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William D.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Highland Bagpipes from College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Teaching since 1992
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William D.

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Autism, blindness

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Steven G.
Fantastic teacher!
Steven G.
Very, very good
Marlin K.
Excellent!!! Great 1st lesson
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Anthony M.

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  • Speaks Italian, Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2009
  • M.Ed. from University of St. Thomas
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Anthony M.

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I have competed and performed in several continents around the globe and have been coached by the best and most renowned bagpipers in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. A teacher by trade, I have the tools you need to succeed with this instrument, whether you are just beginning or are an advanced player.

We will focus on the fundamental skills needed to make your music a joy to hear! I hold a Master's degree in Education and know what it takes to raise your playing to a higher standard. Message me to see if we could be a good match!

About Anthony

Ever since I was 8 years old, I have loved playing the bagpipes. The instrument was not easy at first - and admittedly I wanted to quit taking lessons early on - but by persevering through the initial learning curve I took off with it and my life has honestly never been the same since. My hope is t

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Doug M.
Excellent. Super patient, personable, knowledgeable.
Omar Z.
Anthony takes time to explain concepts and assists you when you have difficulty understanding how to play a piece. He gets on your level to make sure you stay motivated and encourages you to keep practicing and makes playing fun so you become a great piper! He is a professional and comes highly recommended for every the new pipers like myself.
Ed
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Catherine P.

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  • Teaching since 2009
  • BA in Philosphy from George Mason University
  • Awarded Magic Chanter Award from Central Coast Pipes and Drums
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Catherine P.

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Learn to play the Great Highland Bagpipes in a year. Fun, simple lessons that will help you learn to play the Bagpipes. Catherine focuses on sight reading, proper notation and technique so you can be a proficient musician of the Bagpipes!

About Catherine

I have been playing the Bagpipes since I was 8 years old and have played with two bands, a local community band and a competition band, competing and playing professionally for the last 25 years. Many of my students have won medals in solo competition and have played alongside bands like the World

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David
Took the edge of learning a new instrument off quickly and was super positive
Maddie H.
Catherine is great!!
John
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Michael L.

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  • Bachelor of Science in Music from University of Colorado at Denver
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Rising Star Award from Gigmasters
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Michael L.

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I make learning the bagpipes super fun! I use a really fun and fast approach to getting students up and playing in no time and more advanced players to the next level. For online lessons I use all of the latest technology including screen sharing, virtual snip and sketch and ink, lesson and practice follow up videos, and many other awesome tools to enhance the online experience. 26 years experience teaching beginner to professional level pipers.

About Michael

Michael offers a fun and fast approach to getting students up playing and progressing forward in no time. 26 years experience teaching beginner to the professional level. Studio and Online lessons. For online lessons Michael uses all of the latest technology including screen sharing, virtual sn

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Kevin G.
Great instruction! The time was packed with information. Thanks Michael.
Andrew B.
Awesome lesson can’t wait for the next one .
Jim M.
Michael is excellent bagpipe teacher!!! I am looking forward to my next lesson.

Daniel P.

9 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Bachelor of Music from Belmont University
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Daniel P.

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I am a Grade II bagpipe and had great success in the competition circuit. From beginner to advanced; for fun or for competition; I can help prepare you!

About Daniel

Daniel toured with the violin troupe, Barrage for two years playing Violin/Fiddle, Bagpipes, and Irish whistles. While touring with Barrage, Daniel performed for audiences in 11 different countries, and was involved with 103 high school and middle school workshops for over 6,861 students in 3 coun

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loved it it was so so so much fun :)
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Karen D.

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  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
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Karen D.

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You don’t need a Bagpipe to get started. All you would need is a practice chanter and a teacher. Starting with basics of learning notes, rhythms and songs, as the students progress they can even bring in songs they would like to learn. Being an expert Voice Teacher I have breathing techniques way beyond your typical Bagpipe teacher.

