Every year, Fèisean nan Gàidheal organises and delivers training for fèis tutors and preparations are well underway for an excellent session at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye on February 22nd and 23rd.
The course is based on music teaching, but teaching techniques, support and principles hold true for other subjects as well.
There are three levels and young tutors aged between 16 and 18 are permitted on Level 1, by arrangement.
Subjects such as ‘Warm-ups’, Preparing for a Fèis, Child Protection and Gaelic are on the timetable, and taught by principal tutors and musicians Andy Thorburn, formerly of Blazin’ Fiddles and many other bands, and Val Bryan, former music teacher at Ullapool High School, supported by other excellent tutors.
An informal music session will be held on Saturday night (open to all), and an opportunity to practise teaching skills on Sunday.
Although the two days will be very busy, we don’t forget the fun element and promise that everyone will have a most enjoyable time.
Iona MacDonald, course organiser, commented: “Although Fèisean nan Gàidheal has been running tutor training courses for many years now, we are reviewing and improving them each time to make them as enjoyable and as appropriate as they can be.
“We have two very busy days, but our participants will go home with a better knowledge, understanding and confidence regarding teaching in front of a class, and we guarantee that they will have fun while doing it -just like the fèisean.”