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Karen D.

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  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Awarded Grand Prize Winner from Meridian Records
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Karen D.

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Tin Whistle:
The tin whistle, also called the penny whistle or pemperin English flageolet, Scottish penny whistle, tin flageolet, Irish whistle, Belfast Hornpipe, feadóg stáin and Clarke London Flageole, is a simple, six-holed woodwind instrument. It is a type of fipple flute, putting it in the same class as the recorder, Native American flute, and other woodwind instruments that meet such criteria. A tin whistle player is called a tin whistler or simply a whistler. The tin whistle is closely associated with Celtic music. Let me help you learn the basics of breathing, notes, rhythms, songs and improvisation.

About Karen

Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method! No End To How Good You Can Get! Become Better Than Anyone Out There! Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage! Karen D. -Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method -Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Musi

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Anthony F.
Karen is very patient & caring while teaching.
Gelaney W.
I will definitely be expanding my accordion skills & of music theory . I’ll also be adding some 😎 Jazz Standards to my repertoire ☺️.
Kelly S.
Karen was not prepared for the lesson. She spent 15 minutes trying to send me photos from a beginner Tabla book available on Amazon. She did not own a set of Tabla drums. She ensured me she could teach anything, but could not pronounce the words used for proper Tabla technique, knew no history and could not even teach me to tune. She literally was reading out of the book figuring it out along the way. I lost a lot of trust from this and asked for a full refund for future lessons.

Audrey M.

8 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, German, Irish
  • Awarded All Ireland Champion from Comhaltas
  • Teaching since 2008
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Audrey M.

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Irish Tin whistle lessons from an experienced irish musician. 5 times all Ireland champion between flute and Tin whistle. All ages and standards welcome. Lessons will be adapted to suit players level, needs and wishes.

About Audrey

Irish Traditional Musician from Ireland. I have been playing Irish Music since I was 3 years old. I am also an Irish Dancer. I am currently living in the United States and hope to get more people here interested in Irish Music. I am a 5 times All Ireland Champion between Tin Whistle and Flu

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Seema K.
She is amazing- so cheerful and encouraging and provided a lot of praise. I learnt so much in the first lesson and I got to pick my own tune. I'm so excited to continue learning with Audrey and left feeling confident :)
David F.
Teacher's great, but technical problems made the lesson a little difficult.
David F.
Very, very accommodating. Doesn't mind recording things outside the lesson, although I try to be respectful of her time. Audrey usually does a tune slow, medium, and fast speed. She really wants to help me learn.

Kendall D.

5 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kendall D.

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I can teach students by ear or with sheet music. I can adapt my lessons with students based on what they seek to accomplish and what their current skill level is. In teaching tin whistle, my approach to teaching focuses on the enjoyment associated with playing the instrument and learning the cultural aspect of music-making.

About Kendall

I'm a musician, a music educator, and music researcher. I enjoy teaching and sharing my passion for music with students of all ages. I currently teach at the Urban College of Boston as an adjunct professor and I substitute teach for Newton Public Schools. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Ed

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Anna
I feel very lucky to have my son take flute lessons from Kendall! She is a wonderful teacher. Her lessons are dynamic, engaging and fun. Thirty minutes fly by like three minutes. Next time will schedule a longer session.
Natnicha
Kendall engaged my daughter in her first flute lesson. She is a talented musician who seems keen to share her passion. We look forward to future lessons with Kendall.
Felipee H.
She is great very good with our 6 yr old.
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Gio A.

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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • BA Music from University of Central Florida
  • Teaches students 1 and up
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Gio A.

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I learned to play traditional Irish music during my guitar studies at UCF. I also learned to play bodhran and tin whistle, both of which I"m happy to teach to the novice player.

About Gio

I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums. I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is wh

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Ron M.
Sure had fun and Gio gave me a lot of homework. This is good. I'm starting to get a good understanding of the Harmonica.
Ron M.
A great introduction to a Harmonica. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Amber W.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Bachelor Degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Amber W.

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber

I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction. I love working with my students

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Ken W.
Amber is fantastic!
Scott G.
Great first lesson. She made me feel very comfortable, was well prepared and did a great job.
Laura
Excellent instructor. Amber definitely knows flute instruction and is helping me get the basics I missed years ago.

