Penny Whistle

Penny Whistle or Tin Whistle


An easily accessible instrument in Ireland for years, it is often used as the "practice chanter" for the Uilleann (Irish) Pipe.  It has enjoyed a resurgence of late, particularly since the phenomena of "Riverdance" and the blockbuster movie "The Titanic".

Whistle can be pursued as a full time programme each day Monday to Friday noon, or as an evening programme from 5:30-7:00 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Everyone from beginners to advanced are welcome. Students will be split into groups as to ability. Beginners will start with the basics of holding the whistle and playing scales and simple tunes. More advanced topics will include:

  • Instruction and exercises on the component parts of Irish music
  • Embellishments such as rolls, cuts, crans, tonguing, phrasing and breath control
  • Variations on basic dance tunes
  • Interpretation and technique for slow airs

All participants should have penny whistles in the key of D. Intermediate to advanced players may also bring in a Low D Whistle. 


ANNOUNCING CELTFEST TRAD BAND: Assuming enough participants in the Celtic Music school this year, CeltFest plans to again present a comprehensive music school featuring many disciplines, which, though, taught separately, come together during CeltFest week to form a special ensemble---TRAD BAND. This is open to all full-time students registered in Celtic Music School instrumental subjects, and will take place in the afternoon as part of the day program's schedule.


What to Bring

  • Penny whistle in the key of D
  • Intermediate to advanced players may also bring a whistle in Low D
  • Pens 
  • Pencils 
  • Notebook  
  • Binder or folder for handouts  
  • Recording devices for musicians (optional)  
  • Water bottle  
  • Wacky costume for those participants in the Jig and Hornpipe Contest  
  • Shorts  
  • Long Pants  
  • Raingear  
  • Sweater for evening
  • Outdoor Sportswear & Sunscreen 
  • Bathing suit if swimming on beach
  • Beach towel 
  • Bug repellent  
  • Highland Dress/Irish Costumes are Optional  

Class Schedule/Location

The class schedule and location will be finalized once registration closes on June 25. 

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