Arts in schools

Instrumental music lessons

If you’re looking for information on instrumental music lessons, see our Instrumental Music Service pages.

Youth Music Initiative in East Lothian

The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) is a national music education programme funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland. Every year the YMI provides funding to all Scottish local authorities to enable pupils to engage with high quality and accessible music-making activities in school. In East Lothian, the YMI is managed by a dedicated Arts Service Team.

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Curricular Arts

East Lothian Council’s Arts Service’s aim, in line with Scottish Government policy, is to provide teachers with opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and to enable schools to develop partnerships with professional arts companies, tutors and organisations.

Curriculum for Excellence, p55 states:  

“By engaging in experiences within the expressive arts, children and young people will recognise and represent feelings and emotions, both their own and those of others. The expressive arts play a central role in shaping our sense of personal, social and cultural identity. Learning in the expressive arts also plays an important role in supporting children and young people to recognise and value the variety and vitality of culture locally, nationally and globally.                                         

Learning in, through and about the expressive arts enables children and young people to:

  • be creative and express themselves in different ways
  • experience enjoyment and contribute to other people’s enjoyment through creative and expressive performance and presentation
  • develop important skills, both those specific to the expressive arts and those which are transferable
  •  develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas and, for some,
  •  prepare for advanced learning and future careers by building foundations for excellence in the expressive arts."

The Arts Service believes that the expressive arts are inspiring and have the capacity to engage and fascinate learners of all ages. We have an exciting variety of workshops that are taught by excellent experienced tutors who are renowned artists in their fields. These workshops can be delivered to all stages in line with the expressive arts framework as set out in the Curriculum for Excellence.

To find out more contact

To book tickets for performances at The Brunton call the Box Office on 0131 653 5245 or email

To book a Cross Curricular Drama project email