"I actually teach young children for a living, and I know exactly what you're feeling with the short attention span, Susie. Since the lesson is only twenty minutes, I say that they have no excuses to lose focus. However, they don't know…"
"Susie, I agree with much of what Bernard and Lars had to say. The Generation High F is a really meat little whistle and would probably fit most tiny hands much better than a high D, as well, the tone holes tend to be a bit smaller aiding in…"
"Yep, attention span factors in. ;) It's only about 15-20 min. per session, but they tune out quickly! Not easy to speed-teach music!
Our program recommends and sells the inexpensive D whistles, but I might suggest this to our…"
"Well, if you can stand the shrillness, maybe a F-whistle would be easier for the kids, finger/stretch-wise? The fingering is the same from soprano G all the way down to the mighty low whistles anyway so it's not like it's a waste of time…"
I have a tutorial group made up of 4- and 5-year-olds this year. One of our fine arts segments involves learning the whistle. (It's also an opportunity to teach them basic music theory.) Our biggest difficulty is that their tiny fingers are so small, and their hand span so short, they can't keep the finger holes covered long enough to play a note. We've practiced B, A, G, and C-sharp a lot. :) We're practicing the first bit of a Christmas song (Jolly Old St. Nicholas), starting on B.…See More
A place to discuss whistles,their makers and performers/performance. Anything whistle related is ok, keep in mind that opinions could vary in the extreme without one being more worth per se than the other, so keep it nice and polite.See More