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‘.

Happy Chinese New Year

Rooster i恭喜發財 (gùng héi faat chōi)

Happy Chinese New Year. This year is the year of a rooster or chicken. 雞/鷄. The Chinese word for rooster or chicken is 雞/鷄. According to Chinese astrology, people born under this sign should favour the colours gold, brown, and yellow, but avoid the colours white and green.

Zhao Peng You (Making Friends)
Playing the harmonica is very popular in China, and to celebrate New Year, here’s a traditional children’s song we sometimes learn at Harp Academy; it’s called Making Friends. It was very popular in China during the 1960’s and 1970’s when the strict Communist government banned many songs that did not have a strong patriotic theme.


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Zhao Peng You is a simple melody that children would sing at play school to accompany a special game. This involved running around to find a friend, then pretending to meet them for the first time. They would salute (the Communist greeting) or else bow to each other, shake hands, say goodbye – Zàijiàn! – and then run off to make another new friend. Subscribers to Harp Academy can access the full on-line lesson and arrow tab in our KS1 Music Library. Gùng héi faat chōi!

Doh a deer!

Laughing ChildrenHarmonica Lesson Outtakes
Today we were learning about the notes in the musical alphabet and the C major scale. Like the days of the week, the colours in the rainbow and the continents of the world, we learned there are seven letters in the musical alphabet; A B C D E F and G. We also learned that if we start the alphabet on C, the order is C D E F G A and B. Olives iBut when we only play these seven notes, the sequence sounds incomplete; like singing Do Re Mi Fa Sol La and Ti.

When we add an eighth notes, another C, the pattern of the major scale is complete. ‘So what do we call the distance from the first note in the major scale, to the eighth note in the major scale?‘ asked the teacher. No reply. ‘It begins with O, like octopus, octagon and October‘ the teacher prompted. ‘I know, I know‘, said Jake, ‘it’s called an olive‘.

It’s time to check your kit

Folders 6

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.

Star Wars Harmonica

Welcome to the harp side Luke Skyscraper

Prospective harmonauts often get excited when we demonstrate the Star Wars Theme on harmonica in school assembly. From time to time we teach this piece in our weekly sessions too. As a subscriber you can of course investigate it at any time. You’ll find it in our KS2 study page here. You will need the subscriber login to access it – this is inside the front cover of your white Harp Academy music diary, and on the information card in your music pack.

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