* Repertoire Classes: Open to mixed instruments, students must have the ability to learn music by ear. Pieces will be chosen at several tempos, so there should be something accessible to most playing levels during the 2 hour class. Repertoire classes will be tailored to our registered students interests and in friendly keys for the style of pipes the teacher is focusing on. Please sign up early to help instructors to select suitable repertoire!
Lessons: Teachers are asked to allow time to teach up to 4 halfhour private lessons during the weekend (schedule has long breaks to accommodate some of these). These will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to students, who will pay their teacher directly ($30/half hour lesson) at the lesson. Sign up early to secure your spot. We will schedule the lessons, based upon each teacher’s comfort and responsibilities.
Mini Classes: Students are invited to share their knowledge with others in a mini class setting. These have been in a variety of areas including repertoire, hand skills (things like reed making), and non music related topics… (history, culture, etc). It’s a great way to get to know other students. These classes are offered during the two hour lunch break and after the afternoon classes on Saturday.
Rental Instruments: High quality Border and Scottish Smallpipes provided by Robert Felsberg will be available for the weekend for a $40/ weekend fee. Advance reservation is needed. Call for more information and to reserve a set.
Maintenance Clinic: Friday Afternoon Scottish Smallpipe Maintenance Class will be offered by Robert Felsburg. Get your pipes in great working order for the weekend. A $25 fee will be charged for the afternoon workshop. Time length will be determined by advance sign-up. This class may take place off campus to ease parking issues on campus.
Classes in red are most suitable for mixed-instruments. Other instruments may be
welcome in other classes with permission of the instructor.
- Uilleann Pipes (Joey)
- Ornamentation for the Irish Flute & Whistle (John)
- Irish Repertoire for all Instruments (Nathan)
- Northumbrian Smallpipes:Basic Technique for all levels (Dick)
- Adv Beg - Int: Making the Most of your Practice Sessions (Hollis)
Design a practice system that fits your life and your performance goals, and make sure you're practicing efficiently and achieving mastery of the things you actually want to improve.
- Int - Adv: Historic Repertoire from the Scottish Lowlands (Iain)
- French Repertoire from the Hurdy Gurdy (G/C/D) (Brian)
Hurdy gurdy and pipe-friendly French dance music repertoire
for instruments using G, C, and D scales, taught with hurdy gurdies in standard G/C and Bourbonnais D tunings. Music from post-1850 central-French music collections will be featured, drawing on different regional French types, including the Auvergne, Berry, and Savoy. Tips for ornamenting the music and arranging for ensemble playing will be covered.
- Beg: Squeeze the Bag! (Bob)
Bellows bagpipes for absolute beginners
- Ornamentation on the Uilleann Pipes (Joey)
- Advanced Irish Ornamentation for Flute and Whistle (John)
- Reels on the Irish Fiddle (Nathan)
- Baroque Repertoire for NSP and other instruments (F, C, Bb) (Dick)
Much of the music written for the musette, or in imitation of the musette, works on Northumbrian smallpipes, either alone or in with other instruments.
- Living Traditions: 21st Century Session Tunes for SSP (Nick)
- Exploring G tunes and G Drones on A Pipes (Iain)
- Playing for Dancers (Hollis)
Much of what we play as (Scottish) pipers is dance music, but it's stylized--often to the point where the stylized form isn't danceable. We'll talk about what goes into danceable music, and how you can choose tunes and ornamentation to support the dancers' movements. We may also discuss the musical requirements of playing for contra dance, English Country Dance, and Scottish Country Dance.
- Uilleann Pipes (Joey)
- Hoppin’ Irish Fiddle: hornpipes, slip jigs and more (Nathan)
- Repertoire from Brittany and Galicia (John)
- Singing with the Bagpipes: tricks to make It work (Dick)
- Tunes from the William Gunn Collection (1848) (Iain)
- Playing without Pain (Hollis)
Help Your Instrument and Technique Fit Your Body. A workshop on identifying common ways that pipers (and other musicians) develop painful habits over time, and how to go about fixing them. We'll also talk about stretches, self-massage techniques, acupressure, and other tools that can help alleviate pain and promote clean playing.
- Early Music from England and the Low Countries (G/CD) (Brian)
Early western-European repertoire adapted for hurdy gurdy, bagpipe and related instruments. "Sacred" and "secular" music from the 13th to 17th centuries, from the British Isles, Low Countries, France and Germany will be featured, with emphasis on interpreting and adapting original music to modern contexts. Material for the class is drawn from medieval texts and printed collections by Arbeau, Byrd, Lully, Praetorius, Playford, and Susato.
- The Fine Art of Irish Fiddle (Nathan)
- John’s Quirky Old Irish Tunes for Flute and Whistle (John)
- Repertoire from the Early Pipers and Harpers of Ireland (Joey)
- Special Topics for Northumbrian Pipes (Dick)
- English Dance Tunes on the SSP (Hollis)
(Some of my favorite English dance tunes that fit on Scottish pipes, with discussion of how to navigate range and chromaticism mismatches.)
- Theme and Variations: Adapting Pibroch for Bellows Pipes (Nick)
- Composing Tunes for the Smallpipes (Iain)
Smallpipes classes are open to mouth-blown reel pipes if they have the correct bore and are tuned in A.
Less skilled players are welcome to listen in all classes to master what they can and record the rest for future work.