• Banner Learn

    Learning the Bagpipes

    With many different ways you can learn, whatever your level, you can take your piping forward with our World Class instructors.

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

Visiting University Students

A semester of study here in Scotland at one of this country’s leading Universities may offer a once in a lifetime academic experience. If you want to study piping, this could also give you a summer of piping, the chance to play in a Scottish pipe band, travel around Scotland or compete round the Highland Games.

For students wishing to come to Scotland there are a range of options available through The National Piping Centre which can allow them to continue with their academic work and gain transferable credits to their home educational institutions and obtain qualifications at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Currently, The National Piping Centre collaborates with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students can take a full length 4 year BA (Scottish Music-Piping) and postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD qualifications.

Study Abroad semesters (approximately 12 weeks duration) are offered through the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow where credit rated piping modules can be combined with other subjects.

There are many Universities abroad which have a partnership arrangement with the Scottish Universities and the process of transferring credits and fees between institutions is well established making it relatively simple for students to enjoy a fabulous international experience.

For more information on the study possibilities at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland click on the following links:

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Undergraduate BMus  with Honours - Find out more

Postgraduate Master of Music (MMus) - Find out more
 

For more information on the study possibilities at our partner Universities click on the following links:

University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate Course: The Highland Bagpipe: History, Context and Performance - Find out more 

University of Glasgow

Bagpipes: History, Repertoire and Performance - Find out more

Contact

If you wish to discuss any of these study options, please contact Finlay MacDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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.

Designed and built by Mucky Puddle