Catherine Pearce
Machias, ME
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Catherine Pearce

Catherine P.

Machias, ME
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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 P.

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 like the World Famous Chieftan's.

My key instructors have been Sandy Jones, Michel D'avenas and Jori Chisholm, all of whom are renowned pipers and Pipe Majors.

I enjoy teaching and have a very patient and gentle style with students. I have taught mature adults and younger students, some with learning disabilities in reading, successfully teaching them to sight read and play fluently and master the bagpipes. I have also taught students with Aspergers with very successful outcomes. Most of my mature students and young students play with competition Pipe Bands now, whereas initially, they had no background in music. I love to help students achieve their goal in piping whether it is to play for their own enjoyment or to compete or participate in a pipe band. Your goal is my goal! It's never to late to be the Bagpiper you always wanted to be!!!


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16 Reviews
Jeffrey M.
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Excellent lesson today. Catherine is incredibly patient and is wonderful at explaining new concepts. I can't wait for my next lesson.

Posted Oct 20, 2020
Jeffrey M.
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Awesome first lesson!

Posted Sep 29, 2020
Faith K.
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Excellent! My weekly bagpipe lessons with Catherine are absolutely the highlight of my week. She presents and instructs at a very comfortable pace and is so clear and patient throughout. As each lesson builds on the previous lesson, I can feel the progression. Her love of the bagpipes is evident which has been such an inspiration.

Posted Sep 1, 2020
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Catherine is not only a great piper, but she's a very calm and understanding teacher. Always encouraging and full of good suggestions for improvement.

Posted Jun 27, 2020
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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!

Posted May 28, 2020
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Took the edge of learning a new instrument off quickly and was super positive

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Maddie H.
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Catherine is great!!

Posted Mar 5, 2020
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Good lesson

Posted Mar 2, 2020
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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!

Posted Feb 28, 2020
James Ian
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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!

Posted Feb 18, 2020
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My son has been taking lessons with Catherine for almost 2 years. We started with in-person lessons and then went to doing the lessons online. She is extremely knowledgeable about music and bagpipes and my son is learning a lot from her. I also started taking lessons from her and even though I didn't pick it up as fast as my son she was able to get me up on pipes. She is great about sending videos to help with practicing and always has great feedback during lessons.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
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Catherine is an incredible teacher. She is patient, kind, understanding, and constructive. She knows so much, not just about how to play the bagpipes, but also how to express the music you play. I am very lucky to have had her as my bagpipe instructor and would 100% recommend.

Posted Feb 8, 2020
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Catherine is kind, patient and VERY knowledgeable about piping! She has studied under some of the great USA masters in piping and I would recommend her to anyone taking up the art of the Great Highland Bagpipe.

Posted Jan 23, 2020

Catherine is a great instructor, she motivates you to keep playing, because with her lessons you get better and better. She gives a personal touch to each student. I highly recommend taking lessons.

Posted Nov 23, 2019
Janice B.
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Catherine is a wonderful instructor! She is very positive, kind and patient. I highly recommend her!

Posted Nov 22, 2019

Catherine is a calm, kind but no nonsense teacher. She has a passion to help her students grow. She has enabled me to hear my music in a way I never could before. She has also taught me a great deal about staying on the beat which is the foundation to truly expressing any piece of music and essential to playing with other musicians. In addition she is very good at helping students understand the basic techniques of piping. Her many years as a professional solo piper and playing in bands give her a deep reservoir for students to tap into. I give her my highest recommendation.

Posted Nov 22, 2019

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Private Music Instructor
Mar 2007 - Present

Bagpiper Catherine P

I have instructed bagpipe students in an in home music studio since 2007 with wonderful results creating successful pipers that have joined my Bagpipe Ensemble and competed at the Highland Games in solo and band competition events.

Pipe Major for Junior Ensemble
Jan 2014 - Dec 2018

Bagpiper Catherine P Ensemble

Created a junior ensemble from a select group of students to perform at local community events in order to teach them band craft and skills including marching, playing in unison and performing solo and as a band for a variety of audiences.

Pipe Sergeant
Jan 2017 - Nov 2018

Monterey Bay Pipes and Drums

Pipe Sergeant of the Monterey Bay Pipes and Drums. Lead instructor of local community Pipe Band, Central Coast Pipes and Drums in California.

Music Instructor
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018

Cuesta College

I taught a series of workshop style Bagpipe classes through the Community Education Program at Cuesta College, from Beginning the Bagpipe to Intermediate bagpipe classes to college age and retired adult students with fantastic results!


Aug 2011 - Aug 2015

Fuller Theological Seminary

BA in Philosphy
Aug 1988 - Jun 1991

George Mason University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Literacy Tutor
Apr 1990


Certified as a Laubach Literacy Tutor


Magic Chanter Award
Jan 2011

Central Coast Pipes and Drums

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