Jingle bells, jingle bells
At this time of year, our groups are busy learning seasonal songs, ready for Christmas.¬†In many instances this is will involve¬†a¬†playback in school assembly. Your Harp Academy teacher will have notified you if¬†this is the case, but you can also check the¬†Performances page under My School above. We encourage Harp Academy parents to attend children’s playbacks, but please do be aware that¬†some schools have restrictions. Where this is applicable, it¬†has been noted on our Performances page.
Jingle all the way!
To assist children with practising at home, our more popular offerings are available in the Christmas category of each Music Library under the Key Stage menus above. Some examples are Little Donkey, Jingle Bells, Sm√• Grodorna, Somewhere Only We Know and O Holy Night.¬†We¬†would encourage children to make use of these as a support to classroom learning. They are fun to use and are packed with extra educational information.
Recommend a friend and receive 2 lessons free!
Children often enjoy activities more when¬†their best friends are involved. This includes making music on the harmonica. If you know¬†someone who may be interested¬†in joining Harp Academy, ask them to contact us,¬†mentioning your name.¬†Your friend¬†can try a one-off¬†taster session¬†for ¬£6.99¬†(or sign up in full and have their first lesson free). As an alternative, if your friend already has a diatonic harmonica in C Major, they could bring this to their taster session and the lesson will be completely free.
¬†If¬†your¬†friend enjoys their taster and decides to join Harp Academy for a term or more (1 taster session and 9 further lessons), we will credit you¬†two free lessons.¬†You can recommend as many friends as you like.
Harp Academy Teaching Dates
Our Autumn harmonica lessons take a brief break now for two weeks. Before half term it is our planning week. Some staff members are also engaged in tour commitments. During the holiday our focus is trained on junior entries for the UK’s National Harmonica Festival in Bristol. We’ll let you know how this year’s players get on and we’ll see you all back in the classroom in time for fireworks night! If you have missed recent email reminders about our teaching dates,¬†please check our information is reaching you – it may be sitting patiently in a spam folder.
Teaching dates can always be found¬†under My School in the menu bar above. It’s a good idea to check these regularly. To recap, please note that we have staggered October lesson dates to facilitate planning and touring commitments, as well as the UK’s annual harmonica festival. With half term falling at the end of the month, most schools will have two harmonica lessons in October. The total termly schedule of 10 sessions remains unaffected.
Got me lookin’ so crazy right now
Time to use your harmonica like a horn player! And here’s a great place to start. Crazy In Love was written by Beyonc√© and¬†Jay-Z. The song is a mixture of hip-hop, funk and jazz styles, but for us the crucial part is the line played by the brass section.¬†The line we’re interested in was borrowed from a 1970 song by the Chi-Lites called Are You My Woman (Tell Me So). Everyone recognises it, which is why¬†we call¬†it a head. You can check it out here.
There are just two patterns to master, so grab your C harmonica and let’s nail this thing…
Dear Harp Academy,¬†
My son enjoyed his taster session and would really like to carry on with the Harmonica. Could you please enrol him and we will set up the standing order?¬†Also, as a keen musician, I would like to add how pleased I am that he has taken an interest in a musical instrument;¬†I love the way the songs/scales are tabbed… so simple for kids to interpret, they get results fast which in turn gives them such a¬†sense of achievement and encourages them to continue. Hats off to you!¬†Many thanks and keep up the good work.¬†Hayley (Balfour Juniors).
PayPal is here!
We are very pleased to advise our subscribers that Harp Academy can now take card payments for lessons and equipment over the phone. You can also place your orders and make online payments at any time via our website store. We can even invoice you if you prefer – all you need to do is click¬†the link in our invoice email and this will take you direct to PayPal, where you can action your payment in seconds. Once payment is received, we will forward you goods and on line receipt.¬†What is PayPal?
Access all areas
For our paid-up Harp Academy students and parents, we provide a subscriber username and password that gives access to all our useful and fun information. Much of this supports our classroom learning and it provides a very effective resource for home study and practise. If you have lost your subscriber log in, or have only just joined Harp Academy, send us an email mentioning your child’s name and school, and we will forward you our special username and password.¬†To log in, click Subscriber Log In¬†in the top corner of the screen, to the right of our logo, enter the subscriber code words and enjoy your VIP backstage pass!
Let the tooting commence
We hope you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing summer break. We’re now preparing for the new academic year and a new season of music making. We look forward to seeing everyone very soon and would welcome your help with registering for the autumn term as soon as possible. Further details are below.
Whether you settle by monthly Standing Order or Termly Payment in advance, if you’d like to continue lessons this autumn please ensure that you transfer or send your fees as soon as possible. We would ask you to adjust your payments to accommodate the small increase in rates for the new academic year – our first increase in five years. Monthly Standing Order instalments are now ¬£16.75 and Termly Payment transfers are now ¬£67.00. Full details on how to pay are¬†here. Continue reading
From our testimonial page..
My daughter¬†had a terrible night with a cold and she only went to school due to her harmonica lesson today! She¬†had her first session with Will last week and she is really enjoying her introduction to using a harmonica.¬†We have practised her homework for this week, which was Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and logged onto the website to¬†listen to the C Scale notes.¬†I have been practising¬†too; what an enjoyable hobby¬†this is!
After spending all day working on a computer and talking to people, it has been a most relaxing experience –¬†so much so, I’m going to get a harmonica myself.¬†I would encourage people of all ages to give this hobby a try. It’s most enjoyable to hear a tune that you can smile about. I’m trying When The Saints Go Marching In!¬† Richard¬†was most helpful in discussing the various payment options and¬†details of my daughter’s¬†taster session. He’s a most accommodating person who certainly has the people skills to manage anyone’s expectations.¬†A superb start to a fascinating musical instrument.
How I wonder where you are
Here’s the first tune we love to play on the harmonica. We’re sure you will recognise it!
It’s a great way for learning your first movements around the harmonica, how to play single and repeated notes and how to control your breath. Let’s see how it’s done. Continue reading