CMEH - Bursaries for 'Minority' Instruments


Some instruments are classified as Minority or Endangered Species as the number of students learning them is usually much fewer than other instruments but they play an important role in ensembles and orchestras. As a result, it is often not possible for students to learn these particular instruments in a group lesson and, therefore, individual lessons, which are more expensive, are the only option. 

To enable more students to take up learning these instruments, the Cornwall Music Education hub offers a Minority Instrument bursary which reduces the cost for parents of one to one or paired lessons, depending on the number of students learning in a school.

There are a total of 50 bursaries available each academic year and two different levels of bursary that apply, depending on the instrument being learnt.  The subsidy only applies to the instruments listed below and lessons must be delivered by a teacher registered with the Hub (see Registered Providers):


Amount of bursary per lesson

  Number of bursaries available

Bassoon, Double Bass, French Horn, Tuba, Orchestral Tuned Percussion, Harp      



Cello, Euphonium, Oboe, Viola, Trombone 



Cornwall Music Education Hub Minority Instrument Support Policy for Academic Year 2021/22

Application Process

To apply for a Minority Instrument bursary, please complete the online bursary application form and submit by 10th September 2021.  If the number of applications exceeds the number of bursaries available, the CMEH reserves the right to prioritise schools where only one pupil is learning a particular instrument as students may be able to learn together where there are multiple students  learning the same instrument at the same school.  All students should apply even if they already currently receive a CMEH MI Bursary.  

The bursaries will apply for the full academic year.  Please notify the Hub office ( if your child stops lessons or changes instrument. 

The instrumental teacher will need to submit a register of attendance each term following delivery and the Hub reserves the right to withdraw the bursary in the event of poor lesson attendance.  

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