Thank you to everyone who entered our KS1 Jake and the Never Land Pirates competition.
To win a copy of the¬†lost harmonica sticker book, we asked you to send us a picture of you dressed up as a pirate, playing your harmonica. We also asked you to name of the Never Land Pirates’ parrot friend.
The correct answer was Skully the parrot – you can see him in the picture next to Cubby. It was great fun seeing your photo¬†entries too. Our¬†competition winners and pictures are on the next page… Continue reading →
2013¬†marked Josh’s hat trick in the Junior Section of the annual National Harmonica Festival.¬†At 11 years old, and now attending the Forest School in Horsham, Josh played Double Crossed and Blue by Steve Baker, a particularly tough minor blues, which many grown ups find is a¬†difficult nut to crack. Using his 10 hole Hohner Crossover harp, Josh worked his change of¬†musical direction to perfection, taking first place in the Junior Rock and Blues section. Here he is on stage in Bristol.
Down the road someone is practising scales, The notes like little fishes vanish with a wink of their tailsLouis MacNeice
Children joining Harp Academy receive a Tuff zip¬†bag for their equipment, which includes a¬†Music Diary and Music Book. Once early key skills are mastered however, and the first music book is finished, we¬†move on to sheet music and harp tabs.¬†Harp tabs are usually issued by our teachers, but they can¬†also be downloaded and printed off at home using the link¬†on each of our¬†Music Library pages.¬†This system affords our teachers¬†the flexibility they need to¬†inspire each group, and freedom to choose fun, topical items for seasonal performances.
It can¬†also mean that as term progresses,¬†children build up¬†a collection of musical paperwork. With this in mind, we would ask parents to help our harmonauts¬†assemble their paperwork in a simple folder; one that will slip readily into their Tuff zip bag.¬†A clear-pocket folder is the simplest solution. This will help¬†us dedicate more time to music-making,¬†and spend less time paper-chasing.
As¬†children move through the key stages, old¬†papers can be kept at home and replaced with¬†current material.¬†Sheet music and¬†harmonica tabs will inevitably remain part of the way we operate.¬†So, on behalf of your Harp Academy teacher, thank you for helping us¬†maximise¬†children’s music-making time!
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”¬†asked Alice.¬†“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”,¬†replied the Cheshire Cat.¬†Lewis Carroll
New Subscriber Log In
We have finally introduced a subscriber log in. This is to protect all the good stuff¬†for you, our regular, paid-up,¬†harmonauts and parents. Which will explain why certain pages¬†have suddenly become restricted. Continue reading →
We are¬†delighted to announce the result of our summer holiday harmonica competition. We had some lovely entries and our thanks go to everyone who took the trouble to send in their photos.¬†With a chance to win a fabulous new Hohner Crossover harp in C Major, here are the results…
Let the tooting commence!
Whether you settle by monthly Standing Order or termly in advance,¬†a reminder to all parents that 15th August was¬†our deadline for next term’s payment. If you would like to continue lessons this term, please ensure that you transfer or send your fee payment right away.¬†We have sent emails to all parents confirming next year’s fees and full details of how to pay are on our website here. Continue reading →
We covered the reggae rhythm, or skank, and chorus in parts 1 and 2. Now it's time to check out the lead solo and fills. Decide who would like to play the solo and listen to how Bob Marley sings these lines in the original song. Those who have been playing the chorus can help with the fills. Subscriber username and password required.
We looked at the reggae rhythm, or skank, in part 1. Now it's time to check out the verses, so grab a 4 or 10 hole C major diatonic harmonica and join in. Now we're focussing on the downbeat. Subscriber username and password required.
Here's a fantastic song to play in harmonica groups. One Love/People Get Ready was written by THE great man of music and peace from Jamaica, Bob Marley. Bob Marley's musical style is called reggae. Here in part one, we'll look at the rhythm, or skank, that uses the up-beat to create a relaxing and happy groove. Subscriber username and password required.