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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

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MMus Scottish Music

Welcome to the MMus/MA (Scottish Music). You begin your postgraduate studies with the core of your musical personality – the skills, understandings and attitudes that define you as a piper – already established; your postgraduate studies should nurture that existing artistic personality so that you can really make a difference in the fields in which you choose to work.

The National Piping Centre delivers the piping tuition on the MMus Scottish Music in collaboration with the teaching from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, to deliver the very best programme of tuition. 

The programme offers advanced training to talented traditional musicians from a diverse range of undergraduate degrees or their equivalent, allowing you to refine and extend your musicianship in the context of your own aspirations. Most importantly, we have designed it so that you take ownership of the learning process throughout the degree and beyond it, whether in the professional world or in higher studies (such as a PhD).

Find out more about the programme here
 

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The Virginia Piping School costs £500 for full tuition. Please complete your details below and your final total will show on the next page.

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Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 1

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 2

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 3

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 4

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 5

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 6

 


Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Appendix: Sung Cainntaireachd 

 

Gaelic for Beginners

The National Piping Centre Gaelic for beginners class is a 10 week course, each Thursday from 6pm until 8pm.

The classes will start from complete beginner level, with the conversational basics, as well as other useful Gaelic expressions. It will also give insights into Gaelic and Highland culture, and why it is so important to piping!

Our Spring Term will run from Thursday 26th April - 28th April 2018. Book now at the link below to register.

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If you would like further information, please contact the class tutor James Beaton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

About the Instructor

About the Instructor

James Beaton grew up in Inveraray, and has a degree is Celtic Studies from Edinburgh University. He is Librarian of the National Piping Centre, and also teaches on the Centre's undergraduate courses, run in conjunction with the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as on the HNC Music course run by the Centre. He is a fluent Gaelic speaker.

 

 

 

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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