Young Stars

Young Stars Schools

The Young Stars piping schools are specifically targeted towards young pipers aged 17 and under.

Dates for 2019 are now confirmed as: 

Youngstars Spring School: 1st - 4th April 2019 - The Spring Course is NOW FULL and not available to book 
Youngstars Summer School 1: 1st - 4th July 2019
Youngstars Summer School 2: 15th - 18th July 2019
Youngstars Autumn School: 14th - 17th October 2019

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These schools will include 

  • Group lessons
  • Games
  • Small practice groups
  • Workshops 
  • Tuition time
  • Talks

All of this will be tailored for young learners. It will be a great opportunity for young pipers to get together and have fun as well as learning more about the instrument. We wanted to create a place where they can develop their piping, with some exciting music to learn and meet other young pipers from across the country.

The schools will run daily from 9am – 4.30pm for four or five days and cost ÂŁ110 per place for tuition. 

For these schools, we would suggest a minimum age of 10 years old to be able to attend and get the most from the teaching. However, please call us on 0141 353 0220 if you would like to discuss this further. 

These schools could be run at either our City Centre - McPhater Street venue or our West End - Otago Street venue. You will be informed before te course begins where it will be held.  

There will be a music pack provided for each school. 

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

Download a sample timetable here.


Did you know we have an 8-bedroom hotel on site? If you would like to book accommodation whilst here for your course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to The Pipers' Tryst Hotel page

Young Stars Beginners

If you have always wanted to learn the pipes, then begin your journey with us.

This half week course is designed specifically for young learners aged 16 and under, whose experience playing is limited to playing the scale or less.

Taking place during the Young Stars Piping Schools, this course starts at 9.00am each day. You will receive 2 lessons per day, as well as join in with the recital or workshop, giving you the chance to meet other young players. Join us each morning of the course, to begin your Piping Journey. 

This is an example of the format for the timetable and you can see BEG marked.

At The National Piping Centre, we teach from our Highland Tutor Book I, which is available to purchase through our registration form here, and you will save ÂŁ5 on RRP. If you need to purchase a chanter, there is also an option to purchase our starter pack, which contains the Tutor Book and a Chanter, which also has ÂŁ5 off RRP.

This school costs ÂŁ80 for the half week option.


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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