Tin Whistle

Learn a new instrument together!

Tin whistles are a great starter instrument – they’re small and light enough for little hands, inexpensive (about £6 for a standard beginner model), available in all sorts of fun colours and give quick results. The musical and physical skills children learn on a ukulele can be transferred to other instruments later on too.

Alison offers whistle lessons to whole classes and small groups in Bristol schools. The focus in the lessons is having fun playing music as an ensemble, with playing skills and musical knowledge taught along the way! Students work on performance skills from the start, and will have many opportunities to create new songs using their own ideas.

Skills developed: listening skills, musical knowledge and understanding, creativity, rhythm, pitch, coordination, teamwork, performing/public speaking

Alison can provide whistles and other musical resources, but the use of a projector or electronic whiteboard would be useful.

Alison has twelve years of experience as an instrumental teacher, band leader and workshop tutor, working with all ages and abilities. She has an up-to-date enhanced DBS check and can provide a CV and references on request.

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Folk Band

Gallery towerseyWorking with traditional tunes as a starting point, these workshops give students the opportunity to learn and create new repertoire. The usual format is: learn a traditional folk tune (or two, or more!), experiment with arrangement ideas, and decide on a funky arrangement to perform.

Band workshops with Alison always give participants the opportunity to develop their aural and performance skills, whether using sheet music or playing by ear. They can be organised for all ages and abilities, although it is expected that all participants can already play simple pieces on their instrument.



Age group: KS2, KS3, KS4+

Length: All day, half day or one hour sessions – one off or a series

Skills developed: aural, composition, teamwork, performance, creativity, knowledge of traditional music

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