Why students really quit the bagpipes or drums (and how parents can prevent it)

iPad-Garageband-music-learningIt would be fair to say that most people pick up some form of musical instrument during their time at school. But most end up quitting a few months or years down the line. In the piping and drumming world, we have a slightly smaller catchment so it’s even more vital that we retain as many as possible. A good friend of mine passed me a great article about how to prevent students from quitting – it’s absolutely well worth a read.

Here’s an excerpt –

“Here are reasons students quit, and ways to combat them:

  1. Parents don’t treat music as important as other subjects.  The sad truth is that many non-music teachers and administrators do not find music equally as important as math or English language-arts — but parents must.  Besides, you wouldn’t let your child quit math, would you?  Many kids would jump at that opportunity!  Music is a core subject…period.  The more parents treat it as such, the less students will quit.
  2. Students don’t know how to get better.  Without the proper tools and practice habits to get better at anything, students will become frustrated and want to quit.  It is the role of music educators and parents to give students ownership over their learning.  Teachers must teach students why, how, where, and when to practice, and parents must obtain minimal knowledge about how students learn music in order to properly support them at home.
  3. Parents and students think they aren’t musically talented.  Sure, there are some kids who pick up an instrument and sound decent immediately, but they will hit a wall later and have to work hard to overcome it.  Most everyone else won’t sound that great at first.  Playing a musical instrument is a craft that, if practiced correctly, is something that all children can find success in.  As long as students know how to practice and that it needs to be done regularly, they will get better.  Many parents who speak to me and claim that they aren’t “musically talented” simply had bad teachers and little home support with music practice.
  4. Students discontinue playing over the summer.  Statistics show that students who do not read over the summer find themselves extremely behind once school starts — the same goes for playing an instrument!  A year of musical instruction can quickly go down the tubes over the summer vacation if students do not find small ways to play once in a while.  Picking up an instrument for the first time after a long layoff can be so frustrating that a student will not want to continue into the next school year.”

You can check out the full article here.

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Pipe Band Drumming Workshop

Well, it happened again….only it was even bigger and better than ever.

The Canberra College of Piping and Drumming hosted their annual Workshop for bagpipers and drummers. This special event brought in players from all over Australia, U.K and New Zealand. The Worlds top piping and drumming experts offered their advice, skills and knowledge.

The teaching line-up included Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry, Jori Chisholm, Greg Wilson, Stuart Liddell, James Laughlin, Brenton Earl, Richard Hawke, Grant Cassidy and Ken Maltman.

Pipe Band drumming lessons were offered to students of all levels.  People arrived, wanting to know how to play the Scottish drums, and they left with all the skills and ability to play the pipe band drum!

What topics were covered at the pipe band drumming workshop ?

Drum Rolls

Paradiddle Development

Rhythmic Exercises

Playing drum scores

And way more!

James Laughlin released his new book, Learn Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2, at the Canberra piping and drumming workshop. You can get your hands on a copy here.  If you are just starting to learn pipe band drumming, then James Laughlins Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 1 would be the best option for you!

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Scottish Drumming News – The Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2 is NOW AVAILABLE!

The long-awaited Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2 is now available for instant download.

Two years ago, James Laughlin launched Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 1 in paperback and e-book formats. It has been the best-selling Pipe Band Drumming Instruction book in the last two years with 100’s of Scottish drumming fanatics using the book to learn and teach.

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Pipe Bands Unite

Pipe Bands – competitive in nature.  Pipe Bands – caring in nature.

The recent string of of earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand has left the city shaken and frail.  The city is home to a large and vibrant pipe band community.  I am fortunate enough to be a part of the Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band.

Having spent almost 6 years in New Zealand, I have noticed a very competitive rivalry between the bands, a healthy and positive environment.  However, it is evident that the bands are all very inter-connected and their love of the music unites them.

I was touched when a friend from Wellington contacted me to say that NZ’s bands were putting on a concert to help with the Earthquake relief, and then another phone call from Dunedin in the south with the same intention.

Emails have been coming in from Mexico, Canada, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe,  Australia and the United States.  Our community is truly a special thing, and very tight-knit.  People have been reaching out offering money to replace instruments, offering their homes to get away from it all and sending their love and best wishes.

It  is times like this that really make us appreciate how special the pipe band fraternity is.  It is not just a hobby for us all, but a passion and lifestyle.

Long may this international community remain strong.

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Pipe Band Drumming Solo Results and Prizes

I would like to congratulate a few of my students at Come2Drum.com for their recent successes in pipe band drumming solo contests (can you all please send through updated solo results for 2010 and I will post them) 

Kelsey  – Winner of the B.C. Mini Meet Grade 3 in Canada

Graham – 3rd Place in the B.C. Mini Meet Grade 2 in Canada

Steven – Winner of the Grade 3 North American Drumming Medal 2010, U.S.A

Conan  – 3rd Place at the Strathallan drumming solos, Novice. Scotland

Joerg  – 6th place Intermediate drumming at the Machern Solos, Germany

Carter – Winner of the March Medley Grade 3 drumming Stone Mountain, U.S.A

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