POST Health Benefits for the Pennywhistle

Did you know about the health benefits for the penny whistle?

You may notice there many different types of penny whistles, many having a plastic mouthpiece.  The one that I recommend is the traditional penny whistle in the key of D, which does not have a plastic mouthpiece, but a wooden fipple plug mouthpiece which gives it a warm wooden sound blended with the tin material.  With this instrument choice, it requires much breath.  As you complete Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum, you will be amazed with how strong you can build your lungs as you learn how to hold out the notes.  This unique mouthpiece really sets it apart from all the rest, including recorders.  At the tender ages of 8 through 14, the lungs and heart area are being developed; therefore the child playing on a traditional penny whistle will really benefit. 

As home educators, we are building innovators. Why not be rooted in Stiener as he states In, The Kingdom of Childhood lecture, “Each child should learn to play an instrument. As early as possible the children should come to feel what it means for their own musical being to flow over into the objective instrument...If you can, you should choose a wind instrument, as the children will learn most from this and will thereby gradually come to understand music.

He did not particularly say play the wooden recorder, he said choose a wind instrument. We choose penny whistle because with this instrument choice, it requires much breath. As you complete Living Music From the Heart, you will be amazed with how strong you can build your lungs as you learn how to hold out the notes. This unique mouthpiece really sets it apart from all the rest, including recorders. At the tender ages of 8 through 14, the lungs and heart area are being developed; therefore the child playing on a traditional penny whistle will really benefit.

We also love it because of it's rich American, Irish and English heritage, learning the early songs passed down from out ancestors. What a blast!