Those who have studied learning processes throughout the ages, beginning with Plato, have emphasized the importance of the arts in the education process. Arts education refers to education in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, and visual arts.
At Richmond Primary School we believe that exposure to and participation in the arts is vital for our students. All students study visual art and music with specialist teachers every week. They also have opportunities to perform, watch and engage in arts experiences through assemblies, and visiting theatre troupes and musicians. We have recently had visits from the WA Opera, the WA Police Pipe Band, the Bell Shakespeare Company, John Curtin College of the Arts and Melville SHS band.
Creating art can be beneficial throughout all stages of life. It can help children be better students and improve quality of life for seniors. It relieves stress, encourages creative thinking, boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment.
Students study an hour of visual art a week with our specialist teacher.
‘Musical activity involves nearly every region of the brain that we know about, and nearly every neural subsystem’, Daniel Levitin This is Your Brain on Music
Students study an hour of class music a week with our specialist music teacher.
Instrumental Music School Service (IMSS) teachers visit Richmond three days a week to provide specialist instruction to selected students in flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone and to coordinate a strings ensemble.
Students are selected following a musical aptitude test and are matched with a suitable instrument by specialists. Currently 59 Richmond students study a musical instrument in this program.