You weren't just born to play bagpipes,
you were born to create bagpipe music!
It's just that perhaps you didn't know it yet...

Introducing the World's First Bagpipe Theory & Composition Program!

  • A 6-month fully immersive journey into the art of creating your own original music, harmony, and arrangements for the Great Highland Bagpipe
  • Learn bagpipe-specific music theory, tune composition, harmony-writing, suite creation, medley construction, playing with other instruments, and more!
  • VIP Access to our Exclusive Facebook Group for Bagpipe Composers, to share our work, ask questions, and immerse ourselves in creativity!
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You Will Discover:

- Month 1: Essential Bagpipe Music Theory. How understanding the piano will give us the backbone we need to learn about scales, chords and chord progressions! How chords and chord progressions are the foundation of tune writing, harmony, accompaniment, and suite-creation.

- Month 2: How to take that sweet musical idea and turn it into your own original, fully-finished bagpipe tune. Plus, two other methods of creating a tune that don't require that "big idea" you always hear about.

-Month 3: How to take any tune and write your own, unique harmonies to it. Write multiple lines, in different styles, or keep it simple. It's all up to you!

-Months 4-6: Advanced creative topics like Suite-writing, Medley Composing and arrangements, Playing with other instruments, and more!

From a simply arranging an existing tune to original compositions, Andrew's creativity and ingenuity as a composer is first-rate. I have especially found his harmony arrangements to be an invaluable contribution to our band.

Adam Holdaway - Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band

Andrew has written harmonies and arrangements for our band for several years. His scores are very melodic, and also appropriate for the level of players. Thank you, Dojo University!

Fountain Trust Pipe Band, Indiana

Dear Aspiring Bagpipe Creative MasterMind,

What if you could pull up a video on your home computer, office computer, television, or mobile device and learn the art of bagpipe music composition, arrangement, harmony-writing, theory, and more?

I'm not talking about gimmicks here! I'm talking about the real, objective, flexible tools of musical expression and creation that the great composers of history (and not JUST for the bagpipes) have used to create some of the world’s most expressive and emotional music of all time.

And, what if you could learn all of these skills in just 6 short months, instead of it taking years and years… if you get around to it at all? Are you getting excited yet?

Well... You should be!

Because on this page, I'm going to reveal our approach to learning the essential theory and compositional skills of the bagpipes that will allow you to learn anywhere: in your practice room, in your car, on your ipod® while at the gym --- ANYWHERE!

So, if you have a computer and that strong burning desire to be a bagpipe composer, then you have what it takes to dive into our super fun, highly educational, and extremely high-definition video course and come out the other side as a real expressive composer for the bagpipes.

Here's some info about our tested and proven approach…

For this course, all you need is the desire to compose for the bagpipes. Whether you play at a high level or not, whether you’ve had experience with theory and composing in the past or not - it doesn’t matter! By the time you’re finished with Month 1, you’ll see why. Our method simply WORKS, no matter who you are, how old you are, how much you know, etc.

We don't use "conventional" methods that only sort of get you where you need to go. As a matter of fact - we invented this course specifically for bagpipers, so that our students don’t get lost with elements of music theory that don’t apply to us (or perhaps they apply to us in a special way, due to the constraints/unique aspects of the instrument). Our course focuses on a logical pathway to building a foundation of bagpipe theory and creativity, in a way that you can connect with, believe in, and most importantly, that you can do in just a few minutes each session (in other words, you won’t have to slave away at your computer for months to get the hang of this). Don’t get me wrong - the harder you work on this stuff, the better you will get at it, but the important thing is that you can choose your pace.

You do NOT (I repeat, do NOT) need to be a master piper, a master sight-reader, or have brilliant pre-conceived inspirational ideas! This course teaches you how to be creative for the bagpipes, from scratch. We definitely aren’t going to pile on tons of unnecessary super-geek theory or extreme esoteric compositional phiolosophies. We are going to learn all of the basics, don’t you worry, but it’ll be in a seamless, organic way that gives you the confidence you need to forge on with each and every lesson. Trust me on this one!

