Struggling To Learn the Tin Whistle?

Learn from an instructor who has been teaching online for nearly 20 years.


Anyone can learn the tin whistle with the right teacher.

Everything you need to learn the tin whistle in one place.

  • Step by Step Video Lessons.
  • Interactive Tunes and Exercises.
  • Tuning and Maintenance Videos.
  • 1-on-1 Coaching.
  • Track your Progress.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Email support for any question.

Yes, It Really Is Possible!

With the Tin Whistle Academy, you’ll learn how to finally play the tin whistle.

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In The Next Year, You Could Be…

  • Playing the tin whistle for friends and family.
  • Playing your favorite songs and tunes on the tin whistle.
  • Playing at your local Irish music session.

The right learning environment moves can make all the difference. We’ll cover it all in the Tin Whistle Academy.


The Tin Whistle Academy

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Are You Ready To Finally Learn the Tin Whistle?

In this course we will teach you everything you need to know to learn the tin whistle. You’ll learn how to:

  • Play all the notes and embellishments needed to play the tin whistle.
  • Properly tune and maintain a tin whistle.
  • 20+ tunes.

With a simple shift in your mindset and a better practice routine, you could become the whistle player you have always wanted to.

What's Included In The Tin Whistle Academy...

The lessons are in video format, and they come with interactive sheet music. This combination creates an optimal learning experience for the user.

Holding and Blowing the Tin Whistle

The first thing we have to learn is how to hold and blow the whistle. In these lessons, you’ll learn:

  • How to properly hold the tin whistle
  • How to properly blow the tin whistle
  • How to control your breath
  • How to achieve good tone
  • How to do tonguing correctly

Tin Whistle Music Theory


Before we start learning the whistle there is a little music theory we must learn first. In these lessons, you’ll learn:

  • Music terminology
  • Time signatures and note values
  • Dots, cuts and tied notes

The Tin Whistle Notes

Once you have learned a little about the whistle, it will be time to learn the notes. In these lessons, you’ll learn:

  • Bottom hand notes: D-E-F#-G
  • Top hand notes: A-B-C-C#-D
  • Second octaves notes: E-F#-G-A-B


Beginner Tin Whistle Embellishments 

The initial embellishments you learn on the tin whistle will set you up to play all the others, here you’ll learn:

  • Taps
  • Cuts
  • Ascending cuts
  • Descending cuts

Advanced Tin Whistle Embellishments

We will delve deeper into the world of embellishments and discover some of the finest ones. Here you’ll learn:

  • Long jig rolls
  • Short reel rolls
  • Triplets
  • Crans
  • Bounces
  • and more...

Tin Whistle Tuning and Maintenance

In this section, we will study the proper and most effective way to maintain and tune the tin whistle. You' ll learn:

  • How to tune your tin whistle
  • How to clean your tin whistle


20+ Tin Whistle Tunes

I teach each tune in a video phrase by phrase slowly while talking about the important nuances and strategies to effectively play each tune. All tunes and exercises come with interactive sheet music where you can control the tempo and section you wish to work on. You' ll learn:

  • Songs
  • Polkas
  • Jigs
  • Reels
  • Hornpipes
  • Slow airs

1-on-1 Tin Whistle Coaching

A few private lessons can go along way. You receive individualized attention so we can concentrate on what you need and want to work on. Whether it's a specific tune or embellishment, 1-on-1 lessons will greatly improve your playing. Available for all Tin Whistle Academy members.

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The Tin Whistle Academy Is For You If...

  • You don't have the time to drive to lessons.
  • You don't live by an experienced instructor.
  • You enjoy learning at your own pace.
  • Private lessons are not within your budget.
  • You wish to learn from Peter Purvis from Gaelic Strom.

"have used a lot of websites for learning tin whistle online and Pete's website is so easy to use. Everything is laid out so well and I defiantly think I'm making more progress then ever before."

- Alex Horton

"I'm really enjoying the tune section. The video coupled with  sheet music down below really works great for breaking the tune down into manageable bits."

- Tim MacIssac


"I'm a member of The Tin Whistle Academy and I also receive private lessons once a month.Really loving it and how patient Pete has been with me...haha."

- Liz Castelo

Peter Purvis

 I grew up in the small village of Merrickville, located in the Ottawa Valley, Canada -- An area famous for its fiddle players, step dancing and maple syrup.

I began playing the Highland pipes at the age of 12 and began playing the Uilleann pipes and Irish whistle at the age of 16. Growing up, I had great opportunities to play with some of Canada's finest pipe bands and receive lessons from some of the best-known pipers in the world. It was these lessons from elite pipers at a very young age that helped to mold me into the player I am today.

have an accomplished solo career, winning several championship supreme titles in North America as well as gold medals in both light music and Piobaireachd at the North American championships. My solo career took me to Gr. 1 before taking a leave from competitions to play with the internationally touring band, Gaelic Storm.

I have been a part of the band Gaelic Storm since 2004.  I have recorded 2 DVDs and 11 albums with the band, 8 of which were #1 in World music on the Billboard charts. Gaelic Storm has earned a reputation as one of the world-music scene’s preeminent Celtic bands. The group’s ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into their sound affords them rare crossover appeal. 

When I'm not on the road with the band, I teach the highland pipes, uilleann pipes and tin whistle online and out of my home in Chicago. I'm also a registered piano technician "Piano Tuner" in Chicago. When I'm not busy touring, teaching or tuning you can find me running marathons or spending time with my wonderful wife and 2 kids.

"I went to a Gaelic Storm concert and was instantly drawn to the whistle. Pete told me he could teach me to play if I wanted and I bought a tin whistle the next day. I have had several lessons with Pete and can now play a couple songs, love being able to learn from Pete"

- Wendy Quinn

"Pete is a great teacher. He teaches our young daughter online and she is now playing a lot of her favorite songs. His lessons are worth every penny and my daughter loves him, she calls him "My Pete" I love how well everything is played out. It makes it very simple."

- Andrea Dowdall

"Pete's classes helped me build confidence in my whistle playing. Everything is broken down so slowly and you get go at your own pace. It's been great for me because playing music doesn't come very naturally, can't recommend enough."

- Jamie Thompson



  • Access to 15+hrs. of HD video lessons.
  • Ability to track progress.
  • 20+ interactive and printable tunes.
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
  • Available on Computer, Tablet or Phone.
  • Email Support.

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  • Access to 15+hrs. of HD video lessons.
  • Ability to track progress.
  • 20+ interactive and printable tunes.
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
  • Available on Computer, Tablet or Phone.
  • Email Support.
  • 40 Essentials Tune Book



  • Access to 15+hrs. of HD video lessons.
  • Ability to track progress.
  • 20+ interactive and printable tunes.
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
  • Available on Computer, Tablet or Phone.
  • Email Support.
  • 40 Essentials Tune Book