Subscription Renewals Now Due

Credit Card Lady iSpring Term 2015 – Subcription Renewals Now Due!

Subscription renewals are now due for Spring Term 2015. If you already pay by monthly Standing Order, there is no need to change anything. If you would like to switch to £16.75 monthly instalments, further details can be found in our FAQ menu, How To Pay page. If you prefer to pay £67.00 for the full term, our bank account details are on the same page. As a convenient alternative, you can now visit our Store and pay for lesson by credit or debit card. We also take card payment over the Paypal iiiphone from our office. Teaching dates are published under the My School menu. If you do not wish to continue harmonica lessons, please let us know Рwe can then offer your place to someone else. Have a great Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!

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Christmas Performances

Christmas TreeJingle 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 Harper Christmas and Rudolfpopular offerings are available in the Christmas category of each Music Library under the Key Stage menus above. Some examples are Little Donkey, Jingle Bells, Små 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.

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SPECIAL OFFER – 2 Free Lessons

Special OfferRecommend 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.

Flyer 1 ii 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.

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Harmonica Dates

Calendar iHarp 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.

Sandeep and DelilahTeaching 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.

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Crazy In Love [Sample Lesson]

Disco 9Got 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.

Listen to
There are just two patterns to master, so grab your C harmonica and let’s nail this thing… Continue reading

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Parent Feedback – Newstarter

Blues brother 2 Hats off!

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).

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Secure Payments Over The Phone

Credit Card Lady iPayPal is here!

Paypal iiiWe 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 Рall 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?

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Subscriber Log-In

Backstage PassAccess 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 sGirl and tablet iubscriber 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!

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September is here!

HA Promo 1eLet 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.

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New Rates
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

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Why Play Harmonica?

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 Mother and daughter with tablet 2enjoying 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 Speedy Pink 2Marching 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.

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