School pupils learn to play woodwind instruments outdoors

Published on 20 May 2021, 13:46
Dundee school pupils are blowing the Covid blues away by learning to play woodwind instruments outdoors in a new musical education initiative.

For safety reasons, P5 pupils at Fintry Primary take to the playground with modified instruments – clarinets, flutes and saxophones.

These lightweight instruments, known as Doods, Toots and Jays, are easier for young children to handle and play.

The ‘Doods, Toots and Jays’ session the students receive is split into two parts – practical and musical skills.

In the practical part they learn outside in small groups.

While in the musical skills part of the lesson, the children work on pulse and rhythm, tying in with what they will be working on that week in the practical section.

As well as the in-person delivery, lessons are backed up with short videos of the various instrument specific skills for that week.