Spring Competition Result

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We are delighted to announce our Spring competition result. Winning a brand new Hohner Old Standby harmonica in C is Finn von der Linden from Lindfield. Here he is playing his 10 hole Airwave harp to his sister in the bluebell woods.

These are really excellent images and our thanks go to Finn and his grown ups for doing such a great job. Keep an eye out for our next competition, which will be our annual summer holiday ‘harmonica postcard’ competition. We look forward to a new term of top tooting!

Paddle Round The Pier – Sat 1st July 2017

Play harmonica in public and have fun with all the family

Please make a note in your diary for this summer. Harp Academy have once again been invited to play their harmonicas on the Kids’ Stage at the annual Paddle Round The Pier Festival on Hove lawns. The invitation is open to our harmonauts of all ages and ability.

This is an ideal day out for families and a chance for harmonauts to experience playing in public on a big stage. Entry is free and there is heaps of family entertainment to enjoy, from water-born events, to rides, food stands, and the main music stage. If you can’t stay after we’ve played on Saturday, the festival continues on Sunday.

We will assemble at the Peace Statue on Hove lawns at 1.30pm on Saturday 1st July, ready to play on stage for an hour from 2pm to 3pm. Our dress code this year is Hawaiian, so don’t forget to bring your harmonica and grass skirt/surfing shirt. Further details are on our dedicated event page here.

To help us prepare, please register your interest by clicking the golden harmonica and selecting Paddle Round The Pier. You can list the songs you’d like to play, and we’d also like you to learn When The Saints Go Marching In, so you can join in our finalé. It’s in our music libraries and in the Sample Lesson below.

Sample Lesson – The Saints

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It’s time to learn some traditional jazz on the harmonica! Here’s a song that everybody will recognise. It’s called When The Saints Go Marching In. That’s a long name, so we’ll shorten it to The Saints.

Listen to
The Saints started life as an American gospel hymn that was sung quite slowly. Once the Jazz Bands of New Orleans got hold of it though, they really made it swing! (more…)

Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?

Laughing ChildrenHarmonica Lesson Outtakes
Today we were translating the notes from the C major scale into standard notation; dots, lines and spaces. We learned that the notes on our harmonica would be played by the right hand on the piano. Consequently we see this musical symbol at the start of harmonica music. It’s the Treble Clef and it circles the G line.

So what do we call the squiggle on the left of the stave?’ asked the teacher. No reply. ‘Does anybody recognise it from learning another instrument?‘ the teacher prompted. ‘I know, I know‘, said Alfie, ‘it’s called a Treble Alliance‘.

It’s time to check your kit

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Do you have everything you need for our new term?

As we start our new term, now is a good time to check your harmonica kit. As a bare minimum, every student must have..

  • At least one working harmonica
  • A diary with 10 blank entries

New and replacement items can be ordered through our online Store using the menu at the top of the screen. If you have recently had a taster session, your full Music Pack can also be ordered through our store.