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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


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


Free Inclusive Dance Training @ Dance Base

Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for dance, is offering two inclusive dance training sessions for dance artists and schools teachers. These sessions have been designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and attributes to provide and have an insight into creative movement sessions for groups with diverse abilities. This will be delivered by Indepen-dance, … Continued


The Woodilee Collection of Traditional Music by Simon McKerrell – New Tune Book Out Now

This post is taken from Simon McKerrell’s website: The Woodilee Collection of Traditional Music is my combined collection of 73 traditional tunes I have composed for bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, banjo, whistle, fiddle accordion and other instruments. The tunes stretch as far back as the 1990s for me personally, and I have only included the melodies … Continued


Tax & Accounting For Musicians Workshop – 11th Dec, Glasgow

Tax & Accounting For Musicians: Get It Right and Save Money! 11th Dec, 11am-1pm Scottish Music Centre, 100 Candleriggs, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G1 1NQ As a professional, self-employed musician, accounting and tax is an essential part of your work – but they can be a daunting experience and a minefield of potential pitfalls. The Musicians’ Union … Continued


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. Also included is Mentoring for Traditional Arts Organisations: A Way Ahead? – Jo Miller’s insight into … Continued


New Book: A Story to Every Dance by Mats Melin

“The Scottish solo dance tradition is peppered with stories attached to specific dances… Most of these stories suggest an origin for a dance anchored in a distance past, but they may also form some level of meaning-making” Today our colleague, friend and TDFS board member, Mats Melin, releases his new book, A Story to Every Dance, published under … Continued


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


Three Craws

A song 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. Introduce youngsters to some accessible Scots language with family favourite, “Three … Continued


Le Petit Bannock

Storytelling uses verbal and non-verbal methods of communication, which means stories are ideal for sharing between languages. It can be challenging but it makes for co-operation and an understanding of different languages. It is also lots of fun, which is what storytelling should be about! Depending on the stories chosen, this approach works for young … Continued

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