Scottish Piper was founded in 1999 with the sole aim of providing Bagpipe Tuition to all in a fun and enjoyable manner. This in no way implies a sub standard lesson, on the contrary, it is well known that youngsters (and adults!) learn faster when they enjoy the subject. With his education and qualifications backed up by 46 years of experience John guarantees that ALL his pupils will reach the required standard to play in public.
Once a pupil has learnt the basics and a few tunes it is then up to the student to decide what they want to do in the piping world: some are desperate to play in solo competition, some want to play in pipe bands, some want to play at shows and some just want to play for their own enjoyment. Most combine various options and Scottish Piper can ensure that students have the opportunity to try as many as they want.
No options are set in stone, however all students are expected to attempt the examinations set by The Associated Board of Bagpipe Schools. (ABBS)
Apart from learning to play the bagpipe the following subjects are taught to all pupils in the normal course of lessons: Musical Theory, Rhythm, Canntaireachd, Piobaireachd and Maintenance.
For the more experienced piper who wishes to brush up a particular skill or to prepare for a competition or examination short courses are available. These courses are tailor made for each piper and are designed to ensure they reach their individual goals.
Scottish Piper prides itself on being a family of pipers. I provide a safe and secure environment (PVG registered) in which my pupils not only learn the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe but are actively encouraged to interact with other pupils which helps develop their personal and interpersonal skills.