Learning in Schools
The Trust helps to extend and sustain piping and
drumming in Scotland's state schools, with a
focus on remote and disadvantaged areas. We
supported 3,750 pupils in over 270 schools last
year. More partnerships are pending, and new
enquiries are welcome.
Resilience and teamwork, perseverance and confidence - these are just some of the transferable life skills that pupils develop when they play in a pipe band, along with a sense of pride and belonging within the school and community. Widening opportunities to learn the pipes and drums in schools also helps, on a national scale, to safeguard Scotland’s unique cultural heritage.
Apply for single and multi-year cash grants
towards piping and drumming tuition, as well
as other costs such as drums or travel.
Free Instrument Loans
SSPDT lends bagpipes, b-flat concert chanters, and electronic chanters to schools and
other organisations, free of charge.
65 bands, quartets for beginners, and freestyle
for a fusion of instruments and music. It's the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships... the world's largest schools piping event!
Pupil Entrepreneur Award
Young pipers sharpen their business, teamwork
and performance skills in this entrepreneurship
award; their reward is to earn and keep their
own set of loaned SSPDT pipes.
Freestyle - 2021 - Online!
The Scottish Schools Freestyle Championships took place online from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 March, with 16 bands battling it out for the prizes.
Films were broadcast over the evenings of Thursday 25, Friday 26, and Saturday 27 March, with an exciting People's Choice Award and the competition results announced on the Sunday.
SSPDT has co-created 55 new piping and
drumming teaching roles in schools, so far. We
provide networking, professional development
events and resources for piping and drumming
tutors working in schools.
SSPDT’s paid year-long internships offer training to pipers and snare drummers, and are a proven gateway to teaching careers in schools.