John’s first experiences as a teacher were gained at Glasgow’s College of Piping as an evening class and summer school instructor from around the age of 18. This formative experience gave an early insight into the wide variety of ages, backgrounds and learning needs of piping students. Since 2008 John has been a full time member of the National Piping Centre‘s teaching faculty. The diversity of students attending individual lessons, courses, summer schools, workshops, seminars and online courses at the National Piping Centre, at home and abroad, has enabled John to develop a thoughtful, intuitive and responsive approach to teaching. Equally comfortable teaching the complete basics of holding the practice chanter, through to expressing the nuances of piping’s classic repertoire, or mentoring pipers in search of a new approach to their playing, John’s teaching style and experience caters for the individual needs of each student. In addition, as a holder of the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board SCQF Level 8 certificate John is an approved examiner for all PDQB examinations.


To arrange tuition with John, either face-to-face or via Skype, please contact The National Piping Centre at info@thepipingcentre.co.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 141 353 0220. The NPC is conveniently located in Glasgow city centre, with excellent transport links very close by, at 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW.

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