Atlanta Music Workshop and Registration

How to Play Pennywhistle in 2 hours and Teach Your Child

Saturday April 16, 2016

Music Instructor, Jodie Mesler will teach you how to play the pennywhistle so you can teach your child using pentatonic songs, singing, rhythm, games and improvisation. Her approach is refreshing and different from the academic way most of us learned music and you will be given great ideas along with specialized techniques for pennywhistle that will give you great confidence. This class is for all, even those with little or no musical education.

How to Create a Perfect Music Plan for Your Family 

The program is Waldorf-inspired, nature based, as each lesson follows the seasons in GA as I am a mom from GA. The children imitates stormy wind sounds, autumn wind sounds, bird calls; they learn that the note b is a bird that sits on a bird nest, (the first hole). And during March and April they learn a song for "March winds and April showers, Bring forth May Flowers." And in April and May they learn "Blow, breezes, blow! Flow, Rivers, flow! Shine, sun, shine! And grow, flowers, grow!!!" It is for the young child in Kindy. It is super fun and easy, learning only 3 notes the first year and then the 2nd year the pentatonic notes. I can teach you, the moms, how to play the pennywhistle in this 2 hour class.

WALDORF KINDY- Discover your singing voice and it’s value to your child’s music education.

GRADES 1 and 2- Learn how to play, even create your own music, on the recorder with several songs to take to your family in the most easy way.

GRADES 3 and 4- Learn how to play the pentatonic notes and the diatonic notes on the recorder so you can learn many songs to teach your child. 


Register Now, Choose Option

Music workshop includes:
- two hour class with Jodie Mesler
- 2 pennywhistles
Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum Volume 1 ebooks and video tutorials. 

The class is $100. 
Order extra pennywhistles at a discounted price of $10, by choosing the drop down selection which includes the price of the workshop plus the extra pennywhistle.

Once your register, you will be given the name and address of our host, a Waldorf Educator's home near Buford, GA.
You will receive the ebook and tutorials.
You will also be given more information.
You will receive the pennywhistles the day of the class.

Living Music From the Heart Volume 1

This Music Curriculum is for all parents, even those who have little or no musical experience, who want to teach music in a creative and natural way that is pleasing for every one.

Based on Rudolf Steiner's philosophy on how to teach children music.

This Music Curriculum is designed for children at age 6, homeschoolers. It is very similar to the way children learn at Waldorf Schools, using many of the same methods.

Parents, not only will you LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE PENNYWHISTLE, but you will learn how to teach your young child a well rounded music experience.

*Learn to play the pennywhistle
*Learn rhythm through familiar rhymes that we all know such as Mother Goose Rhymes
*Learn rhythm through hand claps like Miss Mary Mack
*Learn through music games such as hot beans and melted butter, please my master come to supper and Listen and Freeze
*use movement songs and games in your circle time
*learn to sing new songs
*integrate lessons with your main lessons and festivals
*Learn how to write your own songs with only a few notes all you need is a mood and a rhythm
*Learn through play, imagination and story telling

Parents, NO need to learn how to read music, just simply WATCH, LISTEN, and PLAY.

EASY, EASY, EASY! The song selections are all familiar to you so you can play them easily, the songs are Mother Goose Rhymes rewritten in the MOOD OF THE FIFTH
STEP ONE say the rhyme
STEP TWO play the notes for the rhyme
STEP THREE sing the rhyme
STEP FOUR play the rhyme with your child as your child follow along with his pennywhistle on only one note, a very cute duet and pleasing to the child, then you both sing it.

Video Tutorial Lesson 1


Living Music From the Heart Volume 1 
by Jodie Mesler  INCLUDES:

7 Teacher Lesson Video Tutorials
Parent learns how to play the pennywhistle in 7 videos
20 Video Tutorials 
Learn how to teach your child 20 lessons that follow all 4 seasons (see video of Lesson 1)
27 Lessons Ebook 
-7 Teacher Lessons 
-20 Lessons to Teach Your Child (see Lesson 1)
Articles include:
- Your Singing Voice
- Understanding the Lesson Format for the Six-Year-Old Child in Waldorf Kindy
- Before Beginning Lessons with Your Child
- Understanding the Importance of the Pentatonic Scale (read it here, a sneak peak)

$30 Living Music From the Heart Volume 1 ebook and tutorials

CHOOSING AN INSTRUMENT- Penny whistle, pentatonic flute, or soprano recorder?

