Whistle Workshop 202

Instructor Information


Mark A. Wade, DMA


See my contact page.

Class Meeting Times
and Location

  • Online via Zoom
  • Thursdays - October 21, 28; November 4, 11, and 18
  • 7:30PM to 8:45 PM Eastern

Course Level


Required Materials

  • D whistle or Low D Whistle. (Tunable preferred, like a Susato. I am a dealer if you would like to upgrade.)
  • Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox - book with online audio.
    • Note: please order through my site. I will match or beat other prices and we all can save on shipping if I place a large group order.
    • Warning: do NOT order from Amazon as they shrink the books down to fit on an 8.5" by 11." Additionally, buying from me, a Mel Bay vendor, will guarantee the author is paid more for his work. The same is true for my Mel Bay books on Amazon.
    • If you would like the e-Book version of this instead for a tablet, you need to order directly from Mel Bay.
  • Mark will provide additional handouts and materials. (Included in the class tuition)

General Information

Course Description

This is an online class for people who are already familiar with the penny whistle and ready for next steps to improve their playing. In addition to having 3 degrees in music on a wind instrument, the instructor, Mark Alan Wade, has played the pennywhistle since before he could drive a car! He uses his experience as a band director and public-school music educator to get you off to a great start on whistle with fun and easy solutions to the whistle’s tricky techniques. Specifically, in this intermediate class, we will work on the lyrical side of the penny whistle and applying Irish ornamentation that gives whistle playing its characteristic sound. These techniques include things like slides, bends, cuts, taps, and rolls, and how they can be used in slow, lyrical playing. We will apply new concepts to repertoire for practice and you will be making music with these new articulations in no time! The required textbook is by far the best I have ever read or used and is a requirement for this course.


This class meets 5 times for 75 minutes. Your tuition holds your space for all 5 sessions. There is no penalty for missing a session, but no refund will be provided. Mark cannot guarantee a recording for missed classes but will make every attempt to do so. Recordings of the classes will be posted to the class Google Drive folder for your review, along with handouts and supplemental materials.

Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox

Course Schedule

Week Date Topic
1 Thursday, October 21
  • Intro to Vibrato
  • Review Chapter 7: Cuts exercises
    • Applications on slow tunes.
    • Handouts and new repertoire provided
2 Thursday, October 28
  • Vibrato work
  • Review cuts and application repertoire
  • Review Chapter 8: Strikes
    • Applications on slow tunes.
    • Handouts and new repertoire provided
3 Thursday, November 4
  • Review Strikes and Cuts Repertoire, new music.
  • Review Chapter 9: Slides
    • Applications on slow tunes.
    • Handouts and new repertoire provided
4 Thursday, November 11
  • Review Slides, Cuts and Strikes
  • Review Chapter 10: Long rolls
    • Applications on slow tunes.
    • Handouts and new repertoire provided
5 Thursday, November 18
  • Review Cuts, Strikes, Slides and Rolls
  • Chapter 11: Short Rolls
    • Applications on slow tunes.
    • Handouts and new repertoire provided

Course Fee:

A non-refundable $125 registration fee for 5 sessions is required to secure your spot in the class. After you register, Mark will email you instructions within a few days.

Use the following form to pay for your registration online:

Check Out:

You may purchase your registration here or send the amount to the email address on my contact page using friends and family (preferred to avoid processing fees). You are also welcomed to mail your check to the address found on my contact page.


Use my contact page to email me with any questions you might have.