Since around 1990, Julie Brinklow has offered bagpipe tuition, whether it be helping someone in the pipe band like in the “early days” or tutoring professionally since 1999.

All levels of instruction are catered for, from complete beginner through to advanced soloists. Julie teaches both youth and adult and ensures that her pupils have a well rounded level of expertise and can progress to become good pipers.

Enjoying much personal success of having champion solo and band pupils, Thistle Piping offers instruction on all of the following subjects:

  • Music Theory
  • Monotone Exercises
  • Reading & Understanding Music
  • Tuning & Maintenance
  • Reed Selection & Setting
  • Marching & Deportment
  • Finger-work Precision
  • Soloist Expression
  • College of Piping Exam Syllabus
  • PDQB Instruction
  • Piping Exam Preparation

We provide the following services:

Individual Private Lessons
Group Instruction
Pipe Corps Instruction

Please contact us for pricing and to book your lesson.

Appointments & Accreditations Held:
  • Visiting Instrumental Tutor for Bagpipes at Aberdeen University (since 2003)
  • Bagpipe Instructor at St Margaret’s School for Girls (since 2009)
  • Senior Instructor at Aberdeenshire Youth Pipes & Drums
  • Senior Instructor at The Huntly Piping School
  • Senior Instructor at the North East of Scotland Piping Arts Programme
  • Pipe Major – Portlethen & District Pipe Band
  • Competing piper with Grampian Police Pipe Band 

Julie also holds an Enhanced Disclosure, Police Vetting approved and is PDQB Qualified.