St Patrick's Primary School

Expressive Arts

Experiences in the expressive arts involve creating and presenting and are practical and experiential. Evaluating and appreciating are used to enhance enjoyment and develop knowledge and understanding.

Learning in, through and about the expressive arts:

  • enables children to experience the inspiration and power of the arts
  • recognises and nurtures their creative and aesthetic talents
  • allows them to develop skills and techniques that are relevant to specific art forms and across the four capacities
  • provides opportunities for them to deepen their understanding of culture in Scotland and the wider world
  • is enhanced and enriched through partnerships with professional arts companies, creative adults and cultural organisations.

From Primary 4 onwards pupils have the opportunity to receive instrumental tuition in music provided by the Local Authority Music Service.

Expressive Arts – Principles and Practice Document


Instrumental instruction

South Ayrshire Council Music Service provides free instrumental music lessons to both primary and secondary school pupils across the local authority area. Many schools have orchestras and ensembles of their own which pupils are expected to participate in. In addition, the Music Service provides opportunities for pupils to participate in authority wide ensembles that perform regularly at concerts, charity events, competitions and festivals both locally and nationally.

The service is delivered by a team of professional instrumental music instructors who work closely with schools to deliver an enhanced learning opportunity. At present over 1300 pupils in South Ayrshire receive weekly instruction from a team of 14 FTE Instrumental Instructors

St Patrick’s Primary Instructor’s are:

Ms E Macleod – Music Instructor, Upper Strings

Mr S Walker – Music Instructor, Brass

Mr D O’Connell – Music Instructor, Lower Strings

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