About Karen

Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method! No End To How Good You Can Get! Become Better Than Anyone Out There! Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage! Karen D. -Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method -Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Musi

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Erika H.
Karen is an incredibly skillful teacher. She is very passionate about music and it easy to be comfortable with her. She shares her training and knowledge very clearly. The vocal exercises seem very unique and holistic for body and voice health. She is very encouraging, caring, and soul-uplifting. I feel like I have a new connection with my voice and all that is connected to using it... as an instrument and the journey is only just starting. 45 minutes went by so fast. I am looking forward to my next lessons.
Earl L.
Excellent teacher
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I thought I wanted to take viola lessons. Then I read her website and I realized that she might be able to help me get my voice back! I thought there was no hope ever. She has been extremely generous with her time, and I haven't seen her yet, but I'm not buying the viola I was planning on buying. I play cello, and piano still, but I am going to see if she can help me with my voice. She sounds incredible. I never dreamed that I could even have HOPE like this!

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing bagpipes teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Average Cost of Bagpipes Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute bagpipes lessons is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $60 and $75 per hour.
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"Karen fixed my problem in five minutes after I had two years of getting no where. I play clarinet and was curling my fingers like on a clarinet. On a bagpipe, you must lay the fingers flat. Suddenly all the pressure problems with the reed went away."
Carl
Took Bagpipes lessons from Karen D.
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"A year ago Catherine taught my 13 year old daughter the Chanter and the basics of the Bagpipe. She was very wonderful in the way she communicated on Skype and made each lesson fun and inspiring. My daughter was very eager to spend the time with Catherine and have lessons at least twice a week. Unfortunately, my daughters gymnastics schedule took over and we were not able to continue. As soon as gymnastics ends we hope to be back with Catherine and continue the lessons. She is wonderful, professional and a great inspiring teacher. My daughter and I highly recommend Catherine to anyone looking to learn this wonderful instrument. Catherine is a beautifully skilled musician and the the best to teach the art of the Bagpipe. See you soon!"
James Ian
Took Bagpipes lessons from Catherine P.
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"Great guy, amazing musician. Patient with beginning students, helps them struggle through material."
Alex
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"Awesome instruction. He made it easy."
Tonya
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"Michael is an amazing instructor. He has been great at teaching me, as I came to him never having played an instrument, or knowing how to read music. We started right from the beginning and now a year and a half in I'm starting to play on the real thing. I would not recommend anyone else, he is top notch!"
Crag
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"William as been giving me lessons on the bagpipes since January of 2013, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. William's guidance, style, and skill have taken me from my first lesson on the practice chanter to my first public performances.

William has a easy-going, comfortable and capable style of teaching. He is comfortable adapting to each student's wants and needs rather than forcing each student to follow the same lessons and learning path. He has taught the bagpipes to students from all walks of life and ages.

I've been very happy with his training. I'm looking forward to continuing my training with him, and would recommend him to beginners and experienced musicians alike."
Ike
Took Bagpipes lessons from William D.
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"Anthony is a great teacher; patient and understanding. I am learning much more than I would on my own. When I hit difficult phrases, he helps breakdown the segnents then build them back together. Highly recommended!"
Therese
Took Bagpipes lessons from Anthony M.
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"Talk about FUN! Learned so much already. And quickly- Been putting this off to find the right fit. I'm gamed! Really like Toni has tons of patience, positive, professional, warm and friendly!"
Kelly
Took Bagpipes lessons from Toni C.
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"Michael is a very patient, kind and understanding. He is willing to assist in any way he can to help and support. Michael is a fabulous instructor! I look forward to my next lesson."
Penny
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"Catherine is a wonderful instructor! She is very positive, kind and patient. I highly recommend her!"
Janice B.
Took Bagpipes lessons from Catherine P.
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Private Bagpipes Lessons Near You

Sometimes called the pipes, a set of pipes, or a stand of pipes, the bagpipes are a woodwind instrument. Bagpipes use a set of enclosed reeds that are continuously fed air from a reservoir (the bag). The Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes are the best known type of bagpipes in the Western Hemisphere. A variety of bagpipes, however, have been played for at least a thousand years throughout Northern Africa, Europe, and Western Asia, including Turkey, the Caucasus, and the Persian Gulf. 

