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Caithness News Bulletins November 2004
GIBSON CALLS FOR TRADITIONAL MUSIC
TUTION TO BE EXTENDED
The initiative is a scheme set up by the Scottish Executive with the aim by 2006 that every primary child in Scotland should have access to at least one year's free music tuition. The SNP MSP's comments follow his visit to Dunbeath Primary School in Caithness On Friday Morning (5/11/04), where piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie and guitarist/bassist Barry Reid led the second of four music sessions for the children there.
Mr Gibson said...."It was amazing to watch the music session develop. We saw the professionalism of the tutors being lapped up by the pupils. First they had to remember the difference between jigs, reels and Strathspeys, then they were encouraged to try out musical instruments for themselves in group work before playing penny whistle and percussion."
"Seeing the initiative in action really strengthens my resolve to see this format rolled out to every primary school in Scotland. These visits are for a four week period. This has to be increased so that pupils get longer periods to play and gain more understanding and enjoyment of our musical traditions."
He continued..."Giving children a better understanding of their communities helps add to their self-esteem because traditional arts should be encouraged wherever possible."
He went on to praise the efforts of Feis Rois who provide the tutors for this phase of the Caithness and Inverness primary schools project on behalf of Highland Council.
"The work done by Feis Rois, and in
particular Rita Hunter, has offered new scope for many more youngsters to
experience live music and enjoy a part of the thriving cultural scene of
the Highlands and beyond. Feis Rois's own success has led to this
initiative being rolled out by their tutors in the North. "