Nick Hudson

Nick H.

Houston, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lessons tailored to your personal goals.

About Nick H.

I am a professional bagpipe performer and instructor based in the Pittsburgh area and the third ever graduate of the Bagpipe Music Performance degree at Carnegie-Mellon University. An experienced performer, I am well versed in both traditional and contemporary piping and, as a Professional grade bagpiper, I've been lucky to win many prizes in solo competition, in Scotland, Canada, France, and the USA. I also hold the Graduate Certificate from the Institute of Piping, the highest certification possible for bagpipe performance. In addition to highland piping, I am an active performer of border/smallpipes and whistles with various ensembles. Along with my performance degree I also was in the Music Education Certification program at Carnegie-Mellon. I currently teach several pipe bands of various grades in the Pittsburgh area as well as maintaining a private bagpipe lesson studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
I would love to teach you how to learn the bagpipes! I maintain a large private bagpipe lesson studio, with pipers ranging from practice chanter beginners to very advanced pipers, ages 8-73, so I am very confident with one-on-one bagpipe instruction across age and ability levels. Bagpipe lessons cover all aspects of music education (reading and notating music, theory, history) as well as bagpipe-related aspects (performance, technique, tuning, maintenance, repertoire). Additionally, I currently teach the MacDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh (now in its 45th year) and the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band. I have students across many grade-levels, and am pleased with the consistent success of both the soloists and the bagpipe bands which I instruct. I will tailor the bagpipe lessons to suit your specific goals, pushing you to higher musical expertise and enjoyment, as well as continuing the teaching tradition passed down to me. In addition to being a bagpipe teacher, I taught Elementary General Music and Middle School Concert Band in the public schools, as a Music Education student, so I have experience teaching more than just bagpipes, which I believe will enrich your studies with me. In addition to lessons on the highland bagpipe, I can also perform and teach the Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, and Irish whistle. Please contact me for my more-than-reasonable rates.

For those not located in Pittsburgh, or who travel frequently, a convenient solution is bagpipe lessons over Skype. Audio, video, and sheet music files are sent through email or Dropbox, and payment is through PayPal. I have had many students who have used this easy and flexible option for learning the bagpipes, sometimes combined with an in-person lesson once a month.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Nothing needed other than an instrument.

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Piping Instructor
Jan 2017 - Present

St Thomas Episcopal School

Piping Instructor
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016

The College of Wooster


BFA, Music Performance (Bagpipe)
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Carnegie-Mellon University


Ensemble Adjudicator
Oct 2018

Eastern United States Pipe Band Association

Piobaireachd Adjudicator
Dec 2015

Eastern United States Pipe Band Association

Piping Adjudicator
Dec 2015

Eastern United States Pipe Band Association

Graduate Exam, Highest Possible
Feb 2013

Eastern United States Pipe Band Association

Graduate Certificate, Highest Possible, SCQF Level 8 Certificate, PDQB Level 6 Piping
May 2009

Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board, Scotland


A Grade Piobaireachd, 1st (London Ram's Head Snuff Mull)
Nov 2019

Scottish Piping Society of London

Overall Winner, A Grade
Nov 2019

Scottish Piping Society of London

Piobaireachd, 1st
Jun 2017

United States Piping Foundation

Overall Winner, A Grade
Nov 2016

Scottish Piping Society of London

Braemar Gold Medal for Piobaireachd, 1st
Sep 2016

Braemar Highland Gathering, Scotland

B MSR, 1st
Sep 2016

The Northern Meeting, Inverness, Scotland

Silver Medal (Piobaireachd), 1st
Aug 2016

Argyllshire Gathering, Oban, Scotland

Overall Winner
May 2016

The Livingstone Invitational, Toronto

Gold Medal Piobaireachd, 1st
Aug 2015

Piobaireachd Society Canada

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