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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching bagpipes for 6 years. I've competed at the World Pipe Band Championships on multiple occasions and compete in the premier level, Grade 1. Lessons are designed with you in mind, everyone learns differently which means lessons are catered to you and only you. Lessons are intense but fun. Learning the pipes is very difficult but with the right attitude anybody can learn how to play correctly, regardless of age or musical background.
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Tony teaches



Tony delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2009

(I recommend 45 minute lessons for all my students. If you have questions about lesson duration please ask!)
I began playing bagpipes at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin. My initial tutor was Mr. Ron "Ringo" Bowen, owner of The Bagpipe Place and teacher at my school at that time. I've played onstage with the world famous Chieftains on multiple occasions. I have also played with the celtic band Gaelic Storm onstage on 5 separate occasions over several albums. I am on of the handful bagpipers in the US who have gone to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships on multiple occasions. The band I played with got 2nd in the world in Grade 2. That year the band placed first in 8 of 11 competitions. They've since been promoted to the premier level, Grade 1. I have spent the summer playing with the band competing at competitions all over the UK including The World Championships at the top level in grade 1. I take tuition from world renowned piper and Gold Medalist Stuart Liddell and have won many solo piping competitions and awards including Champion Supreme.

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Bagpipe Instructor
May 2010 - Present
Private Academy

This Academy was created to teach youth and adults of Chicago how to play pipes and drums. Bringing some of the best pipers and teachers around Chicago to teach the next generation of pipers and drummers.

Bagpipe Instructor
Aug 2013 - Nov 2013
Massanutten Military Academy

I was brought on board by Massanutten Military Academy to help create a pipe band from the ground up. Working with my old teacher from St. John's, we were able to get a group of 12 kids on bagpipes and drums before I left to return home due to family illnesses.

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High School
Jan 2007 - May 2010
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Piper of the Day (St. Louis Highland Games
Sep 2015
Midwest Pipe Band Association
Champion Supreme Grade 1
Oct 2014
Midwest Pipe Band Association
Piper of the Day (Central Kentucky Highland Games)
Sep 2014
Midwest Pipe Band Association
Ulster Champions 2014
Aug 2014
Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland
2nd Place - World Pipe Band Championships
Aug 2014
Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

Photos & Videos

A collection of my awards and achievements in piping

A Strathspey & Reel competition where I claimed 1st place.
Performing a March, Strathspey, & Reel in a solo competition. This is one of the high level standard competition formats in piping
I play in a band from Northern Ireland. Here we are winning the Ulster Championships in Co. Omagh in August of 2014
Here's a band I teach and play with performing at the Chicago Highland Games in June of 2015
Photo by Tony K.

This is a Piobairchead (pee-brock). It is the classical music of the bagpipes that dates back hundreds of years.
Photo by Tony K.

Photo by Tony K.
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18 Reviews

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David Feb 8, 2018
Bagpipes · Online

For someone as myself who has little if no experience with any kind of musical instrument, I found him to be most tolerant , patient, and informative. I look forward to more.

Megan G. Oct 3, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

I just finished my first lesson with Tony. I was skeptical about learning to play an instrument online, but it worked out really well. Tony is a great teacher and can correct mistakes just by hearing the notes being played. He was polite, approachable, and very upbeat. I'm looking forward to my lesson next week.

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Steven I. Oct 2, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Tony gets to the point, identifies mistakes quickly and clearly shows the remedies!

Stephen Kelly Jan 4, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Hi Tony....my first lesson over and I feel much more confidant ....look forward to the next one....thanks, steve kelly

Christopher Oct 6, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Tony is easy going, extremely knowledgeable, clear with his instruction and patient. His demeanor immediately put me art ease and I was able to just relax and learn. I accomplished more with Tony this first lesson than I ever could have hoped. I am looking forward to the next lesson!

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Josh D. Sep 29, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

My son is so excited and inspired. Super fun!

Casey H. Aug 19, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

He is great for exactly what I need.

Bernard Aug 19, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Tony is a great instructor to our daughter. The progress has been excellent

Liz Aug 19, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

My 11yo daughter has been taking bagpipe lessons with Tony for about a year now. They meet weekly for 45 minutes. We have seen amazing growth in her experience and confidence over the past year! She loves her bagpipe lessons and is extremely fond of Tony!! She is a shy kid but he's really helped to bring her out of her shell and they have a great repertoire. He is serious when needed and will hold her accountable for practicing but also keeps the lessons really light hearted and fun :) We are so grateful to have found such a great teacher for Isobel and look forward to many continued lessons with such a fantastic, seasoned coach and mentor. Thanks Tony!

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Jessica May 18, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Jessica has lots of fun during the lessons. She can be a bit lazy when it comes to practice but overall she is enjoying her time

Ladd Rutledge Mar 1, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Good instruction and positive tone.

Michael T B. Feb 29, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Tony is an exceptional instructor. I have noticed drastic improvement with my beginner level playing and attribute a great deal of it to Tony's demeanor and patience. His ability to explain techniques in different ways in an attempt to find the method that I can understand is unprecedented. I will be continuing my lessons with Tony as soon as my schedule allows.

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Simon D. Dec 29, 2015
Bagpipes · Online

Very knowledgeable and flexible. Works very well with my 12 yr old son.

Brent Mills Nov 11, 2015
Bagpipes · Online

Great instructor - Tony made the subject very approachable even though I haven't touched any instrument in over a decade.

Brighton S. Sep 29, 2015
Bagpipes · Online

We have only had 3 lessons and my son is having a blast learning this unique instrument!!

Michael T B. Sep 11, 2015
Bagpipes · Online

I am having a great time working with Tony. He is a true professional and does an exceptional job of helping to bring my dream to life.

Ian Aug 21, 2015
Bagpipes · Online

Tony is enthusiastic, professional, creative and a talented musician. He has broken down a complex instrument and made learning it easy to understand. His skills for teaching music theory are bonus!

Drew P. Jul 20, 2015
Bagpipes · Online

Tony is a great teacher for my 14 year old grandson. He is patient with a teenagers schedule. Drew likes him a lot. Cool teacher

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