No boring book work! Everything is video-based. Whether at home, lazing around the house, or even exercising, you'll benefit from this convenient way to learn. I designed this video program with busy people in mind so you'll find this program to be straight to the point, open ended (i.e. there's a lot of stuff you can do on your own time outside of the video-lessons), and most importantly - FUN. No fluff. No hype. Straight to the point!

Let's get down to it.

Here's a detailed overview of what you can expect to learn in our comprehensive 6-month "Composition Club":

  • A Review of "The Basics"

    Before we get down to the crazy stuff, we take a little bit of time in Month 1 to review the basics. How do we draw notes, set up the staff, understand time signatures and basic rhythm, etc? Don't worry - this train won't leave without you if you need a bit of a refresher.

  • Getting to Know the Piano

    Don't worry - we don't need to be able to play the piano, but it will be important to learn the basics of it, because it's the backbone to pretty much all musical creation. The piano lends insight to how scales, chords, progressions, and other key musical concepts all fit together. We do this in Month 1.

  • Chords & Chord Progressions

    As the bulk of Month 1, we're going to look at chords, what they are, and how combinations of chords (called "chord progressions") are the foundation of all bagpipe tunes, harmonies, suites, accompaniment, and more! The awesomeness of this stuff will blow your mind!

  • Composing Tunes

    Month 2 will focus on writing your first tunes. Imagine that. Within 60 days of starting this club, you're going to have completed several of your own compositions. With just a little bit of theory out of the way during Month 1, you'll have everything you need to start making your mark on the bagpipe creative scene!

  • 3 Tune Composing Methods

    You won't always have that perfect musical gem to jump-start the compositional process. In month 2, we're going to master 3 of the best techniques to composing tunes, 2 of which don't even require a "big idea" to get them started!

  • Writing Harmonies

    Do you play in a band or group that needs harmonies for tunes, but you don't know who to ask to get them going for you? Well... why don't you be the go-to person?!? In Month 3, we'll learn all of the essentials of harmony writing. This month is jam-packed with tons of information that will be with you for the rest of your piping life.

  • Counterpoint, Voice-Leading, Dissonance, and Resolution!

    These are big musical composition topics that most musicians don't learn about until they are at an advanced stage. However, pipers can use all of these skills to master their harmony writing (and really say something unique). More on this in Month 3.

  • Composing Your Masterwork

    When I was a kid, I dreamed of writing the master-work of all masterworks (often referred to as a "suite"). Well, Month 4 is all about the study of suites, and the creation of our own master-works! We'll also have an in-depth look at the Hourglass Suite, my own personal mega-work.

  • Advanced Topics and Real-World Challenges

    As the course progresses, we're going to look at real-world compositional challenges and issues. How do you play/compose with other instruments? How do you write successful music for pipe-band competitions? How do you incorporate special techniques and styles into your notation? All of these questions, and much, much, more will be included in this mega course we call the "Composition Club."

  • Available on Any Device

    You won't be able to download our proprietary videos to your device, but as long as you have an internet connection, you'll be able to access the course from any device. You know, from your phone, to your tablet, to your TV, to.... your spaceship?

  • Our "Get Composing NOW" Philosophy

    It's important that we get composing right away in our Composition Club. Many of these techniques were learned by Andrew throughout his life and his music degree, but we're going to get started on them right away, from the perspective of real bagpiping. Later in life, there will be gaps you can fill in, but this club will be an AMAZING jumping off point for you! Dive in with us!

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Bonus #1: Andrew's "Tune Vault" of Compositions

As a bonus with purchasing access to our Composition Club, you'll also receive access to Andrew's "Tune Vault" of compositions, including the Hourglass Suite, all of Andrew's SFU Pipe Band Compositions, and more!

This is the only place in the world you can access Andrew's original compositions, so it's truly a special perk that comes with being a Composition Club Member.

Bonus #2: Andrew's Pro Software Tour

Andrew uses two pieces of software to super-charge his creative abilities. The first is "Finale" the industry-standard software for engraving music for any combination of musicians, including multiple layers of bagpipe parts, full orchestras, and more!

Next, Andrew will give you a tour of his professional-grade "multi-track" recording software that allows him to field test, polish, and perfect any composition (for any combination of instruments).

