Young tin whistle players stand in line and play a tune together.

YMI for Schools

We deliver traditional music and arts projects in primary and secondary schools across Scotland and offer bespoke projects based on the learning requirements of the individual schools and local authorities.

Read about the work Fèis Rois delivered in schools across Dumfries and Galloway in the academic session 2021/22 here.

Read about the work Fèis Rois delivered as its contribution to YMI in Highland schools in 2021/22 here. This is a partnership project with Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Highland Council

The Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme (administered by Creative Scotland) aims to enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music making. Through YMI funding we have delivered music projects in 19 out of 32 Scottish local authorities and assisted schools in delivering the Scottish Government’s commitment that “every school pupil in Scotland should be offered a year of free music tuition by the time they leave primary school”.

Fit Like The Day! Fèis Rois worked with 18 classes from Aberdeenshire primary schools to create this song all about Aberdeenshire. 14 young musicians from primary and secondary schools play the music with Scots singer Iona Fyfe.

You can read what some of our YMI tutors had to say about the importance of having these musical experiences and also their personal highlights as a YMI tutor here.

All our education projects aim to meet specific Curriculum for Excellence outcomes which you read more about here.


We have created numerous teaching resources which can be used and enjoyed in the classroom and at home. Have a look through our resources here.

For more information about our YMI programme, please contact Rachael.

YMI breaks down any social barriers, providing a safe, fun, collaborative environment that engages every child no matter what their family and living circumstances.

John Somerville – YMI tutor

The tutors were all enthusiastic and knowledgeable and engaged the children in the sessions. Pupils were enthusiastic about what they were learning and gained knowledge about Scottish culture as well as the instruments themselves. The sessions allowed children to use and show skills they may not have been able to showcase and develop without this specialist input.


I would give it 5 stars out of 5! It was amazing.

9 year old pupil

I liked it, I would give it 10/10, it inspired me to try and play the bagpipes. 

9 year old pupil

The project was very well organised and delivered with such joy. The children absolutely loved this and have definitely taken a lot from this

Class teacher

I cannot thank you enough. The quality of the learning delivered was excellent. So professional, relevant, well prepared, at the right level and engaging. You were a highlight of our home learning.

Head Teacher

The lessons were incredibly engaging and really well pitched for all children

Class teacher
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