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The average cost of 45-minute tin whistle lessons is $37. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $37 and $37 per hour.
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About as many names for the tin whistle as keys exist. Sometimes called the penny whistle, Irish whistle, Scottish penny whistle, tin flageolet, Belfast hornpipe, feadóg stáin, or Clarke London flageolet (to name a few), the tin whistle is a six-hole woodwind instrument of fairly simple construction. A fipple flute, the tin whistle is played by blowing on a constricted mouthpiece at the end of the instrument, similar to the recorder. 

Nearly every primitive culture played some type of fipple flute, meaning the tin whistle design is one of the oldest known. One Neanderthal relic from Slovenia dates to between 81,000 and 53,000 B.C.E. The modern tin whistle originated in the British Isles. 

Today, tin whistles come in a variety of keys and, for a skilled player, can produce

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a vast range of tones, trills, and pitches. The enchanting airiness of the tin whistle can produce both lively and, conversely, haunting melodies. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about why we recommend tin whistle lessons for anyone who's interested. 

Why Learn to Play Tin Whistle?

When you learn to play tin whistle, you become a part of one of the oldest human traditions, bringing people together through the power of music. Although the instrument appears simple, it's used to convey a wide range of emotions and stories through sound. For this reason, it's most commonly found in traditional folk music, such as Irish, Scottish, and even South African folk tunes. 

The tin whistle, however traditional it may sound, also has a place in contemporary music. It's commonly used in jazz, Icelandic post-rock, in film scores and video game music, and in both Irish and American rock music. Learning to play tin whistle will open you up to a variety of professional opportunities with the instrument. Whether you hope to carry yours around in your pocket to entertain people on-the-fly or try out for an Irish folk band, you'll be sure to enjoy the lovely, lilting melodies you make on the tin whistle. 

The Best Way to Learn Tin Whistle and What You'll Study in Tin Whistle Lessons

Although it's easy to find plenty of free tin whistle classes online, the best way to learn is with a private tin whistle teacher. In private lessons, you'll benefit from having your teacher's undivided attention. You'll receive immediate feedback and overcome challenges quickly, as you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Remember that no two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, tin whistle classes for children differ greatly from tin whistle lessons for adults. So, it's best to discuss your personal interests, goals, and preferred learning materials with your teacher before starting lessons and throughout the learning experience. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Tin Whistle Classes

If you have little or no previous experience playing tin whistle, then beginner classes are for you. In these lessons, you'll be introduced to your instrument, plus the basic techniques and musical theory needed to play it. In beginner lessons, your tin whistle teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Proper hold and embouchure
  • Taps/strikes, cuts, and slides
  • Playing scales and basic melodies
  • Reading musical notation
  • Introduction to music theory

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Tin Whistle Lessons

If you've had some previous experience paying tin whistle and are comfortable with the basic techniques, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these tin whistle classes, you'll extend your playing ability and learn more challenging techniques that'll take your tin whistle playing to the next level. Your tin whistle tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Ornamentation
  • Dynamics
  • Tongued triplets
  • Off-beat, long, and short rolls

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Tin Whistle Classes

Advanced lessons are intended for students who are familiar with most of the techniques of playing tin whistle. These lessons are designed to help students overcome personal challenges and improve their unique art. Topics covered in advanced lessons depends greatly on the student's individual interests and goals, but your tin whistle teacher might cover some of the following subjects:

  • Fingering effects
  • Playing with emotion
  • Soloing and improvisation
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Tin Whistle Teacher Near You

If you're ready to learn to play tin whistle, then you'll need an instructor. Luckily, finding a tin whistle tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct you to a long list of teachers who offer tin whistle lessons near you and online. Before you choose the tin whistle tutor who's right for you, we recommend browsing several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other students, like you. 

The cost of tin whistle classes varies, but most teachers base their fees on the length and frequency of lessons. Private lessons are well worth the investment; you'll pick up new techniques and learn tin whistle fast, when you study in a private setting. Before you know it, you'll be able to play a variety of tunes on this beguiling little instrument!