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For over 25 years, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts has provided a world-class education to students within our community and around the world.

Building on the vision of our late founder Scott MacAulay, the College now enters into a new era of excellence. We have already raised initial funding of $2,700,000 and designed a modern facility that will provide new opportunities for enhanced learning, culture, and community.

The new Performing Arts Education Centre is equipped to facilitate the growing needs of students, faculty, and programming. Each space is carefully designed to invite hard work, inspire dedication and provide opportunity to o er more programming — and to more students — than ever before.

We invite you, our neighbors, to join us in a combined e ort of public, private and corporate partnership to make this project a reality. Let’s work together and empower generations to come. Let’s work together and build the Performing Arts and Education Centre.

Questions? Call us for more information.

Business Manager
The College of Piping and Performing Arts of Canada
619 Water Street East
Summerside, PEI C1N 4H8

Office: (902) 436-5377
Email: roger.downie@collegeofpiping.com

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The College offers regular curricula in the Great Highland Bagpipe, Pipe Band Drumming, Highland Dance, Step Dance and new in 2017 Fiddling.

The regular programming begins the Monday September 11 and wraps up in mid June, following the public school academic year and holidays. Students have a variety of options in how their curriculum will take shape, depending on their experience and aspirations. Many come for private sessions, many for group work; some come once a week, and others multiple times a week.

All regularly scheduled programs are goal-driven, with the student and instructor mutual partners in achieving excellence.

For detailed information for the 2017/2018 programming, click on the link for each discipline:

2017/2018 Fiddling Programming and Course Offerings

½-Hour Group

The standard and basic offering for students of fiddling is a half-hour group lesson. These are offered weekly from September through June. Every effort is taken to keep the class sizes small so that each student gets as much individual attention as possible.

Tuition: $525.00

Other options will be offered in the 2017-2018 regular session in addition to the ½ -Hour Group course:

Scheduling options:

1 Hour Group

A one hour group lesson.

Tuition: $1050.00

½ Hour Private

Many advanced students and adult learners prefer individual instruction.

Tuition: $700.00

For more information call The College of Piping at 902-436-5377 or email info@collegeofpiping.com

2017/2018 Bagpiping Programming and Course Offerings

½-Hour Group

The standard and basic offering for students of piping is a half-hour group lesson. These are offered weekly from September through June. Every effort is taken to keep the class sizes small so that each student gets as much individual attention as possible. Qualified students may be eligible for the Doug and Debbie Hall Scholarship – see Awards and Scholarships for details.

Tuition: $750.00

Other options will be offered in the 2017-2018 regular session in addition to the ½ -Hour Group course:

Scheduling options:

2nd Lesson/Week

An additional half-hour session. This is highly recommended for first and second year students. In the earlier stages of development, continuity is key in building a solid foundation and is proven to get students on the pipes much quicker.

Tuition: $300.00

½ Hour and 1-Hour Private

Many advanced students and adult learners prefer individual instruction. A certain level of ability will be required to sign up for the hour-long option in order to ensure productivity.

Tuition: $1,400.00 for 1 hour weekly; $800 for ½ hour weekly.

Online Education:

The College offers online private piping lessons for students who are unable to come to The College due to geography or mobility. We currently teach students from coast to coast! You will need a high speed internet connection and a webcam to access instruction from James or Kylie MacHattie. The course follows The College’s regular winter and spring schedule for lessons and holidays.

Tuition: $1,400 for 1 hour weekly; $800 for ½ hour weekly.

Piping for Highland Dancing

This course will give pipers the repertoire and experience needed to be proficient at piping for highland dancing – and hireable! Highland Dance competitions often have trouble finding qualified pipers to hire. The course includes practice playing for dancers in Highland Dance studio to familiarize pipers with challenge of playing for dancers of various sizes and different levels of experience.

This will take place over two Saturdays, approximately one month apart. The first session will familiarize the students with the required repertoire and tempo range for the standard Highland Dances. The students will have a month to learn the music, and the second session will require them to pipe for dancers with feedback from the Bagpiping and Highland Dance instructors.

