SCQF 7 Piping 2018-03-05T13:30:17+00:00

sqa1SCQF Level 7 Certificate – Bagpipes

Professional Development Award Scottish Bagpipes
Cost: £70

Represents a high standard of knowledge and ability. The candidate will be expected to be able to play fluently in a professional manner.

1. Maintenance

  1. Candidates must be prepared to answer questions on maintenance at any previous certification level
  2. Candidates must be able to describe all steps required to put a set of bagpipes into good playing order, and to maintain them in that condition thereafter

2. Practical

On the Practice Chanter
Sight read from a set piece equivalent in standard required for the practical examination

Light Music (Ceol Beag)
Candidates are to submit four tunes of each of the following:

  1. Competition March (minimum 4 parts)
  2. Competition Strathspey (minimum 4 parts)
  3. Competition Reel (minimum 4 parts)
  4. Competition Hornpipe (minimum 4 parts)
  5. Competition Jig (minimum 4 parts)

The assessor is to select one tune from each category for the candidate to play. Candidates will be expected to tune their own drones to a well-balanced chanter and be capable of blowing a steady tone. Candidates will also be assessed on Marching and Deportment.

Piobaireachd (Ceol Mor)
Candidates are to submit four Piobaireachds. One each of the following type:

  1. Standard Crunluath
  2. Crunluath Breabach
  3. Crunluath Fosgailte
  4. Crunluath a Mach

The assessor is to select one piobaireachd for the candidate to play in its entirety and may select additional tunes or parts thereof at the assessors discretion.

3. Theory and History

Candidates must be able to:

  • Answer questions on theory from any of the previous certification levels
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of pitch, tone, and tuning frequencies relating to the bagpipe
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the three Highland Bagpipe pentatonic scales
  • Compose harmony to a set piece of music
  • Transpose a melody from simple to compound time or vice versa
  • Understand how the bagpipe pitch and scale relates to other instruments
  • Write the first line of a piobaireachd ground on a stave
  • State the requirements and the format for the following dances:
  • Highland Fling
  • Sean Truibhas
  • Sword Dance
  • Sailors Hornpipe
  • Irish Jig

Write a short essay of not more than 500 words selected from one of the following topics:

  • Solo competition system
  • The pipe band movement
  • A famous piper and his/her contribution to piping
  • Present day piping organisation and their contribution to piping