You can study bagpiping as part of your music degree
Photos by Tony Fouhse
Jack Coghill, BMus/78, an instructor in music and a multimedia technician at the School for Studies in Art and Culture, began his musical studies at the age of nine by playing the snare drum. The son and grandson of pipers, he soon moved on to the bagpipe, as well, and has since played in and judged a huge number of competitions on the Highland Games circuit. As well as playing regularly with bands, and once with the Ceremonial Guard, Coghill has also played the bagpipes at Carleton convocations since 1990.
While nobody has asked for a program in piping for their degree, Coghill will be prepared with a strong one if and when someone does. “The piping curriculum will be geared toward both solo playing and band playing. It’s going to offer someone so much in terms of piping knowledge,” he says.
And if bagpiping isn’t your thing but you’re interested in another instrument—dulcimer or sitar, perhaps—contact the school’s faculty. They’ll do their best to find an instructor, from Carleton or the wider community, who can incorporate your favourite instrument into a BMus degree.