School hopes Aberdeen community tunes into musical instrument scheme

An Aberdeen school is taking part in a recycling scheme with a difference.

Dyce Academy has signed up for Musical Instrument Amnesty – part of a nationwide initiative.

The scheme by Zero Waste Scotland encourages music lovers to keep old musical instrument in use.

It is part of Pass it On Week, which runs until Sunday, and the school has agreed to act as a collection point for people to drop off unused or unwanted instruments.

The national week of action aims to showcase re-using items as an alternative to buying new, as part of a bid to help others and the environment.

By taking part in the scheme the school hopes to offer up instruments to pupils to encourage musical participation.

Laura Ferguson, teacher of music at Dyce Academy, said: “We feel this initiative poses a brilliant opportunity for the pupils at our school and the community as a whole, through the possible increase of instrumental experiences.”

And Andrew Pankhurst, Zero Waste Scotland’s re-use campaigns manager, and himself a keen musician, said: “The Musical Instrument Amnesty is a great way for people to get involved in Pass it on Week by passing on the gift of music.

“Pass it on Week is all about looking at what we no longer use and passing it on to have a new life with someone else, and one of the great ways you can do that is by giving someone the opportunity to learn an instrument.”

Instruments or instrumental accessories can be dropped off at Dyce Academy between the hours of 8am-4pm up to and including Friday.

The school joins other organisations across the country taking part in the scheme.

In the North-east, Ma Simpson’s Community Fund in Stonehaven is collecting instruments, with a drop-off point on Evan Street in the town.

Meanwhile, Ellon and District Royal British Legion Pipe Band is collecting bagpipes, with items to be dropped-off at the Region, at the town’s Lower Victoria Hall on Station Road.