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Schedule

2018 DATES

July 13, 2018 to July 20, 2018

at

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona

General Information:

Plan to arrive for check-in to the Dorm between 1:00 and 3:30 on Friday July 13, 2018, and receive your room assignment and general information about NAU regulations and the school.  For pipers registered for light music, you will audition for a few of the instructors who will evaluate you and place you in the appropriate level class for your skill level.  For late arrivals please email to arrange a later audition time.  Friday evening there will be an orientation meeting and welcome BBQ at the dorm.

Schedule:
Classes will run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday through Thursday and Friday 8:00 AM to 10:45 AM with graduation at 11:00 AM. Each evening after dinner a seminar or piping demonstration will be provided by one of the instructors.

 

0830-0840
0845-1015
1045-1215
1345-1515
1530-1630*
1630-1700
Sat Opening Address Group Lessons Group Lessons Group Lessons Group Lessons Group Lessons
Sun Morning Meeting Group Lessons Group Lessons Elective Lessons Group Lessons Group Lessons
Mon Morning Meeting Photo session Group Lessons Group Lessons** Elective Lessons Group Lessons Band Practice
Tue Morning Meeting Group Lessons Group Lessons** Elective Lessons Group Lessons Band Practice
Wed Morning Meeting Group Lessons Group Lessons** Elective Lessons Group Lessons Band Practice
Th Morning Meeting Group Lessons Group Lessons Elective Lessons Group Lessons Band Practice
Fri Morning Meeting Group Lessons Final Assessments Graduation      

NOTE: Groups will be subdivided and, as indicated above, each subgroup will get a 45 minute session.
* This session will be for total group participation.
** Instructor Change

PROGRAM
Sunday through Wednesday there will be an elective period after lunch. This is when students will have the opportunity to participate in different subject matter classes.

Examples of some of the past elective selections are:

  • Instrument Maintenance
  • Blowing Steady
  • Reed Adjustment and ManipulationAdvanced Piobaireachd
  • Beginner Piobaireachd
  • Light Music
  • Marching in a Band
  • Drumming for pipers / monotones
  • Learning Slow Air by ear
  • If a band has sufficient members attending, they may be allocated some dedicated instruction.

It is strongly encouraged that all students participate in one of the Piobairachd classes.

GROUPS

Students will be assessed on arrival and allocated into groups.

MUSIC THEORY/ BAGPIPE MAINTENANCE

These classes will be taught by instructors in the classroom.

PIOBAIREACHD

Piobaireachd will be taught as an elective open to all students of different levels. However a full time Piobaireachd class will be scheduled providing there are enough students who sign up. This class will be limited to students who have some prior knowledge of Piobaireachd.

BAND PRACTICE ASSISTANCE

Recommended that all students attend. Different aspects of Pipe Band performance will be covered each day. Non-players and beginners can watch or join in.

Some subjects to be covered are:

  • Carrying instruments
  • Pipes up and pipes down
  • Deportment
  • Standing at ease and at attention
  • Marching
  • Dressing
  • Setting chanters - demonstrated in the classroom before band practice
  • Tuning the drones together - demonstrated in the classroom before band practice
  • Playing together

EVENING ACTIVITIES

To be determined by Bruce Hitchings.

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Welcome BBQ

Instructor
Recital

Instructor
Recital

Instructor
Recital

Free Night

Performance on the Square and Pub Night

1899 Performance

PARKING PERMITS

Parking Permits are required while parking on the NAU campus. If you are going to be driving and parking on campus check the I need a Parking permit box on the application form. We will have one waiting for you when you arrive. 

CLASSES

Classes will be held in the Performing and Fine Arts Hall. Classrooms are large and air-conditioned. Private practice rooms are located on the second floor and will be open throughout the day. The school will conclude each day with a massed band on the shaded grounds of the Riordan Mansion, which is adjacent to the Performing and Fine Arts Hall.

MEALS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the University Union, which is a short walk across the street from the Performing and Fine Arts Hall.

LOCAL FUN

The unique qualities of “Downtown Flag” are just an easy walk from campus. Restaurants, pubs, micro-breweries and shops are there to be discovered and enjoyed.

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