In Living Music From the Heart, the lessons are demonstrated using the penny whistle. Alternatively, you can use the pentatonic flute or the soprano recorder. You, the teacher, will learn five notes, the pentatonic notes D, E, G, A, B. As a 6-year-old, he will simply three notes B, A, G, but in Volume 2, as a 7 to 9-year-old, he will learn all the pentatonic notes.  For those of us who use the Waldorf approach, Rudolf Steiner says that young children should us a “blowing instrument”-not recorder, not wood- just blowing. He insures that the blowing instrument will develop strong lungs, in which are still developing in young children. And lastly,  he states using a blowing instrument has a natural and strong connection to the soul, a pure connection to Source, as the child makes music with the breath.

        As a flutist of more than 20 years, my favorite “blowing instrument” is the traditional penny whistle.  “Children's songs must make pretty and rhythmical impressions on the senses.  The beauty of sound is of greater value than the meaning,” states Steiner, The Education of the Child lecture. Thus the pennywhistle has the best tone, in my opinion, compared to the pentatonic flute and soprano recorder, it is not too high and not too shrill, but it is beautiful, woody and breathy. 

             It is very easy to play and that is why the penny whistle makes a great starter instrument, at a very affordable price, $15.  It is also called a tin whistle and it is classified in the recorder family.  It only has six holes compared to the many holes on the recorder.  The fingerings easily match those of the flute, clarinet, saxophone, and recorder.  It blends well in tune with the flute, fiddle, guitar, banjo or percussion. The penny whistle’s unique tone has its own personality, and later on, you will find many opportunities to play the penny whistle, adding to your celebrations of the seasons, holidays, and festivals. If you become an advanced player you will find great joy in Irish music, early American music, Scottish and English.

            There are many different types of penny whistles, most having plastic mouthpieces and in many different keys.  The one that I recommend is the traditional penny whistle in the key of D, which has a wooden fipple plug mouthpiece which gives it a warm wooden sound blended with the tin material.   As you complete Living Music from the Heart, you will be amazed with how strong you can build your lungs.  This unique mouthpiece really sets it apart from all the rest, even the recorders.  At the tender ages of 8 through 14, the lungs and heart area are being developed and the child playing on a traditional penny whistle will really benefit. 

fipple plug

            I use Clarke pennywhistle whistle in D, made in England, the long lasting original hand crafted of wood ad tin, with the wooden fipple plug mouth piece, painted black.

 I also use the Tin Penny Whistle by the Cooperman Company made in America hand crafted of natural tin and wood. 

              Let’s take a look at the wooden and plastic recorders, including the pentatonic flute. They are used in Waldorf Schools because they have been around for centuries. Waldorf schools started in Germany, and it reflects German culture. Penny whistle was created in the 1800s and has rich history in Ireland, England and America. Just because Waldorf Schools use the recorder, doesn’t mean we have to use them.  The recorders are very high pitched, one octave higher than the written music notes, meaning when you sing the tone, it is so high that you have to sing it an octave lower-hence “soprano recorder.” I have trouble matching pitch while I sing. I struggle when it comes to matching pitch and playing penny whistle gives me more confidence as a singer. The cost of a wooden recorder is around $100 each. This price often has people deciding to buy plastic ones. In that route, plastic has an unnatural feel and a plasicky unpleasing tone. If you do choose the plastic recorder, please spend a bit more money on a higher end recorder. I recommend the plastic one in the photo, Yamaha YRS-314B Soprano Recorder, which is around $30.
Yamaha YRS-314B
Choroi Pentatonic Recorder

          You can use the pentatonic flute or  soprano recorder along with this method, but you need to fully understand how to finger the notes. I did make a video tutorial for how to finger and play all the notes for the Choroi pentatonic recorder:

You may find other helpful videos online that teach you how to finger the soprano recorder.

          On the recorders, there are more holes to cover, although the notes are the same, a B is a B on all three recorder instruments- pennywhistle, soprano recorder and pentatonic flute. The only difference is that the recorder and pentatonic flute notes are an octave higher, meaning they will have a very high pitch.  

  Hear and see the differences, “Penny Whistle, Soprano Recorder, or Pentatonic Recorder?” Watch the video:   


          So, to sum it up, now you know why, and from my experience as a flute player, I choose penny whistle. For the nine reasons: it is easy,  it’s made of natural materials-not plastic, it has great tone, it matches our our vocal range, it’s affordable, it’s rich in English culture connecting us with our heritage, it has great health benefits for strong growing lungs, it has a complete 2 octave range, and it is easy to move into other instruments for the later grades, like the flute.

Living Music From the Heart Volume 2

BEGINNER PROGRAM, yes, you can skip Volume 1 and start on Volume 2 because it starts at the beginning and has triple the amount of Volume 1.

