The Youth Music Initiative is celebrating its 20th year this year, and Fèisean nan Gàidheal has been co-ordinating the initiative in the Highlands since its inception, placing an emphasis on traditional music, first in partnership with Highland Council and now with High Life Highland.
The initiative has proved a great success, encouraging children from the region to have a go at traditional instruments and using traditional Highland music to teach beat, rhythm and the basics of music theory in a fun and engaging way, focussing on tin whistle, song (particularly Gaelic) and group music especially. This opportunity is offered to every P5 pupil each year, and 2104 sessions were delivered to 4188 pupils in 169 schools last year.
35 experienced tutors were involved in 2021-22 and, for the coming school year, we hope to grow and develop this team. We are delighted to be holding two training days held in the Highlands in August, between 10am and 1pm on the following days:
- Thursday 11th August – Skye Bridge Studios, Kyle of Lochalsh
- Friday 12th August – Charleston Academy, Inverness
Eilidh Cormack, Fèisgoil Administrator said: “Eilidh MacKenzie and I are delighted to be able to come together in person this summer with the wonderful tutor team to support them in preparing for YMI in the coming school year. These training days are aimed at both returning tutors who have worked with us on Trad YMI before, as well as musicians interested in getting involved with the initiative as a tutor for the first time as we take a look at resources, activities and working practices in the return to face-to-face tuition following the Covid-19 pandemic.”
As an experienced YMI tutor, Anne Martin will be delivering sessions at the training days, especially focussing on the use of Gaelic and the localisation of the music in the sessions to ensured the pupils’ connection with the language and the music.
If you would like to register for one of the training days, please complete the registration form found here. We look forward to seeing you there and getting geared up for YMI’s 20th anniversary!