The Scottish Government recognises the value of the expressive arts which provide children and young people with opportunities to be creative and imaginative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment, contributing greatly to children and young people’s mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing. Expressive arts is one of the eight curriculum areas under Curriculum for Excellence.
The specific level of spending on schools is determined by local authorities. Councils have a legal responsibility for providing an adequate and efficient education, suitable to the needs of every child, in accordance with the principles of Getting it Right for Every Child. Within this settlement, sufficient resource should be made available to schools for supplies and equipment, with specific levels of funding for schools determined by individual councils. This covers class music lessons, including when any instrument is taught on a whole class basis, regardless of who is teaching the class. By contrast, an education authority may charge fees for the provision of an extra-curricular activity that it is not obliged to provide as an entitlement.