Exploring Scottish Music, Culture and Heritage: The National Piping Centre

Apply Now: Applications open until 30 April 2019  (application support: FAQ)

This is a unique opportunity for students of traditional Scottish music/piping to study Scottish culture and heritage at the University of Glasgow Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies combined with an exploration of Scottish music, incorporating 1:1 tuition, delivered by the National Piping Centre

Week 1: Scottish Culture and Heritage
University of Glasgow academics will enable and explore key debates and sources relating to Scotland’s unique nationhood, languages and culture as well as the socio-cultural and musical history of piping in Scotland. Week one themes:

  • The Archaeology of Scotland
  • The Highland Clans
  • The Highland Clearances
  • Gaelic Poetry
  • Robert Burns, Walter Scott and the Highlands

To complement the content, there will be an afternoon visit to either the Govan Stones or Glasgow Cathedral plus an all-day field trip to Glencoe.

Week 2: Scottish Traditional Music, History, context and culture
You will receive a 1:1 hour long lesson each day on your chosen instrument from leading proponents of Scottish music delivered by National Piping Centre staff.

In addition, there will be a daily seminar at which students will learn how piping has changed, and how the people involved in it have contributed to its development from the Middle Ages until the present day. Teaching themes include:

  • Piobaireachd – the classical music of the bagpipe? Cultural and historical origins
  • The light music of the Highland bagpipe – the song and dance tradition of the Highlands
  • The pipe band – origins and music 
  • The folk revival and piping in the 20th century – a culture renewed.

Week 3: National Piping Centre (Piping Live! Experiential learning project)

  • Interview with international artist
  • Interview with Piping Live core staff member
  • Review of Piping Live festival
  • Rehearsals
  • Performance/presentation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more
  • visit eligibility

This is a guide, for further information email rio-internationalsummerschools@glasgow.ac.uk

Performance video

In addition to completing the online course application, applicants are required to provide a link to a private YouTube video, to be a maximum of 5 minutes long, that shows a good representation of musical ability in any of the following instruments:

  • Highland bellows
  • Pipes
  • Fiddle
  • Harp
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Whistle
  • Percussion

Other instruments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The YouTube link should be sent to rio-internationalsummerschools@glasgow.ac.uk

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