Godess of Bagpipes Lessons: ‘Bagpipes can’t be just a way to get out’
A bagpipe lesson for children ages 6-12 is not what it sounds like, but a bagpipe class for the whole family.
The bagpipe teacher is looking to instill a love of the instrument into children.
“It’s a great way to engage with the kids and it’s not a bad way to learn,” says the bagpipe instructor, Susan B. Jackson.
The teacher says that many kids learn their instrument better when they’re doing it with a real teacher.
“When you’re playing, you’re always thinking about how you’re going to play,” says Jackson.
“You can’t just go and sit and sit on your hands and be like, ‘Oh, I’ll do this or that.'”
The bagpipers, who call themselves The Gods of Bagpipe, are offering a two-hour workshop in their studio in the hopes of giving kids a taste of the sound and history of bagpipe.
“We’re trying to get people to take the time to learn the bagpiper and really enjoy it, not just as a musical instrument, but as a way of living life,” says Bagpipe teacher Susan B Jackson.
B.J. Jackson, B.S. in music education, is a bagpiping teacher at The Gods Of Bagpiping.
She says her students are looking to learn something new and interesting.
“They’ve been blown away by the music and the sounds and the things they can do with it,” she says.
“The kids want to be able to play in the same room as their friends and hear their music, and that’s really exciting for me.”
A teacher’s dream is to teach a lesson that is fun and engaging.
“I think it’s important for young people to hear about these different sounds that they don’t necessarily know about,” says B.K. Jackson of Bag Pipes.
Jackson says the kids are coming out of their shells, ready to learn.
“And the teachers are doing a great job,” says one of her students, Noah.
“As long as they listen and they enjoy the bag and their instrument, I think it’ll be a great experience for them.”