SCOTLAND: Scotia Arts, in partnership with some of Scotland’s top trad and folk artists, has recently launched a new online platform allowing musicians of all levels to learn and improve their playing of traditional music on their favourite instruments, whilst supporting professional musicians in these challenging times.
The new Scottish Music Academy allows players of all abilities from absolute beginner to the most advanced the chance to learn from internationally recognised musicians in the comfort of their own home and at their own pace for a low monthly subscription.
Tutors include Ross Ainslie (whistles), Jenn Butterworth (guitar) and Kevin Henderson (fiddle), who would all normally be packing out venues or playing headlining gigs at festivals up and down the country and internationally, but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic have seen these performances and tours all but dry up for the foreseeable future.
Founder and Director of Scotia Arts, Blair Parham, whose company has been hugely affected by global pandemic said “This new platform has come about as a result of the entire Live Music Sector being decimated by Covid-19; most musicians have had their entire touring and performing schedule wiped this year and with the future uncertain, the Scottish Music Academy gives them some level of additional support.”
Currently the online portal has a very impressive roster of 9 different tutors teaching fiddle, guitar, whistle, mandolin and accordion with lessons arranged into courses aimed at particular ability levels. The Academy has big plans to grow the roster and number of instruments in the future. All lessons are pre-recorded meaning subscribers can pause, practise and replay whenever they want.
Blair Parham said “At the moment, we have over 125 lessons resulting in over 40 hours of high class tuition on the site with members able to access all lessons from all tutors regardless of the instrument played, and we are already in the process of adding other superb musicians to offer even more content to the members. Over time we hope it becomes the go-to site for the trad player here in Scotland as well as overseas where we know there is a huge demand for Scottish music to learn and improve.”
Academy Tutor Calum MacCrimmon, and member of multi award-winning band Breabach said “With all that has been going on in 2020, it has been highly rewarding to focus on this brand-new teaching platform as part of the Scottish Music Academy. I have had a great time researching the material and I am proud to join their all-star cast of folk musicians, filming mixed-level video tutorials for a range of instruments.”
More information on the Scottish Music Academy including all courses and tutors can be found at the website https://scottishmusicacademy.com