- History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Local Studies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Myself and my Family (History), Natural environments (Geography)
- Counties catered for:
- Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Fiona is a third-generation traditional musician and is a music educator in schools with a lifelong interest in local history. On her visits, Fiona aims to emphasis the values and traditions that endure through the oral heritage of music and song and can facilitate both single and multi-day visits.
She brings and demonstrates a wide range of traditional instruments to the school and encourages hands-on with available instruments. She introduces the children to the story of their own place by researching and learning local tunes and songs and documenting them for posterity. Her visits provide opportunities for impromptu live performances in the classroom through composing by using the three ancient types of Irish music as described in Celtic folklore: Suantraí, Geantraí and Goltraí.
Subsequent school visits can encompass guided trips to local heritage sites (especially those that feature in local traditions and songs). Fiona also works at theCeolaras Coleman Heritage Centre in Gurteen, Co. Sligo as a teacher, performer and researcher and can provide a guided visit to the centre with a range of activities including - the music exhibition area with interactive multimedia terminals featuring the history of Irish traditional music, demonstration of musical instruments with a hands-on experience, explore the Coleman traditional cottage and participate in a live music session.
All workshops are interactive, with a chance for all members in the class to participate. Strand integration includes Gaeilge (place names, amhráin, scéalta); English (oral language, new vocabulary, stories); Music / History (music and instruments through the ages, different traditions, performance, composing); Geography (origins of instruments, cultural links); P.E. (dance: appreciation of various music and dance styles)
- Provides in-person visits
- Caters for special needs
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips