The Questions People Ask a Whistlemaker
Misha Somerville answers questions often asked about an unusual and incredible profession.
Some skills can only be properly developed early in life. Anyone who learns a language, a sport or how to play a musical instrument as a child benefits immeasurably from it throughout their whole lives. But many children have been put off when presented with things with too many formalities, rules and constraints.
Music has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, relive stress, accelerate brain development, increase a sense of belonging, happiness and help foster friendships throughout life. All ages benefit but many of the biggest benefits come with children below the age of 7 when the human brain is at its most plastic.
The mk Midgie is a small-hand sized, affordable, capable, colourful, portable, robust, humble and fun musical instrument. A modern version of the age-old and time-tested tin whistle, it is a serious instrument in its own right, capable of exquisite music way beyond its price tag.
It is the perfect introduction to music, working at an elemental level to turn breath to sound and harness imagination, creativity, identity and a sense of belonging.
Check out this short video about the benefits of playing a musical instrument.
Given recent times and in today’s digital world, maintaining children's health is perhaps more important than ever. Engaging in the creation of music combines all of the things which have become scarce supply - aiding focus, discipline and teaching tolerance of failure early on as a means to mastery. Perhaps most importantly and pertinently is its effect in reducing anxiety - a huge issue facing the young people of today.
The whistle is an simple, humble and robust musical instrument ! It is also affordable and extremely portable and can fit inside any school bag! Although it is a capable musical instrument which takes years to master, its simplicity means it is soon very rewarding and fun play.
Playing whistle is free from rules and constraints. The beauty is how playing whistle has remained free from rules - technique has not been 'formalised' like on some musical instruments and there aren't any associations or governing bodies deciding how things should be done 'properly'. This is perhaps why in many places it is one of the strongest bearers of authentic local culture.