We were delighted to receive the following feedback from one of our new parents this week.
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).
If you have any constructive feedback for the Harp Academy team, please feel free to call or email us – we’re always happy to hear from you. As an example, some parents have mentioned that the ability to make payments via the website would simplify our enrolment procedure even further. Consequently, we are testing a new PayPal system, which we hope to roll out later this term.
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 Subcriber 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!
Harp Academy Teaching Dates
For most schools our course of 10 harmonica lessons start from Monday 15th September this term. If you have missed recent emails,¬†please check that our information is reaching you – it may be sitting patiently in a spam folder. It’s also a good idea to¬†check our teaching dates for your school.
Teaching dates can always be found¬†under My School in the menu bar above. You will need your subscriber username and password to access them. If your log in codes have gone missing, simply email us and we’ll help you out. Please note that we have staggered October lesson dates to ease teacher cover while Will Wilde is touring. With half term falling at the end of the month, most schools will have two harmonica lessons in October. Please also be sure to organise payment for your lessons¬†and replace any missing¬†equipment. Rates and how to pay can be found in our FAQ menu.
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
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.
By clicking our information flyer below, you can save the two-sided image to your computer and forward it as an email attachment to your friend. 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.
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 hook. You can check it out here.
There are just two patterns to master, so grab your C harmonica and let’s nail this thing…
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
Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown
Improvisation is something that can be quite daunting at first. How do you start? What should you do? The simple answer is anything you feel like, but for some, a blank page¬†can be a huge challenge.¬†At the outset, many of us¬†need¬†guidance on¬†how to improvise. This is¬†an important foundation for future enjoyment and freedom of expression.
Two of our team were teaching a KS2 group in Hove last week. It was the children’s¬†first lesson of the Spring term.¬†
The first HA teacher started a simple¬†chug, or¬†riff,¬†on his 10 hole harmonica, while the second HA teacher punctuated this pattern with two¬†simple¬†chords, or¬†vamps..
Down the road someone is practising scales,
The notes like little fishes vanish with a wink of their tails Louis 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 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!