Scottish Piper was founded in 1999 by John Main. His aim was to teach the bagpipe to anybody who loved the instrument and really wanted to learn regardless of their financial position.
The School now has a policy of teaching all young people under the age of 18 years free of charge as well as providing chanters to those who need them. A bagpipe can also be loaned to students till they earn enough to buy their own. As the cost of reeds and music to new pipers can be significant, Scottish Piper also provides all reeds as well as all the required music.
Obviously this costs money: the school is completely self funding. Once pupils have reached the required standard, they are expected to play at professional shows and events. The school also goes busking once/twice a month(depending on the weather!) to raise money.
At the end of each year those students who worked for the school gets a percentage of the money they helped raise.
As we have a large number of people applying to join the school, entrance is strictly by interview/audition. Not only has the pupil to show commitment we also expect the parents’ to show commitment to the school.
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