About the Programme
The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) was launched in March 2003 by the Scottish Executive.
It is a nationwide funding programme administered by Creative Scotland and encompassing
all 32 local authorities. YMI was established to support and develop the provision
of opportunities for music making and tuition for young people across Scotland.
Falkirk Community Trust manages the YMI programme on behalf of Falkirk Council.
We deliver three programmes of work within the Youth Music Initiative: Outreach
Programme; Falkirk Traditional Music Project and Tune-in.
Professional musicians work in partnership with primary and
nursery teachers to develop children's musicianship skills and enhance the music
curriculum. The outreach programme has proved to be a very successful project impacting
on a large number of pupils. The weekly workshops use the Kodaly method of musical
education to explore singing and instrumentation within selected Primary schools
Falkirk Traditional Music Project:
Falkirk Traditional Music Project offers pupils from P4 – S6 the opportunity to
learn a traditional Scottish instrument. The Trad Music Project offers tuition and
the loan of instruments at no cost to the pupils. We currently offer tuition in
the Mandolin, Chanter, Accordion, Whistle, Bagpipes, Fiddle and Bodhran. The lessons
are taught by professional traditional musicians after school at Camelon Education
Within the project there is the opportunity for pupils to progress into
one of our Trad Bands. As part of the Trad Band pupils have the opportunity to perform
at various concerts and events throughout the year.
A professional musician supports pupils' music development at the Mariner Support
Service (formerly Falkirk Day Unit and Education Assessment Unit. The musician works
with pupils introducing them to instrumentation and music technology to help increase
confidence, communication skills and develop life skills.
For further information about the Youth Music Initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.