Currently available across the range of primary classes
Funding from the Youth Music Initiative has boosted dialect singing in Shetland’s schools. Maria Barclay Millar has visited most primaries, in blocks of six weekly workshops, and she will continue her visits in session 2011-12.
Maria's CD of Shetland songs (Evergreen) has an accompanying resource folder, distributed to all schools. She has songs for all age groups, and has visited some nurseries and playgroups too. The Shetland singing classes have proved very popular with both pupils and parents.
Play in a box
Several Shetland schools have taken part in a project entitled ‘Play in a Box’, funded by SIC Creative Links. The aim of ‘Play in a Box’ is to provide schools with a drama resource pack, and to provide teachers with the opportunity and support to undertake a dialect play.
Two plays written by Marsali Taylor were identified and prepared for the project: Da Ketling, da Fox an da Muckle Rat for primary and Suspeecion for secondary.
Teacher’s notes, CDs, class notes and costumes are included in the package on offer to schools. Workshops led by Marsali Taylor are also available to supplement the packs. The workshops offer a great chance for teachers and pupils to learn new drama skills and build up confidence, as well as giving the opportunity and encouragement to speak in Shetland dialect.
All Shetland schools have Songs and Sights of Shetland, compiled by Christine Guy, illustrated by Alma Lewis., and published by Shetland Arts Trust in 1995. Includes lyrics, music and guitar chords for 56 songs, together with photographs and much background information.