Registered Charity No. XT38066

nireland college of piping

City East Business Centre, 68-72 Newtownards Rd, Belfast, BT4 1GW   |  Telephone: 028 90941659

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EST. 1980

Level 3

Practical Piping

 

Grade 6

  • All piping exercises include the associated canntaireachd

  • Double echo beats

  • Trills

  • Longer gracenotes

  • Grips, leumluaths, taorluaths

  • Taorluath mach

  • Set Pieces: Piobaireachd grounds, hornpipes, jig, Irish jigs

  • Reed a set of pipes, tune and play a set piece accurately

  • Aural test and sight reading

  • Memory writing

  • Note values, Treble and Bass Clefs

  • Understanding Musical terms

 

Grade 7

  • All piping exercises include the associated canntaireachd

  • Grips and gracenotes

  • Triplings

  • The dithis variation, singling and doubling

  • The siubhal variation

  • Set Pieces, Piobaireachd, Irish reels, Breton airs

  • Canntaireachd

  • Tuning a group of pipers

  • Aural Test and sight reading

  • Memory writing

  • Note values, Treble and Bass Clefs

  • Wearing of Highland Dress

 

 

 

Grade 8

  • All piping exercises include the associated canntaireachd

  • Crunluath

  • Crunluath BreabachCrunluath Mach

  • Set Pieces, Piobaireachd, Medley composition

  • Tune a snare drum

  • Tie in a Pipe bag

  • Aural test, piobaireachd and canntaireachd

  • Sight reading

  • Note values, Treble and Bass Clefs

  • Understanding musical terms

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Drumming

 

Grade 6

  • Triplet rolls with double “kick” accents

  • Double paradiddles

  • Para-triplets

  • Paradiddles and single strokes

  • Flam rolls

  • Flam paradiddles and triplets

  • Set Pieces: Solo study, hornpipes and jigs

  • Aural test and sight reading

  • Memory writing

  • Note values, Treble and Bass Clefs

  • Understanding Musical terms

 

Grade 7

  • Stick control

  • Drag and bounced drag

  • Bounced Flam

  • Flam Tap

  • Paradiddle-diddle

  • Paradiddle and double paradiddles with buzz strokes

  • Accented triplet single runs

  • Triplet roll

  • Use of hands and feet

  • Set Pieces, Study and vatiations, drum salute

  • 6 part march, strathspey and reel

  • Grade 1 Piping (chanter only)

  • Tune the drones to a piper playing

  • Tune a Bass and Tenor Drum to a Quartet of pipers

  • Aural test and sight reading

  • Memory writing

  • Note values, Treble and Bass Clefs

  • Wearing of Highland Dress

 

 

Grade 8

  • Ability any score presented (See Alex Duthart Books Vols. 1 & 2

  • NIPDS Bass & Tenor Grades 1 – 5

  • Music and memory writing, medley, march, strathspey and reel

  • Write and play a solo composition

  • Note values, Treble and Bass Clefs

  • Understanding musical terms

 

 

Theory of Music

 

Grade 6

  • Key signatures

  • Semitones and intervals

  • Chromatic Scale

  • Double accidentals

  • Diatonic major scales

  • Whole tone scale

  • Transposition

  • Irish music and Breton pipe music

  • Ornaments

  • Piobaireachd and its structure

  • Canntaireachd

  • Rhythm and rhythmic devices

  • Implications for pipe bands

  • Anticipation

  • Swing and interpretation

  • Drone reeds

  • History of the bagpipe and drum

  • Musical terms

 

 

Grade 7

  • Minor scales

  • Relative major

  • Modes

  • The pips chanter

  • Pentatonic scales

  • The bagpipe as tuned instrument

  • Intervals

  • Diatonic intervals in a major scale, augmented and diminished

  • Melody and composition

  • Phrase structure

  • Harmony and chord progression

  • Characteristics of sound

  • Harmonics and harmonic series

  • Intonation, resonance and acoustics

  • Pipe Band ensemble

  • Chanter reeds

  • History of the bagpipe and drum

  • Musical terms

 

 

Grade 8

  • Intervals and inversions

  • Concords and discords

  • Diatonic intervals in minor scake

  • Transposition

  • Melody and composition

  • Sequence, inversion, contrast, modulation

  • Passing notes

  • Arpeggios

  • Changing notes and auxiliary notes

  • Suspensios and anticipations

  • Binary and ternary form

  • Triads in major and minor keys

  • Cadences

  • Dominant seventh

  • Figured bass

  • Harmonic progression

  • Similar, contrary and oblique motion

  • Counterpoint

  • Two part writing

  • Harmony on the pipe chanter

  • Cadences in pipe music

  • Musical forms

  • Selection of pipe band melodies and medleys

  • History of the bagpipe and drum

  • Musical terms

                                                                                    The NIPDS is an

                                            Associate College of The College of Piping, Glasgow

                                                           Funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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