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Catherine P.

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  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2008
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Catherine P.

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

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 myself with bands li

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Jane
Great lesson! So excited that I have such a great teacher!
Jennifer A.
Catherine is very personable and patient. I'm enjoying my lessons and she has so much knowledge to share.
Hilary B.
I felt like have known her for a long time. Excellent instructor, concise, clear, encouraging. She makes me feel motivated to do more.
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Anthony M.

12 Reviews
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  • Speaks Italian, Spanish, English
  • Awarded 1st Place Overall Winner from Nicol-Brown Invitational Contest, Albany NY
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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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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Toni C.

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  • Awarded Best Of from Gigsalad
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education from FAU Florida Atlantic University
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Toni C.

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Our lessons will be encouraging, positive and productive but most importantly will layer in love and Fun! I am here to help you in a friendly manner as a classroom teacher for over 15 years. Achieve your goals from newbies to more seasoned pipers. Curriculum is individualized based on student’s musical interests. Students will learn proper technique and important musical concepts like reading notes, sight-reading and playing tunes before you know it. We work together and have fun along the way! All ages welcome and all abilities. I enjoy watching students gain confidence and learn more about themselves during lessons. Give it a go and see what you think~ Shoot me a message and lets get started. Aye!

About Toni

As a former school teacher and understanding what it's like to learn a new subject like an instrument and the Bagpipes on top of that - I knew I wanted to learn how to play because I just Loved the sound from the pipes! So what's it going to take, what's involved, how much time do I have to put i

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Cody
Toni is full of great knowledge and super helpful about care and details about the practice chanter! Who knew there was so much to know about the little instrument?
Flip M.
Great first lesson!
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William D.

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

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About William

Autism, blindness

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Terrence D.
First lesson completed and already very comfortable with the instruction and William the Instructor who is on point with every movement right or wrong with patience. Generous with time for me to self correct without judgment. A+
James J.
Ray
Exceptional first lesson. William was very cordial yet methodical and helped me understand the purpose of establishing a strong foundation in the scale and notes changes which I believe will set me up for success. He was very patient and helped me relax and understand everything. Well worth the time and I highly recommend him.
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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
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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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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Jason S.
For my first lesson, I wasn’t intimidated and it was actually one of the best first time experiences I’ve ever had… I am motivated to start practicing and I cannot wait until the next lesson
Barry
Excellent, easy to work with and very knowledgeable
Justine
Michael is an incredible teacher. My fiance has never played a musical instrument before in his life and I got him a few lessons for his birthday. At first, I wasn't sure how virtual music lessons would go, but Michael is by all accounts, an incredibly engaging, funny, and knowledgeable instructor. My fiance looks forward to his weekly lessons with Michael. In particular, he enjoys learning about the history of this incredible instrument alongside the actual music theory and practical aspects of learning a new instrument.

It has been truly incredible to witness my fiance transform in a few short weeks from someone scared of learning a new instrument to someone who is confident that he can learn a new skill provided he puts in the time and effort to practice and show up! Michael has given him the confidence and the inspiration to make amazing progress as a student.

I highly recommend Michael as an instructor. He really makes the virtual format work and he knows how to introduce beginner musicians to the joys of learning how to express yourself on an instrument.
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Karen D.

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  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 1980
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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.

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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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Anthony F.
Karen is very patient & caring while teaching.
Gelaney W.
I will definitely be expanding my accordion skills & of music theory . I’ll also be adding some 😎 Jazz Standards to my repertoire ☺️.
Kelly S.
Karen was not prepared for the lesson. She spent 15 minutes trying to send me photos from a beginner Tabla book available on Amazon. She did not own a set of Tabla drums. She ensured me she could teach anything, but could not pronounce the words used for proper Tabla technique, knew no history and could not even teach me to tune. She literally was reading out of the book figuring it out along the way. I lost a lot of trust from this and asked for a full refund for future lessons.

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The average cost of 60-minute bagpipes lessons is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $50 and $75 per hour.
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"Michael takes the time to make sure you do it right! Lots of patience. No better way to start bagpipe lessons than with Michael."
John
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"Michael is very clear, sense of purpose, knowledgeable, easy to learn, and encouraging"
Carly
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"Michael was very patient and not only gave me a bagpipe lesson but walked me through the use on my computer. We even had to use the telephone for voice communication. I think there is no problem he cannot over come."
Stephen
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"I am a Retired Federal Special Agent and I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I've always wanted to learn how to play the Highland Bagpipes. I met William a few years ago and he has made my dream come true. William is a caring and patient instructor. He will teach you all details and techniques of playing the instrument and how to play the tunes correctly. William will take a complicated piece of music and will show you an easy path to successful completion of of playing the tune. I have seen William teach all ages and genders and special needs students and all have been successful musicians. William has transformed this hard headed student from a person that could not read music to a performing as a band member with the Tucson Highlanders Pipe band. I STRONGLY recommend William as a Bagpipe Instructor."
George
Took Bagpipes lessons from William D.
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"Michael has been great for my two kids. One takes guitar lessons from him and the other takes bag pipe lessons. He is a master of both and very good with beginners on!"
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Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"Teaches at a pace that I can learn from. Not too fast but also not too slow. GREAT JOB"
George
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"I've only had one full lesson with Catherine and I can still say that in all my years of musical education she's the best teacher I've ever had. She's kind and understanding but not afraid to correct, she's patient and able to be casual but still keeps you on track, and she's very intuitive. I found her predicting or explaining problems I didn't have words for before they even happened, and she has tons of solutions to suggest. If you're looking for a bagpipe instructor she is well worth it!"
Camille
Took Bagpipes lessons from Catherine P.
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"He was a great teacher. He was very patient with me. I learned a lot in the lessons I took"
Heath
Took Bagpipes lessons from Michael L.
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"Catherine is the best kind of teacher! Her passion for the pipes is tangible and exciting. She is a patient teacher who makes gentle, yet specific instructions and corrections. During my time working with her I was surprised how fast I progressed from someone with no experience with the bagpipes to playing my first song. I would absolutely recommend Catherine to anyone interested in learning or even just getting more information on the pipes!"
Gabriel
Took Bagpipes lessons from Catherine P.
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"First lesson completed and already very comfortable with the instruction and William the Instructor who is on point with every movement right or wrong with patience. Generous with time for me to self correct without judgment. A+"
Terrence
Took Bagpipes lessons from William D.
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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 worl

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d 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!