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  SASKATCHEWAN PIPE BAND ASSOCIATION

School Fees & Course Descriptions

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Full Tuition - Piping & Drumming • $150
You will receive two one-hour classes each morning, and then there will be options in the afternoon. If you want to take one of the afternoon classes as part of your package, just indicate that on the registration. You will have two group classes in the morning,m anbd thenyou need to choose a schedule from the afternoon options. We'll have a schedule up shortly.

Full Tuition - Highland dancing • $150
You will receive two 1.5-hour classes each morning, and you will recive instruction from Chantal Watt and Sabra MacGillivray in the Highland and National dances, as well as other dance elements from their vast repertoire, including Scottish step-dance, ballet, choreography, etc.

Pipers will be assigned to lesson times for a 30-minute solo lesson, and/or one of the other piping classes available, including: Piobaireachd with Bruce Gandy, Light Music with Alex Gandy, Smallpipes with Ryan MacDonald. Please check the schedule and plan your timetable accordingly, and indicate on the registration what you hope for. We'll do our best to accommodate!

Drummers should have the opportunity for smaller groups and solo instruction in the afternoon time slots. You are also welcome to take other courses as part of your full tuition.

Chanter or Drum Pad • $65
Five one-hour sessions covering basic technique and some beginner tunes/scores.

Piobaireachd Only • $65
Five one-hour sessions with Bruce Gandy, covering tunes and techniques. Bruce is a master player AND teacher and even if you never wanted to play one, these sessions are great to just take in the music.

Light Music Only • $65
Five one-hour sessions with Alex Gandy, covering different kinds of tunes and techniques. Marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs, hornpipes, airs! Alex is a brilliant performer and a very experienced teacher, as pipe-major of a Grade 1 pipe band he is used to helping pipers develop their musicality and performance!

Fiddle & Keyboards • $65
Five one-hour sessions with Troy MacGillivray, teaching tunes, styles and techniques for playing a wide range of traditional fiddle styles. Troy is a gifted teacher and performer.

Smallpipes Only • $50
Three one-hour sessions with Ryan MacDonald, whose piping expertise includes professional level solos, Grade 1 pipe bands, and traditional, Cape Breton and Scottish styled smallpipes playing. Ryan is a brilliant teacher and performer, with a deep well of knowledge. SMALLPIPES NOT REQUIRED! This is about learning styles and tunes, and while it would be great if you have smallpipes, you won't HAVE to own a set to get started on the music.

Bodhran Only • $40
This one-hour session features champion player, drum maker and high-octane folk musician Adam Brown of Rura and Ímar. Adam is a multiple All-Ireland and All-British champion, and is in demand for performances and workshops around the World.

Guitar Only • $40
This one-hour session features high-octane folk musician Adam Brown of Rura and Ímar. Adam is in demand for performances and workshops around the World.

Beginner Irish Dance - Children • $20
This is an introductory session for children who are not already registered in Irish dance. Instructor Elspeth Hughton, T.C.R.G. had a stellar competitive career as a dancer, and now with a degree in Kinesiology, a Masters degree in Physiotherapy, and a deep love of dance, she's ready to introduce children and adults to the fun and fitness of Irish dance!

Beginner Irish Dance - Adults • $40
This is an introductory session for children who are not already registered in Irish dance. Instructor Elspeth Hughton, T.C.R.G. had a stellar competitive career as a dancer, and now with a degree in Kinesiology, a Masters degree in Physiotherapy, and a deep love of dance, she's ready to introduce children and adults to the fun and fitness of Irish dance!

Beginner Whistle • $20
This is an introductory session for everyone who has a pennywhistle or a Low D whistle in their collection but never fully got around to learning it. Barbara MacDonald will teach some basic tunes and techniques, with tips for playing along with other instruments. If there's lots of demand, we'll add another session!

All fees are payable in full at time of registration. 

 

 

 

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