Undergraduate Course: The Highland Bagpipe: History, Context and Performance (SCET08010)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Part-year visiting students only
|Summary||An introduction to the history and performance of the Great Highland Bagpipe for Visiting Students. Students will learn basic playing technique through weekly group tuition sessions, and will study the history, development and cultural context of the bagpipe in its international setting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students must supply own practice chanter - available from department at a cost of £55
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||No specific prerequisites.
**Space in this course is limited, therefore entry is strictly controlled and monitored by the CHSS Visiting Student Office. Please refer all interested students to the VSO, 3rd Floor, DHT or ask them to email us at HSSvisitingstudents@ed.ac.uk for availability.**
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the cultural influences and historical events which influenced the development of the music of the great Highland bagpipe as an art form;
- demonstrate an understanding of the key genres of bagpipe music, placing these in their historical and cultural context;
- demonstrate an understanding of the key current issues in the performance of the music of the great Highland bagpipe, along with an appreciation of the cultural, artistic and historical influences on the music and its current performance contexts;
- demonstrate basic musical skills in relation to the great Highland bagpipe, using the starter instrument, the practice chanter;
- demonstrate critical reflection on the work undertaken in practical classes, relating this where appropriate to the cultural, historical and contextual study being undertaken.
|The following key texts are recommended:|
Cheape, H (2008) Bagpipes: a National Collection of a National Instrument. (Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland)
Dickson, J (2009) The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition. (Farnham: Ashgate)
Donaldson. W (2000) The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society 1750-1950. (East Lothian: Tuckwell Press)
West, G (2012) Voicing Scotland: Folk, Culture, Nation (Edinburgh: Luath)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||**Space in this course is limited, therefore entry is strictly controlled and monitored by the CHSS Visiting Student Office. Please refer all interested students to the VSO, 3rd Floor, DHT or ask them to email us at HSSvisitingstudents@ed.ac.uk for availability.**
|Course organiser||Prof Gary West
Tel: (0131 6)50 4151
|Course secretary||Ms Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167