Dollar Academy role for self-employed piping instructor


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced piping instructor to join Dollar Academy’s successful pipe band programme.

The school are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated and influential character with a professional approach to join their team of like-minded staff.

The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering one-to-one tuition to pupils aged 7-18. This role would also include the responsibility of leading the Novice B Pipe Band. The running of group sessions and band practices will also be required.

Candidates should show strengths in many practical areas and have a strong track record in both pipe bands and solo piping. Along with these core skills, a firm understanding, experience and passion for teaching is essential.

As well as term time tuition, candidates will be expected to commit to weekend contest dates throughout the indoor and outdoor contest season at local and major championships. Summer practice sessions will also need to be attended.

Support and guidance will be given to our successful candidate by our Head of Pipe Bands and other pipe band staff. With this in mind, the candidate will have to be able to work well within this team and communicate effectively with staff, pupils and parents.

The successful applicant will be self-employed and will submit monthly invoices to the Academy. It is expected that the appointment will require a commitment of two days per week, although this may increase.

All appointments at Dollar Academy are subject to satisfactory clearance through the Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme, and the Academy will arrange and pay for an application to be made. To apply for the position, please complete the Support Staff Application Form, downloadable from the Academy’s website (, or email 

Applications should be submitted to the above email address or mailed to Julie Duncan, Director of Human Resources, Dollar Academy, Mylne Avenue, Dollar, FK14 7DU by Friday, October 13, 2023 at the latest.

A link to a video about the pipe band programme at Dollar Academy can be found here.

A link to the Dollar Academy Pipe Band prospectus can be found here

Job Description

  Job Title:  Piping Instructor
  Employer:  Self Employed  
  Job Summary:  Teacher of Bagpipes on a one to one or small group basis with pupils at all levels and stages.   Assisting the work of the Dollar Academy Pipe Band in rehearsals, competitions and performances with main responsibility for the Novice B competition band.  
Key Responsibilities and DutiesTeaching Individual Pupils Teach pupils at all levels from P3 to FVI, motivating them to achieve the highest standards in playing of the bagpipes and chanter. Setting achievable targets which meet individual needs. Monitor, assess, record and report on the work and progress of pupils. Provide written and verbal reports as required.   Pipe Band Leading groups of pupils in the Dollar Academy Novice B Pipe Band during rehearsals and performances in school.Assist other Instructors, organising weekly rehearsals and leading bands and other groups in performance and competition as appropriate. Select pupils for membership of various bands.   Pipe Band Performances Assist performances outside of school, both in the UK and abroad. Assist other instructors leading the bands and other groups in performances and competitions outside school, both in the UK and on foreign tours.   Maintenance Help to maintain the Academy’s stock of chanters and bagpipes.   Arrange Music Make suitable arrangements and select appropriate repertoire for pupils of various standards. Select suitable band repertoire for competition at various levels and other performances as required by the Head of Pipe Bands.  

Person Specification

Qualifications  Professional qualifications desirable but not essential.
Knowledge and Experience  Grade 1 pipe band experience at a high level. Proven solo track record. Teaching to all abilities and age ranges.
Skills and Attributes  Good communication skills to be able to liaise with pupils, staff and parents. Approachable. Organised. Enthusiastic, motivated and professional approach to developing young musicians. Development of teaching strategies and techniques.