National Piping Centre evening class booking now open for 2024


The next term of evening classes will run from Monday 15th January till Wednesday 27th March 2024. Registration will be open until Wednesday 10th January 2024.

Suitable for pipers aged 18+ from complete beginners playing practice chanters to advanced pipers, these weekly classes in small groups will provide a supportive and fun learning environment. There are in person and online classes available, so click the options in the booking form to find times.

These 10 week courses of weekly 50 minute lessons, offer structured learning experience, designed to take you from absolute beginner through to proficient piper, through PDQB levels 2 – 5. There will be an opportunity to sit these exams along the way if you wish. The 10 week course costs £110 for the online or in person courses.

Offered across 3 levels – Beginner, Novice and Intermediate, these classes will provide learners with all the abilities required to be a self sufficient piper. Pupils will learn how to read and write music for the bagpipe, maintain and tune their own instrument and develop a well rounded repertoire of pieces.

We have a new booking system for purchasing lessons. Once you have paid for your Evening Classes, you will be sent an email with a form to give us more information about your playing level. Please complete this as soon as possible to allow us to allocate your lesson day/time. If you have lessons booked and would like to look at your account, please click Customer Account below, and you can login from there.


Looking for information about our Specialist Evening Classes on Bellows?  Head to this web page to find out more

Piper aged 17+Under? Take a look at our weekend piping club information here.

Classes offered are subject to amendment or cancellation. You may be asked to move times/ days due to over subscription to a class or lack of interest in a day/ time

Registrations for evening classes will close 7 days prior to the term starting. Any enrollments made after this time will be added to the next term of evening classes. All classes are run to UK time (GMT/BST). Please be aware of Spring/ Autumn daylight savings and how this may effect your attendance

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to learn to play?  

If you are new to the Evening Classes and the instrument, you will need to purchase our Tutor Book and a chanter. A starter pack is available from The Bagpipe Shop for £65 which includes both these things.
For our online classes you will also need a video conferencing app (skype or zoom), a web cam and a broadband connection.

Who will teach me

The teachers from this course will be drawn from The National Piping Centre’s world-class teaching staff. Among them there are Glenfiddich Champions, World Pipe Band Champions,  top recording artists and more.

When do registrations close?

Registrations for our Evening Class terms will close 7 days before the term starts. This allows for time to contact students and ensure everyone is grouped correctly before term starts.  

How often to terms run?

These 10 week courses are run over 3 terms a year. Term 1 is a 10 week term typically running between September and December. Term 2 is a 10 week term which commences January until Easter and Term 3 is a 10 week term which normally runs from Easter until July. For further information about our evening classes please or phone 0141 353 0220.

How long are the lessons?

Each weekly lesson will last for 50 minutes. Please arrive in good time to start your lesson promptly.