The National Piping Centre Junior Masterclasses
Advance Your Piping
The NPC Junior Masterclass is a three day course with optional residency, delivered by our World Class teaching staff. It is structured to help inspire and aid the development of promising young pipers you have advanced beyond novice standard and are currently on their journey towards the highest levels of piping. Some of the topics include:
- Competition, performance and exam preparation
- Piobaireachd and Light Music lessons
- Refined tuning and tonal development
- Refined pipe band craft
- Playing with other instruments and musicians
- Music writing and theory (using software)
- Reedmaking and manipulation
- Sit a PDQB exam (find out more here)
Advanced young pipers, broaden your knowledge and take your piping ability to The Next Level
These courses are aimed at small group lessons, to be booked through a school programme, pipe band or other piping contact. If you are interested in booking a Junior Masterclass programme there should be a minimum of three students in the group, so please ask your piping group leader to get in touch with The National Piping Centre for more information.
Fees and Bursaries
Tuition and accommodation fees are available upon request.
The National Piping Centre is committed to providing equal opportunities for all young players and should financial assistance br required to cover attendance costs, we will be happy to provide confidential information to explore all funding opportunities available for you/your child. Bursaries may be available. Please get in touch to find out more.
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The National Piping Centre has some fantastic learning resources which you can use to help you on your piping journey. We have our printed tutor books available from The Bagpipe Shop here. On this page you will find links to our downloadable tutor books from Apple by Ceol Mor Software, our Bytesize Bagpipes course for young beginners, the videos that will guide you through the Highland Bagpipe "Green" Tutor Book and the music clips for the Piobaireachd Tutor Book. As well as this, take a look at Noting the Tradition, a heritage lottery funded project which saw interviews conducted with people from the piping world.
Bytesize Bagpipes is a short course of videos for complete beginners aged around 8 and up. This course is designed for absolute beginners to teach them the very basics of the practice chanter, with fun exercises to go along with it
Highland Bagpipe Tutor One Videos
Hear and see instructional videos to support the lessons in The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book One "The Green Tutor", as taught by Colin MacLellan.
Find out more about the downloadable tutor books which are available for Apple iPads and iPhones through Ceol Mor Software.
TNPC Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Book
Listen to sound clips of movements and more as part of your Pioabireachd learning experience with the Tutor Book
The National Piping Centre requires all students to use hearing protection at all times when playing pipes. Hearing protection is available for purchase in our shop or free of charge from the earplug dispenser in both our piping school venues.
If you are a beginner player or seasoned performer, you should still look to protect your hearing as much as possible. This document gives more information about hearing protection for beginners.
For more advice on hearing health for musicians, please visit hear for musicians at the link below.
This video from the Scottish Schools Piping and Drumming Trust produced this video with Jono Heale, an ex=professional musician who is passionate about hearing protection