Pupils hold ukuleles in front of their faces for a funny group photo.

Dumfries and Galloway Traditional Youth Music

We’ve been working in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council since 2012 to deliver a programme of traditional music to pupils in primary schools across the region. The classes work with professional musicians where they have the opportunity to learn skills in group music making, tin whistle, ukulele, Gaelic song and Scots song.

Fantastic Project! Different activities led by great tutors. Our children thoroughly enjoy the sessions.

Class teacher

Through the project the pupils can also explore their local culture and heritage, create new music and songs, and enhance life skills such as communication, listening, team work and creative thinking.

Some schools have chosen to come together to share their learning.  Here is a clip of Sanquhar Primary and Amisfield Primary learning the ukulele and new songs together:

A song resource for schools called Time to Seinn has been created to enable young people to continue learning after the end of the project.  This resource was designed by musicians working on the project and can be found online.

I have loved being involved in this project and feel that it is of great benefit to the pupils. Fantastic opportunity for pupils to work with and be inspired by musicians. Pupils have also benefitted from performing to others (other classes and audience at the Day Centre) and I definitely think this is a good way to consolidate and celebrate learning.

Class teacher

This project is funded by the Youth Music Initiative