Tuition: $75.00

For more information call The College of Piping at 902-436-5377 or email info@collegeofpiping.com

2017/2018 Drumming Programming and Course Offerings

½-Hour Group

The standard and basic offering for students of drumming is a half-hour group lesson. These are offered weekly from September through June. Every effort is taken to keep the class sizes small so that each student gets as much individual attention as possible. Qualified students may be eligible for the Doug and Debbie Hall Scholarship. Please see Awards and Scholarships for details.

Tuition: $750.00

Other options will be offered in the 2017-2018 regular session in addition to the ½ -Hour Group course:

Scheduling options:

2nd Lesson/Week

An additional half-hour session. This is highly recommended for first and second year students. In the earlier stages of development, continuity is a key in building a solid foundation and is proven to get students on the drum much quicker.

Tuition: $300.00

½ Hour and 1-Hour Private

Many advanced students and adult learners prefer individual instruction. A certain level of ability will be required to sign up for the hour-long option in order to ensure productivity.

Tuition: $1,400.00 for 1 hour weekly; $800 for ½ hour weekly.

Online Education:

The College offers online private snare drumming lessons for students who are unable to come to The College due to geography or mobility. We currently teach students from coast to coast! You will need a high speed internet connection and a webcam to access instruction from Chris Coleman. The course follows The College’s regular winter and spring schedule for lessons and holidays.

Tuition: $1,400 for 1 hour weekly; $800 for ½ hour weekly.

For more information call The College of Piping at 902-436-5377 or email info@collegeofpiping.com

 2017/2018 Highland Dance Programming and Course Offerings

3/4-Hour to 1.5-Hour Group

The standard and basic offering for students of Highland Dancing is the group lesson. These are offered in 45 minute to 1.5 hour long sessions. These classes are offered weekly from September through June.

Beginner/Novice

One or two 1-hour classes per week.  New beginners can take a 45 minute group class.

Tuition:  $595 for 1 class/week; $1010 for 2 classes/week (30% discount for second class)

Special rate for New Beginners (first year):  $395

**  Sibling special!!:  a second sibling can get a 30% discount for registering in Highland Dance at the beginner/novice level.  Cannot be mixed with Step Dance or combined with the 30% discount for the second class.

Adult New Beginner

These group classes are fun and great exercise! They are one hour per week.

Tuition: $595

Advanced

Two 1.5 hour group classes per week.  Any dancers who wish to be considered for the added opportunity of the Dance Company are required to take two classes per week.

Tuition:  $1195 for two classes per week; $665 for one

 

Other program offerings:

Private Lesson

These can be taken in one hour time slots based on the schedule of the instructor.

Tuition:  $40 per private lesson

Semi-Private Lesson

These classes have 2 to 3 students and are for one hour.  They must be requested based on availability of the instructor.

Tuition:  $25 per student per semi-private lesson

For more information call The College of Piping at 902-436-5377 or email info@collegeofpiping.com

2017/2018 Step Dance Programming and Course Offerings

½-Hour or 1-Hour Group

The standard and basic offering for students of Step Dancing is the group lesson. These are offered in 30 or 60 minute sessions, depending on the age and experience of the dancer. These classes are offered weekly from September through June.

Beginner/Novice

One half-hour class per week.

Tuition:  $425

Special rate for New Beginners (first year):  $395

**  Sibling special!!:  a second sibling can get a 30% discount for registering in Step Dance at the beginner/novice level.  Cannot be mixed with Highland Dance.

Adult New Beginner

These group classes are fun and great exercise! They are a half hour per week.

Tuition: $425

Advanced

One hour per week.

Tuition:  $595

Other options will be offered in the 2017-2018 regular session in addition to the Group course:

Scheduling options:

½-Hour or 1-Hour Private

Many advanced students prefer the intensity of individual instruction. A certain level of experience will be required to sign up for the hour-long option in order to ensure productivity. Tuition: $595.00 for ½ hour and $790.00 for 1 hour

For more information call The College of Piping at 902-436-5377 or email info@collegeofpiping.com