Autumn 2019 – Registration

For those about to rock, we salute you! 
As the new term approaches, we very much hope you will be joining us to celebrate our tenth anniversary year. We start back from Mon 16th September.

Our Autumn theme is Skool of Rock harmonica, plus the musical element Duration. And we’ve got a ton of fun stuff planned through the school year, with some great opportunities to play live in public and melt faces.

•  Mon 23rd Dec 2019 – Christmas blow out at The Alex Children’s Hospital
•  Sun 9th Feb 2020 – Children’s workshop with Joe Filisko (USA) at Harpin’ By The Sea
•  Sat 4th Jul 2020 – End of term blow out at Paddle Round the Pier, Hove
•  Sat 15th Aug 2020 – National Harmonica Festival music competition, Gloucester

If you’d like to sign up to our programme, whether you’re a seasoned harmonaut or a newcomer, we need you to register by clicking our Gold Harmonica. This means we’ll have the contact information we need, and we know you’re happy with the way we do things.

We’ll get back to you with our confirmation email, giving details about your taster session (newcomers), our schedule of dates and how to subscribe in advance. (more…)

Paddle Round The Pier 2019

Summer harmonica fun for all the family…

It was great to see so many harmonauts at Paddle Round The Pier on Hove Lawns. We’d like to thank everyone for turning out; mums, dads, relatives, friends and pets!

Paddle is Europe’s largest beach festival and our annual performance is the perfect way to end the harmonica music year and start the summer season. This year thirty harmonauts took to the stage and blew the roof off on what was an extremely hot afternoon. Dressed as Pirates and Sailors they looked and sounded fantastic! Join us next year, when our theme will be Star Wars, but for now, sit back and enjoy our video of this year’s escapades..

Summer Postcard Competition 2019

We’re all going on a summer holiday

It’s that time of the year again. We’ve enjoyed some great lessons, some splendid school performances and, of course, dressed up as pirates for the Players’ Stage at the Paddle Round the Pier beach festival. No doubt many of you have already packed up your toot boots and headed off on holiday. Don’t forget, you can take a harmonica virtually anywhere! And that’s exactly what we’d like you to do.

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Wherever you are this summer, ask your grown ups to take a photo of and your harmonica, email it to us by midnight on 31st August 2019 (with permission to publish the picture here on the Harp Academy website), and you could be the winner of a brand new harmonica. First prize is a Hohner Remaster (key of C) and pouch. Second prize is a Hohner Special 20 (key of C). And there are colourful Hohner Happy Harmonicas for our runners up. We’re really looking forward to seeing all your entries – get snapping!

Sample Lesson – The Saints

Mardi Gras Harlequin Mask iI want to be in that number

It’s time to learn some fun jazz on the harmonica and here’s a song everybody will recognise. It’s called When The Saints Go Marching In and it’s from New Orleans, The song has a long name, so we’ll call it The Saints for short.

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The Saints started life as an American gospel hymn and it was sung quite slowly. But once the Jazz Bands of New Orleans got hold of it, they soon gave it some swing! (more…)

Luke Skyscraper & The Treble Alliance

Aren’t you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?

Here are some harmonauts enjoying their Star Wars session with Ben Jones…

Star Wars is always a favourite with our students, but there’s plenty more musical fun we get up to each week at Harp Academy.

If you’d like to learn the harmonica at school, click the Gold Harmonica across the screen and let us know. Otherwise email us through the Contact link in our main menu and we’ll be happy to help.