of course ceilidhs at which both instructors and students participate. However, without additional funding we fear for the future of the club.

Registered Charity SCO39969


  • We meet every Thursday evening between 3.30 - 8.30pm. Send us a tweet if you want to sign up for lessons!
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