South Ayrshire Music Service supports the education authority in its duty to ensure that education is directed to the
development of the personality, talents and mental and physical abilities of our young people to their fullest
High quality teaching and instruction delivers an active and enterprising approach to learning. The Music Service enhances
the curriculum and supports our young people to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and
effective contributors. It helps to ensure that our young people develop knowledge, skills and attributes they need to
flourish in life, learning and work.
The service is committed to:
- Providing access to music tuition for as many learners as possible including the most vulnerable
- Develop more opportunity for young people to benefit from participation in ensembles, groups and orchestras
- Recognise and celebrate achievement in music
The three areas of service are as follows:
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.
Youth music initiative
The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) is funded by Creative Scotland on an annual basis and the initiative has been running for
the past 10 years. The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme intends to:
- Create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0 – 25, particularly for those that would
not normally have the chance to participate
- Enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music making
- Support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of young people
YMI projects delivered by South Ayrshire Council’s Music Service for year 2012-2013 are:
- The Big Sing!
- The Big Bang!
- Strum Along
- Be Creative
- Music Therapy
Primary music specialists
South Ayrshire Council has a team of five Primary Music Specialists. Schools choose to employ these specialists from within
their individual staffing compliment. These specialist staff deliver high quality class music lessons covering CfE Outcomes
and Experiences to pupils within the school at the direction of the Head Teacher.