Supporting learning about all aspects of Ulster-Scots language, culture and heritage is central to the work of the Ulster-Scots Agency. Learning can take place in many settings and this website is designed to help users learn a little more about all aspects of Ulster-Scots. This section is focused on our work to support school and community-based learning. All our school learning resources are mapped to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
We offer courses, webinars, talks and experiences for those interested in learning about Ulster-Scots in community settings. We also work closely with colleagues in the Ulster-Scots Community Network who provide a range of community-based learning experiences. Some of the learning we support is accredited – that is, learners receive external recognition (for example from the Open College Network or the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association).
Each year the Ulster-Scots Agency recognises the achievement of learners that have completed tuition courses provided by the Agency in music and dance. We host achievers and their families at prestigious events held at Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
FIFE AND DRUM
Just as the pipes are believed to have originated in Egypt but are synonymous with Scotland, the fife is held to have originated in medieval Europe, but it is now firmly placed as a woodwind instrument that is part of the Ulster-Scots musical tradition.
Scottish Highland Dancing is a very old form of dance and originally would have been performed by men as a test of their strength and agility and to demonstrate their skill. Today, Highland dance is for everyone. There are several types of Highland dances.
Although the precise origins of the Lambeg drum are vague and not comprehensively known, it is most commonly believed that a drum resembling what we know as the Lambeg arrived in the Province of Ulster with the Duke of Schomberg during the Williamite Campaign.
PIPING AND DRUMMING
The Ulster-Scots Agency supports large numbers of schools and community groups to deliver bagpipe and drumming tuition across Ulster today. If you would like to join a piping or drumming class, please contact us, as we would be delighted to signpost you to your nearest tuition programme.