Bagpipe Connexions offers everyone the opportunity to start learning some of the Celtic Arts!

Studies have shown that participation in musical programmes from a young age has a positive effect on the cognitive and social skills of children.

 

At Bagpipe Connexions, we believe that the cornerstone to developing quality musicians and dancers is good technique. The key to achieving good technique is getting a quality instructor.

 

Our tutors have all excelled in their art form at the highest senior level and have between them won many South African championships at solo and band levels. They all have proven track records in tutoring students.

 

So enquire now and learn more than just music!

 

Bagpipe Connexions offers lessons in the following disciplines:

 

The key to success with any musical instrument is patience and diligence.

 

Lessons for beginners run for 45 minute and at the outset, one lesson per week is sufficient. Lessons cost as little as R200 per session. 

 

Students would need to purchase a practice chanter, which simulates the chanter on the actual Bagpipe. Similar in looks to a recorder, the practice chanter is used to train the unique fingering of the Bagpipe and to practice rudiments and tunes indoors. A locally made practice chanter and reed will cost around R450.

 

Students will also learn basic music theory and will be taught the art of reading music.

 

Enthusiastic learners, who practice regularly, should be able to play simple melodies on a practice chanter at the end of 3 months. Having mastered the rudiments and the blowing technique of the bagpipe, students should be able to play a simple entry level 2/4 tune after 9-12 months.

 

The key to success with any musical instrument is patience and diligence.

 

Lessons for beginners run for 45 minute and at the outset, one lesson per week is sufficient. Lessons  cost as little as R200 per session.

 

Students need to purchase a set of entry level drumsticks and a practice pad. A locally set of drum sticks and a drum pad would cost around R350.

 

Students will also learn basic music theory and will be taught the art of reading music. On average pupils should be able to play a simple 2/4 march on drums after 9 months.

 

Highland dancing is a precise form of dance that combines strength and power with elegance and poise. It is a healthy workout for adults and children alike. It is a great way to develop good coordination, posture and overall muscle tone. Colourful tartan kilts and matching jackets are the distinctive uniform.

Irish dancing is distinctive as there is no other form of dance that expects perfect balance without the use of arms. Energetic, vibrant and rhythmic dances that have been popularised by the advent of shows such as Lord of the dance. It has both softshoe and hard shoe dances. It is enjoyed by girls and boys alike, children and adults.

Celtic Connexion works together with Shaw-Butler Studio for Highland & Irish Dancing. You can find out more about them and their dancing lessons here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it difficult to learn Bagpipes?


Whilst Bagpipes have some unique challenges, they, like all musical instruments take time and effort to master. With a bit of natural talent, a good tutor and regular practice, steady progress should be made.




  • At what age should one start learning to play Bagpipes or Snare Drums?


Learners of the Bagpipes start on a practice chanter.
Drummers learn on practice drum pads and can start between the ages of 8-10 years of age.

Much depends on the size of the childs hands and the ability to cover the holes on the chanter or hold a set of Drum sticks.

There is also a growing number of adult students between ages 30-40 starting to learn to play the bagpipes.




How long does it take to learn to play Bagpipes and Snare Drums


This depends on a number of factors.

Age, talent, patience, enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and regular practice are all factors that will determine the length of time taken to learn to play Bagpipes or Snare Drums.

The focus at the early stage will be on technique and rudiments. Mastery of the rudiments is a lifelong journey that facilitates good musical expression.

Working with a good tutor and having the right personal traits, students should be able to play at a basic level on the bagpipes or drums in 9 – 12 months.





© 2020  by Celtic Connexion. Proudly created by PlacesAndPrices.