Current Teaching Rates (January 2024)

Lessons for all instruments are offered in slots of 1 hour or 30 minutes in Settle, North Yorkshire, and via Skype and other online platforms.

Regular lessons: One hour – £35, Half hour – £25

‘Casual’/one-off lesson rate – One hour – £40, Half Hour £28

Discounts for multi-instrument or extended lessons available. All lessons are strictly by appointment only, please contact to discuss your requirements. DBS cleared and insured – certificate available on request.

Cancellation Fees:

Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice – full fee payable**.

**Exceptions for sudden illness and covid isolation requirements, please contact me for details. We regret we are unable to offer cash refunds.

Learning the Tin Whistle

The tin whistle is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get started playing traditional folk music. It is lightweight, portable, easy to play and get hold of as well as being available in many different keys. Learning the whistle can be a stepping stone to other instruments such as the Flute or Uilleann pipes. Lessons with Becky will help get you off to the right start aiming to get you started on your first tune at the first lesson.

Lessons are offered at the following stages of whistle playing:

  • Complete Beginner
  • Intermediate/Improvers
  • Advanced

Beginners lessons focus on establishing the basics of good whistle technique:-

  • Essential techniques to get you started.
  • Basic fingering.
  • Venturing into the upper octave.
  • Breathing and tuning.
  • Posture and hand positioning.
  • Dealing with squeaks and leaks!
  • Your first tune.
  • Introduction to Ornamentation – the basics.
  • Irish traditional tune types and styles.

This will help you make quick progress and establish a solid basis when you move ahead to Intermediate/Improvers and Advanced levels:

  • Increasing Repertoire (more tunes!)
  • Tips and tricks.
  • More complex ornamentation types (‘rolls’, ‘crans’, triplets and more!)
  • Developing your style.
  • Playing with others and in sessions.
  • How to ‘practise’ and improve your playing.
  • Preparing for performance.
  • Moving on to other instruments

Contact or here for further details and to arrange your lesson