Train & Sustain: : Improvisation in Early Years

Enterprise Music Scotland is committed to providing opportunities for continued professional development for ensemble based music workshop practitioners. Train and Sustain provides professional training in delivering music workshops followed by placements allowing participants to put their new skills into practice. Since beginning in 2012, Train and Sustain has provided training for workshops in a range of settings including primary schools, ASN schools, for those living with dementia and most recently, improvisation workshops for early years.

In July 2016, six professional musicians worked with Una MacGlone and Ana Almeida  to explore the use of improvisation in early years environments. Una and Ana facilitated a day of presentations, discussions and practical ‘hands-on’ workshops designed to help participants create and develop their own learning experiences to deliver during placements.

EMS collaborated with three nurseries based in Glasgow, Kelvin Park Early Years, Mulberry Kindergarten and Glasgow Gaelic School Nursery to set up placements for Train and Sustain participants allowing them to gain practical experience in the skills taught on the training day.

Following the placements, participants were invited to attend a plenary session at Maryhill Burgh Halls. This half day of facilitated discussion provided the opportunity for further training and peer to peer reflection of placements. 

“I really enjoyed the training. I feel that I’ve expanded my knowledge, awareness and experience in an area that I wanted to be involved in but didn’t know where to start with.”

“A thoroughly enriching and mind expanding course. Hopefully the beginning of a new direction in my life. Having the opportunity to use the skills in a practical setting was a great springboard to having confidence to do more of the same.”

Train & Sustain - Improvisation in Early Years is supported by Creative Scotland - Youth Music Initiative & Glasgow City Council