Tin Whistles need sleeping bags (oh, yes, they do!)

4 Oct


Dear Wise, Experienced, Seasoned Tutor,

You may not have known it, wise, experienced, seasoned Tutor, but I was a first year Tutor attending Tutor Training last year. I had only signed up for Classical Conversations two weeks prior, and found myself in the role of Tutor as well. Most of my memories from year #1 Tutor Training consisted of feelings of panic, asking myself, “What am I doing?”, and resisting the urge to breathe into a brown paper sack due to hyperventilation. However, wise, experienced, seasoned Tutor, you made one suggestion that stuck in my over-stimulated, drinking-from-a-fire-hydrant-information-overloaded brain—sleeping bags for Tin Whistles.

You suggested that we make these for the children in our class to help prevent random, impulsive, impromptu Tin Whistle concerts. I yielded to your wisdom and made 8 sleeping bags for my Abecedarians last year, and the words that you spoke were truth. These handmade, vintage, biodegradable, construction paper-based sleeping bags did exactly as you said. They aided my Abecedarians in resisting the urge to perform symphonic sonatas and harmonious melodic tunes until the appropriate time in class.

I do not know your name wise, experienced, seasoned Tutor. If I did I would search for you on Facebook to the ends of the earth to find you and give you my most sincerest thanks. (My ears would oblige, as well.)

With deepest gratitude,
Suzanne Shares

P.S. I don’t remember your mentioning, Wise, Seasoned, Experienced Tutor, that parents should label their children’s Tin Whistles with a Sharpie. I am sure that was an oversight on your part. I know that preventing the spread of germs, strep throat and various and sundry fall and winter illnesses would be of utmost concern for you. Again, my utmost thanks for your inspiration.


DIY Tin Whistle sleeping bag–Fold one sheet of construction paper “hot dog” style. Apply glue on the long side (opposite the fold) and on one of the short sides. Press together. Leave the other short side unglued in order to insert the Tin Whistle for his nap time. Add your child’s name and reuse for 6 weeks.image


10 Responses to “Tin Whistles need sleeping bags (oh, yes, they do!)”

  1. Melody October 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    LOVE this idea! I’m totally making some sleeping bags this weekend for my class. Oh, thank you, Wise, Experienced, Tutor, Suzanne! 🙂

    • Suzanne Shares October 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      YAY! so glad you’re making them for your class! they will love them!!! 🙂 🙂 i’m shakin’ in my shoes if you’re calling me a wise, experienced, tutor! how’s tutoring going for you?!?!?

  2. Brandy October 5, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    The first time I heard about these, it was from wise, experienced, and talented tutor Mary Bryant, who, by the way, makes some of the most awesome songs. One of our favorites that makes us giggle over and over again is Elvis the Element Presley. lol! And… she also has some pronoun songs that helped our children tremendously with possessive pronouns vs possessive adjectives. I’m sure you’ve heard them, but just wanted to let you know that Mary is where many of the ideas for Music Theory have stemmed! Thank you for posting this one! I’ll pin it and fb it! 🙂

  3. marykprather October 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Love this! Just shared it with our tutor — I used to teach elem. music and we had much trouble with recorder symphonies being played spontaneously. Wish I would have thought of some sleeping bags at that time! 🙂

    • Suzanne Shares October 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Thanks for commenting, Mary! 🙂 I hope these will prevent spontaneous tin whistle concerts for your child’s class! 🙂 Enjoy the Tin Whistle!!! 🙂

  4. Susan October 11, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Thanks! This tutor, and tooter tutor, appreciates the easy sleeping bags! They will be a hit! 😀

    • Suzanne Shares October 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      YAY! I’m so glad to know these are helpful!!! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!!

  5. Erin October 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    I’m going to make these for my 8 Apprentices for class on Wednesday. I know we’ll need them!! Thanks!

    • Suzanne Shares October 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      YAY!!! I hope they’re helpful and a HIT with the kiddos!!! 🙂 🙂


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