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Whistle while you learn
Helen Arts Center offers music lessons
Gwen Aumann w penny whistle
Gwen Aumann will conduct a series of three classes on the penny whistle at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center beginning Monday, July 30.

Ever wanted to recreate the “Titanic” theme for yourself? Or how about teaching the kids a musical instrument without the major investment of guitars and drums? The penny whistle is the perfect choice.

Musician and teacher Gwen Aumann will help students find a tone, play some notes and learn easy beginning songs on the penny whistle in a three-part lesson starting July 30. Aumann plays a number of instruments from the piano, flute and auto harp to the psaltery and mountain dulcimer.

She has performed with dulcimer groups and uses her penny whistle to delight audiences throughout the area. She is also a member of “SNOrchestra” (Sautee Nacoochee Orchestra) and performed for the recent musical production “Headwaters.” Aumann has taught students of all ages, from 6 to 85, and in the elementary school system for more than 20 years.

An ancient woodwind instrument with a distinctive sound, the penny whistle can play a sprightly dance tune or a haunting melody. Its beginnings trace back to prehistoric times, and it is found in practically every culture worldwide, most notable in the Celtic tradition.

Classes will be held at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center and are limited to eight students. Cost is $30 for all three sessions from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Monday evenings, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13. 

Supplies are an additional $25 and include a penny whistle and handouts. To register contact the Helen Arts & Heritage Center at 706-8778-3933 or visit