WONDERFUL MUSIC PROGRAM Volume 2 is for all parents, even those who have little or no musical experience, who want to teach music in a creative and natural way that is pleasing for every one.

No need to learn how to read music, just simply WATCH, LISTEN, and PLAY.

For Waldorf-inspired parents to teach their children IN THE GRADES, with so much more music!!!


Don't be SURPRISED if in the end you can read music, because one parent claims she could read music using this program. There is a answer sheet that follows every lesson with the notes written out, she could compare notation to the answer sheet, as she taught herself using this comparison, and so can you! (check out samples below)


*Becoming really good at the pennywhistle.

*GAMES play fun music games like Blow Dragon Blow.

*LEARNING SCALES in a storytelling way, plus learning them by playing games.

*ALL RHYTHM lessons follow Living Music From the Heart Volume 1, therefore this enhances you, the teacher, and the child from one year ago, really gaining more confidence as a player.

*LESSONS follow the seasons, so you can integrate them into your mainlesson and festivals.

*LESSON SONGS include new techniques, such as slurring, tonguing, rhythm styles, etc.

*FOLK SONGS sing and play great pentatonic songs (five note melodies) like Shortnin' Bread, Ducks in the Millpond, Goodbye Old Paint, Farmer In the Dell, Hush Little Baby, There Was a Man and He Was Mad, Little Liza Jane, Mary Had a Baby, Run Chillin' Run, Bought Me a Cat, and many more.

*Last learn IMPROVISATION write your own songs, this is where it gets really fun!!! So many of my students have written great songs, songs that live within them during such precious years of their lives.

*HUGE BOOK 95 pages full of great detail.

*CONTACT Jodie Mesler anytime, if you have any questions, she offers great support.

Living Music From the Heart Volume by Jodie Mesler INCLUDES:

20 Lesson Video Tutorials
Learn how to teach your child by video 20 lessons that follow all 4 seasons
20 Lessons Ebook
95 page book with full detail and music notation

My Fingers Are Dancing
Jack Be Nimble
Like the Turtle
Hush Little Baby
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Inch Worm
Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate
Little Miss Muffet
Old MacDonald
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Tick Tock, Hear the Clock
There Was a Man and He Was Mad
Jack Sprat
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Star Light, Star Bright
A Song From My Heart
Mary Had a Baby
Little Jack Horner
Turn Into Light
Morning Song
Polly Put the Kettle On
Whisper Then Shout
Shortnin’ Bread
Little Poll Parrot
Jogging With My Doggy
Did You Go to the Barney?
Georgie Porgie
Clap With Me
Little Liza Jane
Little Robin Redbreast
Swing Your Partner
A Frog Went A-Courtin’
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
In the Springtime
Humpty Dumpty
Hot Cross Buns
Johnny Get Your Haircut
March Winds
The Tooth Fairy
Ducks in the Mill Pond
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
The Dance
Bought Me a Cat
Little Tommy Tittlemouse
Willow Tree
Run, Chillen, Run
High Diddle, Diddle
Goodbye Old Paint
Hickory Dickory Dock
Fresh Tomatoes
The Farmer in the Dell
A Wise Old Owl
We Are One Big Family
The Crawdad Song

long tones
pentatonic scale D, E, G, A, B, D', E', G'
high to low
low to high
building a repertoire
long tones and short tones and rests
measuring tones
tempos; slow, moderate, fast
soft and loud
swinging tempos

Blow Dragon Blow to strengthen lungs and build strong long tones
Call & Response to fine tune rhythms and techniques
Fix Your Leaky Tire to work on proper hand position
High to Low or Low to High? learning how to hear the differences in tones
Blowing Up Balloons to strengthen lungs and build strong long tones
The Stopwatch Challenge to strengthen lungs and build strong long tones

The difference between Vol 1 &2:
 -Vol 1. is for the Waldorf Kindy, imitation/HANDS stage of development
-Vol. 2 is for the Waldorf Grades, feeling/HEART stage of development

Yes, Begin here if you like because volume 2 is a beginner method with all the tools you need to get started! But, it is built on Volume 1 and reinforces the child's foundation.

Can the wooden pentatonic or diatonic recorder be substituted with this method? Yes, simply play the same notes D, E, G, A, B.  They are the same tone as penny whistle. Watch my video on How to play and finger the Choroi Pentatonic Flute, for a free tutorial.

LESSON 1 Answer Sheet / LESSON 1 Musical notation

LESSON 18 Answer Sheet 

LESSON 18 Musical Notation

$55 Living Music From the Heart Volume 2 ebook and tutorials