HNC Music – Piping

The HNC Music - Piping is the only course which has a bespoke Music First Study Unit for performance on the Highland Bagpipe. 

Based at The National Piping Centre and drawing on the renowned teaching staff, library, museum and performing space, students will have the opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career in the music industry and education as well as a base for further academic study.

The environment of The National Piping Centre provides students with an opportunity to meet with pipers and other traditional musicians from all over the world and to participate in vibrant festivals which occur throughout the year in the city including Piping Live!, The World Pipe Band Championships and Celtic Connections.

Here is what some of our 2016/17 intake of students said about the course: 

Jens: "The knowledge I gained on the background to how music industry works, and what a working musician has to do besides making music, was an eye-opener."

Dean: "It was great taking in knowledge from everyone around you."

Ross: "Learning about the structure of the music industry, [musicians'] union, support structure, etc for musicians; things like book-keeping, copyright, all extremely helpful for me to know what to do next."

George:"Working with the different tutors to observe their different styles and approaches, and general music theory to help with the context of piping theory was so interesting. It broadened my knowledge of areas of piping styles."

Based in Glasgow in west central Scotland, students will have ready access to many piping events throughout the year including, piping competitions, concerts and Highland Games. Students will also be in close proximity to many of the world’s leading pipe bands.

Hearing Protection

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. 
Find out more

The next intake of HNC students will begin on Monday 16th September 2019, so apply now. 

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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 CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Oona Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA

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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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