I meet with students privately, either in person or over Skype, and sometimes in a classroom setting with others (parents are welcome too). Private students range in age from as young as 8 to over 80, including boys and girls, women and men, raw beginners or advanced players. Whether students are just beginning, or working to improve technique, or learning difficult music with an advanced approach — all apply a great attitude to their pursuit of good, and hopefully ‘sweet’, music with the Highland Bagpipe, practice chanter or Small pipe.
I teach out of a very large, well-lighted classroom studio in northwest Seattle. Students’ goals range from focus on better technique, recreational enjoyment, often solo competition, and sometimes toward becoming team musicians and leaders with Seattle’s Elliott Bay Pipe Band (where I volunteer as Music Director, or Pipe Major).
A student named Vince, one of Seattle’s homeless, was recommended to me for instruction by another piping teacher back in 1990. In 1994, with about a dozen students, I left my career to pursue piping full-time. “Do what you love,” a friend advised over lunch. Good advice.
My schedule for weekly instruction includes youth and adult beginners through advanced players. Notable advanced students include Aggregate Winners in grades I, II and III in most regional games, including the 2003 winner of the British Columbia Pipers Association Annual Gathering Grade I Piobaireachd (something I’m still work toward myself!).
I have a Bachelors of Science in Speech Communication (Oregon State University), with a minor in Engineering Physics. Prior to becoming a full time piper, I specialized in niche marketing strategies for law, architecture, and graphic design firms. I competed in speech and debate for seven years, including five for OSU.
Tyrone offers private lessons weekdays, from morning to late afternoon. Private lessons may be in person or over Skype. Lessons times may vary to meet the needs of both student and teacher. Weekends and evenings are reserved for performances, rehearsal and travel, as are some Thursdays and Fridays.