I am a grade one piper with 25 years experience. I teach all levels, private, group, solo pipe and pipe band.
Pipe Major John Sprague is a grade one piper and a musician who has developed a teaching style specifically designed to help you master the Great Highland Bagpipe in the shortest possible time. Even if you have never played the bagpipe, or have no background in music, his course of instruction is the perfect starting point for you.
Learning to play the bagpipe is a process that develops in stages. Students begin practice on a practice chanter. It’s a small instrument that looks like a recorder. It is used to learn basic movements. As the movements are learned, students begin addressing tunes. After that, students move onto playing the Great Highland Bagpipe. John’s teaching method ensures students’ master the basic elements of the bagpipe for their personal satisfaction and enjoyment, yet also gives them the skills to join a pipe band or enter solo competition.
Having taught for over 20 years, he has perfected a systematic approach. It has been so effective that what started as a few students being given private instruction has grown into a school of piping.
The benefit of the school model is that John and his two star pupils can provide personal attention for a larger number of students. Also, all the instructors are well versed in John’s method so they provide a consistency of instruction.
As well as private instruction, group instruction is offered. Many private students find that taking group in addition to their usual course of study further aids in reinforcing the concepts they learn. It also provides a structured practice environment, a work out if you will. It also affords an opportunity to meet like minded people. Students enjoy sharing their interest and enthusiasm for piping. Many students enjoy the social aspect of these group classes.
Some of the group instruction is done in a “masters class” style. It is a good chance to hear people who play at your level and listen to commentary ` which you can apply to further your own quality of play.
Many of John’s students begin instruction with little knowledge of the bagpipe and no background in music and go on to be an asset to local pipe bands and become successful solo competitors.
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