Saturday, January 14, 2012 on the front page of the New York Times!

I have very exciting news to share. The New York Times ran a front-page feature this week about online music lessons, featuring  The newspaper's website even included a short video clip from one of my Skype lessons.

They've got a fantastic story about one of my students, and why online piping lessons work great for him:

New York Times: With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join the Band

When Dr. John McClure, a pathologist in Edina, Minn., was pondering his wish list several years ago, he added something a little out of the ordinary: learn to play the bagpipes. But his goal seemed like a long shot after a friend who had been teaching him moved away.

Now he is getting lessons from a top-tier teacher — Jori Chisholm, whose résumé includes a first-place award at the 2010 Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland. Mr. Chisholm lives in Seattle, but distance is no longer a problem — Dr. McClure now takes lessons over Skype.

They even squeeze in a lesson sometimes when Dr. McClure, 50, is at work, though he keeps the noise down by using a practice chanter, essentially a pipe without a bag. “I’ve been on call, waiting for a specimen from the O.R., and I’ll do a lesson with Jori,” Dr. McClure said.

Skype and other video chat programs have transformed the simple phone call, but the technology is venturing into a new frontier: it is upending and democratizing the world of music lessons. ...

Read the full article.

Of course, you may have already experienced the value of online piping instruction!

To celebrate making the front page of the Times, we're offering special "We made the New York Times!" discounts on several of our most popular packages.  So visit and start making that New Year's resolution happen.

Thank you for making the internet's premier site for information on learning to play the pipes. We have some great things coming up and we plan to make 2012 our best year ever, so stay tuned...

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