Scotland’s Stories – Online Teaching Resource

Scotland’s Stories presents a variety of traditional Scottish stories in written form and a collection of tales on video to allow pupils to access and experience the living storytelling tradition. The resource acts as a springboard for creating a story-rich culture in the classroom and will support literacy and language work in the classroom from … Continued

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Creative Communities Resource

Introduction and Guidance for The People’s Parish initiative to explore the creative culture and heritage of every part of Scotland, empowering communities to shape and share their own stories of place. Downloadable Resource below includes: Getting Started Common Ground ABC of local distinctiveness Common Ground Parish Map The Way We Live Now Story Circle Guidelines … Continued

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Casting A New Vision For Step Dance Education in Scotland

Day of Conversation & Professional Development Perth Theatre | Sunday 24 February 2019   This gathering of step dance educators was hosted by First Footing artist-in-residence Nic Gareiss, the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education. It was attended by delegates from Aberdeen, Perth, … Continued

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Mentoring For The Traditional Arts

A short film from the mentoring training session run by Jo Miller for the Traditional Music Forum in 2017. Participants and tutors from some of Scotland’s key non-formal teaching organisations talk about the benefits of mentoring for their practice.

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Code of Practice, Quality Framework & Professional Development for non-formal education

This document is the result of a long process of discussion about ways of supporting the many groups in the non-formal sector in Scotland with a commitment to fostering the widest possible practice of traditional music skills, vocal and instrumental, in their communities. The traditional music community sets a great deal of value on informal … Continued

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Simple Singing Warm-Ups

Simple Singing Warm-ups by Christina Stewart A warm-up signals the start of the singing session and encourages all the participants to focus on the activities. Physical and vocal warm-ups help get the body ready to sing and as they get older, warm-ups become more important for children’s voice production. The aims of a warm-up are … Continued

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A Scottish Seasonal Calendar

HOGMANAY TO HARVEST/HOGMANAY TAE HAIRST In this resource, storyteller and Director of TRACS, Donald Smith, takes us through a range of Scottish and multicultural seasonal customs, suggesting simple yet effective ways one can encourage enjoyment and participation through recognising small changes in the seasons. January New Year begins with acts of kindness and hospitality and … Continued

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Bride and Angus (Brìde is Aonghas)

A story as part of the Gifting Every Child Resource, which is a perfect starting point for parents, teachers and youth organisations to build their own local collections, to ensure the songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs every child in Scotland should know. Curated by storyteller Bea Ferguson, the user is encouraged to pick … Continued

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Assipattle and the Stoorworm

A story as part of the Gifting Every Child Resource, which is a perfect starting point for parents, teachers and youth organisations to build their own local collections, to ensure the songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs every child in Scotland should know. Curated by storyteller Bea Ferguson, the user is encouraged to pick … Continued

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The Salmon of Knowledge (Bradan an eolais)

A story as part of the Gifting Every Child Resource, which is a perfect starting point for parents, teachers and youth organisations to build their own local collections, to ensure the songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs every child in Scotland should know. Curated by storyteller Bea Ferguson, the user is encouraged to pick … Continued

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