Instrumental music for young students ages 6-9. Excellent preparation for future instrumental ensemble experience!
The tin whistle (also called the pennywhistle or Irish flute) is a simple 6-holed wind instrument in the same family as the recorder. The easy fingering system makes the tin whistle an ideal instrument to learn simple music notation, easily transferring that knowledge to other instruments as the child matures. Even young children can learn to play songs and perform them in an ensemble setting.
Students in this class will learn:
Proper playing posture and hand position
Essentials of proper articulation, breath support, and tin whistle tone to produce a pleasing sound
Beginning music notation, including: Treble clef staff notes and note names, time signatures, whole, half, quarter, and eighth rhythms, dynamics, and tempo markings
A variety of music styles, including simple children's songs, hymns, traditional and folk music, as well as music from other cultures
Unison, partner songs, and simple duets
Beginning ear training
Performance étiquette, beginning ensemble playing, and basic conducting gestures
Students must purchase and bring their own tin whistle, in the key of D, to class. Most tin whistles are in the $8-$16 range. Here is a link to an example on Amazon.com of a tin whistle: https://www.amazon.com/Waltons-Irish-Penny-Whistle-Key/dp/B004SUAOTU/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1361233376&sr=8-14&keywords=penny+whistle
• All instructional material will be provided by the teacher. • The class is $50 per student for a 15-week class, culminating in a concert at the end of the semester. • No previous music experience necessary.