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Lessons and Performing

Finding the Joy of Music through Focused Practice and Performance


Available online! Customized to suit your personal goals for your singing voice, guiding you to find your own voice and strengthen it. Ear training and sight-reading are important skills that are developed in the lessons, along with the study of repertoire to suit the student's voice.

Available online! Great Highland Bagpipes,

Scottish Smallpipes -

- (mouth-blown or bellows-blown)

Also: Ukulele or Irish Whistle

for beginners

For any occasion - adding the music of the pipes will make your event very special!   Indoors/Outdoors, Large or Small gatherings, with tunes selected to reflect the mood of your event.


About Rod

“Every person should feel the powerful emotional connection that music gives us.”

For Roderick Nevin, this powerful connection started in his childhood. Raised in a musically gifted, supportive family, his early musical experiences were as a choir singer and trombonist. Inspired by the joy he found in the music-making process, he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Mansfield University. A Master’s Degree in Music Education at West Chester University with a vocal performance option soon followed.

The desire to work with students brought Rod to Berks County where he taught music for 20 years. Throughout his tenure teaching, music became a truly worthy endeavor as students developed in their skills and performance abilities. Many of these students performed in Antietam High School Theatre productions and Antietam Community Theatre where Rod served various roles including orchestra director and music director. Seeking to have further impact on the musical development of the community, Rod joined the Reading Choral Society as an active singing member, and in 2015 joined the artistic staff as Bass Section Leader. This experience allows Rod to apply his teaching experience to adult vocalists as he leads their sectional rehearsals and provides instruction in vocal technique.

Feeling the irresistible desire to honor the music of his family heritage, Rod began learning to play the Highland Pipes at the age of 40. While mastering the instrument, he joined the Hamilton Celtic Pipe Band and now serves as the Pipe Major (director and manager) of the band.

In 2021 Rod became the newest member of the musical trio known as Fire in the Glen, a band specializing in mug-thumping Celtic tunes, lively songs and sea shanties.  Scottish smallpipes, Irish whistle, Ukulele, Vocals and Stompbox are his contributions to the mix.  More info at

Through his experiences as an educator, a learner, and a performer, Rod believes that every person should feel the powerful emotional connection that music gives us. Each lesson Rod designs is tailored to the student employing a variety of instructional approaches.



"Rod is an excellent teacher: Patient, kind, knowledgeable.  Rod welcomed our son into his band, greatly increasing his enjoyment of the bagpipes." - S.G. (parent)

"Rod is an excellent teacher with an immersive teaching style.  He has a diverse range of interests in music that enriches the lesson.  He allows me to choose music that interests me." C.M. (student)

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Contact Me

202 Mayer St.   Reading, PA 19606

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