The Valley Troubadours

Homeschool Music Program 

Tin Whistle:

Fridays, 9:50-10:20
$50 for the semester, all music included



Instrumental music for young students ages 5-8.  Excellent preparation for future instrumental ensemble experience!

Class Description:

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

Class Requirements:

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.


All instructional material will be provided by the teacher.


The class is $50 per student for a 15-week class, culminating in a Spring concert at the end of the semester. 


No previous music experience necessary. 

Claire LaFrombois - Student Teacher

Claire is a homeschool high school  Junior.  She has played oboe for 7 years, and also plays tin whistle, flute, clarinet, & saxophone (you might see her playing the giant bari sax in our Troubadours ensembles!).  She has played for years in  Lawrence Academy Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble, has received Division I ratings WSMA Solo & Ensemble contest, and attends music camps each summer at Lawrence University.


Claire will be student teaching Tin Whistle Class using materials developed by Cathy LaFrombois, and under her supervision.  She loves working with young students, and as our most senior Troubadour (11 years!), looks forward to sharing her passion for music making.