Galician Centers around the world usually offer classes of Galician bagpiping, drumming, and dancing, or they know addresses of teachers or groups nearby. This is probably the first source of information.
A list of the addresses of Galician Centers in the world can be found at the Xunta de Galicia WWW server.
Note: I am still looking for more school addresses. Anyone?
Escola de Gaita Tradicional Galega
C/San Claudio 41 -- Local 3
Marmuríos de Leucoíña
Curros Enríquez, 10
They can also be contacted by e-mailing one of its components living in Pontevedra. His name is José, and his e-mail address is email@example.com. He will be very happy of answering any question you might have regarding the school and/or the group.
As far as I know, they focus mainly on gaita bands, in a spirit not very unlike that of the Scottich bagpipe bands. Many people say this is contrary to the tradition in Galicia. Other people say this is a natural development.
Escola Provincial de Gaitas
Deputación de Orense
This Barcelona-based school was founded in 1977 by Xosé Lois Foxo. Despite its being away from Galicia, has an very good record of activities, among which, of course, Galician dancing, bagpiping, and drumming classes are to be counted. They also organize every year a Galician Music Festival, now (in 1998) in its fourteenth edition. This festival has hosted so far some the best Galician groups and performers, and usually includes also guests from abroad. They have a gaita band sized 40, as well as two dance groups an one group of pandeireteiras (Galician tambourine female players).
Its address is:
ESCOLA DE GAITAS E DANZAS GALEGAS ``TOXOS E XESTAS''
Apdo. Postal 85 08080 Barcelona.
Tel / Fax +34-1-93- 4410283
For any question, Conchi Castro can be reached by e-mail.
This Conservatorio (Music School) is linked to the Universidade Popular de Vigo. Apart from bagpipes, they offer lectures on other instruments, such as Galician drumming, zanfona (hurdy-gurdy), harp, fiddle, tambourine and traditional Galician singing. They also offer lectures on ethnography and folklore. There are also a school of instrument making. Some of the finest players and instrument makers were raised in this University.
Classes are free; the only requirement is being based on Vigo. For more information, write to Irene Varela.
Classes on piping and drumming. The full instruction spans along four years, and very much follows the system and methods of the Music Conservatory of Vigo. They can be reached at:
Escola de Gaitas Tradicional Ourensana
Claustro de San Francisco, s/n
+34-988-382082 or +34-988-230638
Or by sending e-mail to Xosé Lois Miguélez, one of the teachers in that school.