Despite previous enquiries, no we don’t teach the harpsichord (a forerunner of the piano forte), the aeolian harp, the orchestral harp, the Welsh harp, the Irish harp or any other kind of harp. We also don’t teach the glass harmonica. And for the record, the term mouth organ is considered a deep insult.
We do teach the diatonic harmonica, usually just called the harmonica, but also known as a blues harp, mouth harp, and many years ago, the French harp. Harp is simply the short, street name for a free-reed instrument you can conveniently carry in your pocket. We also focus our energies and expertise on educating children in the principals of music making through the magic of the diatonic harmonica. Which is why we’re called Harp Academy.
The harmonica was first developed in Germany in the early part of the 19th century as an extension of reed organs used in churches at the time. Its free-reed ancestors, such as the Sheng had already been in common use throughout East Asia for centuries.
In our Harp Q.I. pages, you can investigate different types of harmonica. You can also check out some less familiar free-reed instruments on our harp relatives page.