Learning a musical instrument is one of the most challenging and rewarding things you’ll ever do – and the bagpipes are no different. Studies have shown that learning a musical instrument has a positive impact on other areas of learning (Memory, Maths, Language & Listening).

Amber is a highly respected Bagpipe instructor who oozes enthusiasm and positivity. Based in the Ballarat area, Amber ensures that every lesson has an element of fun and accomplishment. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced piper, Amber will help you achieve your bagpipe goals.

A Bagpipe graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), Amber has taught around the world as a Bagpipe instructor. Currently employed by Ballarat Grammar School, Amber has previously worked for South Ayrshire Council, Wellington School Ayr, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The National Piping Centre (all Scotland) as the bagpiping instructor. She has taught in European piping schools in Germany, Italy, the Isle of Mann & Spain. Her diverse teaching experiences has allowed her to create a unique teaching style. Learning the Bagpipes with Amber has no age or skill restrictions – all Amber asks for is a willingness to learn and an open mind – leave the rest to Amber!

Below are some of the things you can expect to learn with Amber when starting Bagpipe lessons

  • Reading and understanding music
  • Aural skills
  • Monotone exercises
  • Tuning and maintenance
  • Finger-work precision
  • Repertoire selection
  • Music arrangments
  • PDGB instruction
  • SQA exam preparation
  • Reed selection and setting

Amber has over 10 years experience competing at the highest level in Pipe Bands (Grade 1), and offers tuition for pipe corps. Amber can work with Pipe Majors and Pipe Sergeants in various capacities;

  • Tighter core playing
  • Sound
  • Musical selection
  • Music & Harmony writing


Lesson Prices

Individual lessons (Including Skype)

  • 30 minute lesson; $30
  • 1 hour lesson; $55

Shared lessons (2 pupils)

  • 30 minute lesson; $40
  • 1 hour lesson; $60

Group lessons/ Workshops/ Band direction

  • 1 hour; $68
Leading Ballarat Grammar Pupils, Presentation night
Leading Ballarat Grammar Pipe Band Pupils, Presentation night
South Ayrshire Pupils pictured with the Queen's Commonwealth Baton
South Ayrshire Bagpipe Pupils pictured with the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton.
Great performances always get a High 5!
Great performances always get a High 5!
Ballarat Grammar School Opening Day
Ballarat Grammar School Open Day