Bonus #3: While Supplies Last! Free Copies of Andrew's Albums

Andrew only has a few left, but those who purchase access to our "Composing Club" program will receive free copies of Expression (2005) and Cill Chriosd (2006), Andrew's experimental albums of improvisational bagpipe music! If you want to know the true possibilities of bagpipe creativity, you'll need these on your CD shelf!

Bonus #4: Access to "Open Dojo Sessions"

Obviously composition, theory, harmonies, and all bagpipe creativity requires feedback. That's where access to our "Open Dojo Sessions" come in. These are regularly scheduled feedback sessions that usually come with a Dojo University membership. However, even if you're not a regular member, you'll receive access to these as a Composition Club purchaser.

During these sessions, you can upload music and arrangments, ask questions, and more to help you on your way to becoming a true bagpipe composition mastermind!

Bonus #5: Our Private Composition Club Facebook Group (Forum)

Last but not least, as a Composition Club member (past and present), you'll receive permanent access to our private facebook group, where members from all around the world share ideas, provide input, ask questions, and more about bagpipe creativity. Also, amidst our membership, Andrew and other famous bagpipe composers will participate and provide input. Many think this forum alone makes the Composition Club membership worth the money!

Why Learn From Andrew?

Andrew is extremely qualified to teach this course - but don't take our word for it! His accomplishments speak for themselves!

  • BFA in Fine Arts with a Major in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University
  • Composed the "Hourglass Suite," "Air in B Minor," "For Ireland I won't Tell Her Name," and other tunes played by the 6-time world champion SFU Pipe Band
  • Andrew's tunes are published in books like Bruce Gandy's vol. 3, the Glendinning Collection, and more.
  • Composed, Performed, and Engineered two Albums of Original Music; "Expression" (2005) and "Cill Chriosd" (2006)
  • Arranges competitive music for countless bands across the USA and Canada on a Yearly Basis

360 Degrees of Bagpipe Creative Bliss

To our knowledge, never before have the essential fundamentals of learning bagpipe theory and composition been assembled so completely, so rationally, and so simply for the world to digest. How exactly does everything fit together? Is there a logical order of all of this stuff? What are my top priorities as I'm learning? Why was I stuck, and not able to create?

All of these answers, and more, are found in our 6-month Composition Club.
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Technicalities - How will this purchase actually work?

When you purchase access to the Composition Club, you'll get an email within a minute or so that contains log-in information to a secret area of the Dojo U website.

From this secret area, you'll be able to easily navigate to each part of our course, and to our bonus materials.

Each month for 6 months, we're going to release a exhaustive "module" of material for you to consume that month. As mentioned above, we'll start with essential theory in month 1. Then, we'll move on to tune composition, harmony writing, etc., in the upcoming months.

Important Detail: After your 6 months of billing are completed, your billing will stop. From there, you will have permanent access to all of your materials!

The course is taught mostly in video form. Our video smoothly streams onto your computer or mobile device, on demand wherever there's an internet connection.

The club also has hundreds of printable PDF slides, for you to take notes on (if you wish).

Worried about Support?

Don't be! We have members of staff available to offer you tons of support during every business week. Plus, on weekends, we're usually around to help via email.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

We know that purchasing club access like this seems like a bit of a risk... I mean, let's face it - maybe you won't like it, right?

I'm so confident that you'll love this Club that I'll give you 30 days to tell me that it's not for you. If, in that time, you're just not getting out of it what you wanted, I'll refund you. It's a simple as that. If you're not happy, I pay, not you.

Oh, and even if you're not happy, you can keep all five bonus materials for free, on the house.

PS - Keep in mind that this course comes in 6 segments, billed each month. If you need to stop this payment plan, simply cancel any time. You won't receive any future modules of course, but you won't have to pay a cent more if you cancel before the billing date.

Join the Composition Club Today and receive all 5 of our Bonus Offers!

$69/month (Special Introductory Offer: $49 per month for 6 Months!)

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Important P.S. - We can only support 40 students per session without needing to scale up our costs. So, please take a special note of this price ($20 less than "full" price per month - a savings of $120 total over 6 months). Once we reach 40 registrations for this session, this discount will disappear!