Bagpipe Lessons: Highland Bagpipe, Small pipes & Reel pipes

Tyrone piping for preschool classMy bagpipe students are as young as 7 to over 80, from raw beginners to advanced players.  Some students are beginning, learning simple ways to improve piping technique, and tone. Experienced students learn advanced music.  All apply a wonderful attitude to their pursuit of good, classy and fully ‘sweet’, music with Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Small pipes or Reel pipes (these last two are in concert pitch).

I work with students personally all the time (parents are always welcome too!).  In person, yes, and by also by Skype more so. Pipers have used Skype for instruction since it appeared, and it works incredibly well for pipes.  I’ve made sure my Skype broadcasts have no perceptible lag.  I’ve taught piping full time since 1994.

I have a large, bright and friendly classroom studio, designed for piping, in northwest Seattle.

Student goals include improving technique, bettering timing, sometimes goals for solo competition, or becoming team musicians (and sometimes leaders) for Seattle’s Elliott Bay Pipe Band (where I volunteer as Music Director, often referred to as Pipe-Major).

I also have a lengthy background in classical pipe music, Piobaireachd (or Pibroch).  I enjoy it very much, as I do all pipe music!  I have successfully competed with many, and I teach it successfully all the time.

Feel free to browse remarks from my students.  Additionally, some August 2009 success was noted with Seattle Times coverage, and in other commentary.

My schedule for weekly instruction is Monday Tuesday Wednesday, and includes youth and adult beginners through advanced players. Notable advanced students include Aggregate Winners in grades I, II and III in most regional games, including the 2003 winner of the British Columbia Pipers Association Annual Gathering Grade I Piobaireachd.

I have a Bachelors of Science in Speech Communication (Oregon State University), minoring in Engineering Physics. Prior to piping full-time, I specialized in niche marketing strategies for law, architecture, and graphic design firms.  I have a seven-year history of Competitive speech and debate, including five for OSU.

Private Instruction

Tyrone offers private lessons weekdays, from morning to late afternoon.  Private lessons may be in person or over Skype.  Lessons times may vary to meet the needs of both student and teacher.  Weekends and evenings are reserved for performances, rehearsal and travel, as are some Thursdays and Fridays.

Intermediate Bagpipe Class

Currently on hiatus, Tyrone’s original class ran 1994-2010.  The class was perfect for those coming back to play after many years of absence, those moving from weekly instruction to a less rigorous schedule, or those wishing to maintain their piping education in friendly, relaxed setting.