The penny whistle (or tin whistle) is a six-holed, metal or sometimes wooden wind instrument played in traditional folk music across Ireland, Britain and beyond. It is most commonly found in the key of D, which will be used in this class.
The penny whistle is part of a wider family of similar instruments found and played in many cultures around the world which includes the recorder, tabor, txistu (from the Basque region) and Native American flute. It is easy to grasp the basics of this instrument, although it can be played by skilled musicians in complex and virtuoso ways.
Level 1 (Autumn term only)
This class is suitable for complete beginners. Students will learn the complete range of notes on the Penny Whistle from low D to High D.
Tune types such as jigs, reels and hornpipes will be taught.
Students will have some previous experience of playing the penny whistle.
Well-known tunes from the rich repertoire of Irish and English traditional music will be covered.
Lessons will be taught by ear, with notation supplied.
This course will be led by performer, educator and composer Jacquelyn Hynes.
Autumn Term 2018: Sept 15, 29 | Oct 13, 20 | Nov 3, 17, 24 | Dec 1, 8 (9 week term)
Spring Term 2019: Jan 19, 26 | Feb 2, 16 | March 2, 16, 30 | April 13, 27 (9 week term)
Please note that we only accept complete beginners during the Autumn term - there is no Level 1 class offered in the Spring term.
Penny Whistle Level 2: 15:30 - 17:00
Annual fee: £210 | £172 concessions*
Termly fees: £113 | £90 concessions*
Advance booking required
We recommend enrolling for the whole year (Autumn and Spring term). We offer a 5% discount if you choose to pay for the whole year at the beginning of the Autumn term.
Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.