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 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 of the one to one or paired lessons, depending on the number of students learning in a school, for parents.  There are a total of 70 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



Cello, Euphonium, Oboe, Viola 



Cornwall Music Education Hub Minority Instrument Support Policy for Academic Year 2019/20 

Application Process

To apply for a Minority Instrument bursary, please complete the bursary application form below and submit by 20th September 2019.  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 schools with multiple students may be able to learn together.  All students should apply even if currently in receipt of an 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.  

Minority Instrument Bursary Application Form for the Academic Year 2019/20

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