Use of modern bagpipes is wide-spread, and their early origins go as far back as 1000 B.C. to a depiction of bagpipes in an Anatolian sculpture. In recent history, however, the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes have become the most well-known pipes, with the spread of the British empire around the world and the bagpipes' use by trained pipers in both World War I and II. 

Modern pipers tend to play for a love of Scottish culture, dance, folk music, and ancestry. In spite of the pipes' fairly lamenting tone, they've become an instrument of both mourning and celebration. Along with funerals, you'll find pipers marching and piping in parades, weddings, and sporting events. 

Why Learn to Play Bagpipes?

Whether you're excited to don traditional Highland dress — kilt, scarf, and all — or simply love the sound of bagpipes, you'll find many reasons both professional and physical to learn to play bagpipes. Professional opportunities abound for pipers. You can find positions in clan of pipers or take on solo gigs piping at official events. 

The bagpipes are also quite healthy to play. Playing strengthens your lungs and increases breathing capacity. As a result, you'll increase your blood oxygen levels and the overall function of your body. 

How to Learn Bagpipes Fast and What You'll Study in Lessons

You can find plenty of free bagpipes lessons online, but the best way to learn to play bagpipes is by studying with a private tutor. In private lessons, you'll receive immediate feedback, avoid developing bad habits early on, and overcome challenges quickly. You'll also stay motivated with lessons completely customized to meet your needs and hold your interest.

Every private bagpipes lesson is different. For example, bagpipes lessons for children differ greatly in terms of teaching methods and course content from adult bagpipes classes. Your bagpipes tutor will make sure your lessons cover the topics that interest you most, while also challenging you to improve your piping skills, as you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Bagpipes Classes

If you have only a little or no previous experience piping, then beginner lessons are for you. It's recommended that many beginner students start learning bagpipes on a practice chanter. So, if you're not sure piping is your true dream, then we recommend starting out by purchasing this small, affordable practice instrument. Subjects taught in beginner lessons vary based on the student's existing musical knowledge, but your bagpipes teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to instrument anatomy, care, proper posture, and proper grips
  • Proper embouchure
  • Learn basic skills and fingering on a practice chanter
  • Introduction to music theory
  • Learn to read musical notation

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Bagpipes

If you haven't already transitioned from your practice chanter to playing a full set of bagpipes, you'll do so in intermediate lessons. In these classes, you'll improve your skills, techniques, touch, and breathing with practice exercises and by learning to play increasingly difficult music. In intermediate lessons, your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Master consistent air pressure
  • Learn to strike-in and cut-off pipes with proper timing
  • Transition between blowing and squeezing
  • Learn to tune your drones to your chanter
  • Start to play expressively

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Bagpipes

If you know your way around the bagpipes and have been piping for a while, then advanced piper lessons are for you. In these lessons, you'll increase lung capacity and strength, play increasingly complex and expressive music, and get used to keeping time and tune while piping with other pipers. Advanced lesson content depends greatly on the individual student's interests and goals, but your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Learn to pipe with other pipers
  • Play with embellishments
  • Practice advanced rhythm techniques
  • Audition coaching and performance preparation
  • Gigging and the business of bagpipes

How to Find a Bagpipes Teacher Near You

Finding a bagpipes tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A simple search will quickly direct you to a variety of highly qualified and experienced teachers who offer lessons near you and online to students of all ages and abilities. The cost of bagpipes classes varies, but teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. Before selecting your teacher, we recommend looking at several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other music students. You'll find that investing in private lessons will pay off dividends, as you pick up new skills and your playing improves quickly!