Author: Martin

🎅 🎄 A YMI Christmas 🎄 🤶

Our YMI elves have been busying away creating lots of fun Christmas music activities for you all and we’re so excited to share them with you.

More importantly, we can’t wait to see you join in and we hope you will share your class activities with us on Twitter by tagging @GlasgowCREATE.

Primary 1-3 – Father Christmas…He got stuck!

P1-3 children will love joining in with this Christmas action song. 

The song’s simple and familiar melody (Frere Jacques) is accompanied with Makaton signs that match the beat and rhythm of the music. PDF includes flashcards to help with learning the signs. 

When you are confident with your singing and actions, you can add percussion instruments to your performance!  

The video and PDF will show you how. 

Primary 1-3 – The Little Church Bell 

This song has a lovely message: Everyone is important – no matter how small your voice is! 

Join in with the chorus of the song with Mrs. Brackenridge. You might even want to add some jingle bells and other Christmassy sounding instruments! 

The PDF has the lyrics to help you learn. 


Primary 1 – A Christmas Sound Story

Follow along with Rosanne and Richard as they read you the story Winnie the Pooh – A Song for Christmas


Primary 2 & 3 – Rudolph’s Rag

Watch and follow along with the YMI teams’ version of Rudolph’s Rag


Primary 4 & 5 – Troika

Watch the YMI team perform Troika. This can be performed using classroom percussion instruments or body percussion.


Primary 6 & 7 – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ‘W’rap

Join in this fun ‘w’rap here


Seasonal Ukuleles

Follow along with Louise’s Yule-kelele Christmas Medley


Santa’s Samba

Follow along with Martin’s Christmas themed Santa’s Samba performance

‘I am the Earth’ – A Citywide COP26 Music Project

As the world’s eyes look upon Glasgow ahead of COP26, the CREATE YMI & IMS team have launched an ambitious citywide music project based on the song ‘I am the Earth’ by Australian composer Glyn Lehmann.

Our tutors have created fabulous resources around this song for teachers to use in class. All the material, including lyric sheet, percussion rhythms, video lessons for early, first and second level as well as demonstration video and backing track can be found here.

The project will culminate in the creation of a video performance of recordings gathered from all schools and all stages citywide, which will then be broadcast at the start of COP26, along with special live performances from schools at high profile events during COP26.

In order to be part of the finished recording, please video your class performance along to the backing track provided and share via OneDrive to by Friday 8th October.

YMI Summer Showcase

PREMIERES Wed 26th May at 2pm on the CREATE YouTube Channel.

Welcome to the CREATE YMI Summer Showcase 2021. Our Youth Music Initiative (YMI) tutors have been delivering remote learning video lessons to all primary schools across Glasgow, with a focus on the music of Scotland, China and India. We are delighted to showcase some of the great work that has been going on in classrooms across the city. Enjoy these wonderful performances!

YMI Programme Apr-Jun 2021

April / May 2021

CREATE YMI Summer Showcase – 26th May

Watch online at

Video music lessons to guide your class through rehearsal and performance of material from our ‘Music from Scotland and other cultures’ lessons.
All released: 21st April

Send your class performance videos via OneDrive to by 14th May to feature in the Summer Showcase!

June 2021

Video music lessons for P1-7 & ASN – Carnival theme Linked to COP26 and Learning for Sustainability
Released: 2nd, 9th & 16th June

YMI Remote Learning

Our YMI Team will be uploading new lessons each week which you can join in with at home here. Please remember to check back each Wednesday for a new video.

All videos are hosted on the CREATE YouTube channel. Included is a safe URL which can be used for viewing on a Connected Learning iPad and for distributing via Seesaw/Showbie etc.

‘Love from Glasgow’ Competition

Music is a wonderful way to share messages of positivity with our friends, families and communities. A simple song or piece of music has the power to put a smile on anyone’s face, to make them laugh or to remind them how much they are loved and appreciated. 

We invite you to enter our ‘Love from Glasgow’ competition with your own isolation creation! 

Your challenge is to write a song or a piece of music, record it and send it as a message to someone – think about friends or family that you are unable to visit right now, or those people in the community that you would like to thank for what they are doing to help us. Follow the instructions below to enter the competition! 

To get started… 

Visit the CREATE Instrumental Music Service Youtube channel where our team have been sharing their tips and tricks for song writing and creating music at home. 

Using technology 

Explore apps like GarageBand to create chord progressions for backing tracks or to add a variety of instruments to your composition. 

Writing music down 

Don’t know how to write music? That’s ok! You can improvise and record as you go or create a graphic score using lines, shapes and pictures. 

Writing lyrics 

A great place to start could be using the structure and melody of an existing song and writing your own lyrics. Our videos have more tips for lyrics, rhyming and structure. 

Making instruments 

If you don’t have any instruments at home, make some! Be creative with what you have – watch our videos and learn how to create rhythms with boxes and wooden spoons! 

To enter the competition: 

✓ Record a video of your creation (max 2 mins) and post it on Twitter
✓ Tell us who your musical message is for and why
✓ Tag @GlasgowCREATE
✓ Use #LovefromGlasgow and #GetGlasgowComposing 

Deadline for entries: Friday 19th June 2020 

Prize vouchers for 1st (£150) 2nd (£100) 3rd (£50) place kindly donated by Haydock Music.