Bringing harmonica music to your school community

If you think the harmonica can raise the profile of music in your school, let us know. We’ve been teaching harmonica in EYFS and Primary Education since 2010. We can drop by for a chat, run through the formats we offer, and spot check all the necessary health and safety documentation.

Lesson format
Rebecca Alex Maisie & Jem NHL 2iHarp Academy works with children from 4-11 years in the following ways:

  •  Daytime small groups (6-8 children) – 30 minutes
  •  Lunchtime Clubs (6-12 children) – 30 minutes
  •  After School Clubs (6-12 children) – 30 minutes
  •  Daytime whole class access to music (approx 30 children) – see below
  •  1:1 music lessons on site – 30 minutes
  •  Bespoke workshops, presentations and projects

Our minimum group size is 6 children for small group learning and clubs, and we usually provide 10 sessions per term (30 sessions each academic year). We’re happy to include EYFS/Reception Year children; indeed, some may already have learnt harmonica with Harp Academy at their local Hopscotch Nursery. We will normally look to provide at least an hour’s worth of activity on site; this usually comprises back-to-back half hour sessions for KS1 and KS2 respectively, or lower and upper school juniors.

PRTP 2015 11Lesson costs 
Budgets are an important matter for schools and parents alike. Prior to subscribing in full, small group and club sessions include one free taster session to ensure that everyone is happy. This also includes a free starter harmonica and music sheet. Ongoing lessons are £18.75 monthly, or £64.35 for the first 10 week term, £71.50 per 10 week term thereafter. This is a third of the price of private music lessons. Harp Academy administrates subscriptions and registers direct with parents/carers. The only other cost is £14.99 for KS2 parents to secure a 10 hole harmonica for their children’s ongoing sessions. Music packs are available in our Store, but parents can supply their own kit too (folder, diary, 10 hole harmonica). Children bring their music packs to each lesson, but harmonicas cannot be hired/borrowed for hygiene reasons. Depending on group sizes, children can join a group or club at any point during our 10 week schedule.

Ready to launch?
Flyer 2iWhen you are satisfied that we meet all your criteria, we will deliver a free 15 minute harmonica demonstration in school assembly. We will play to the children as they arrive, and again as they leave for classes. During assembly we will explain how the harmonica works in an entertaining format, and invite one or two children to try it out. There will usually be time for a few questions too. To capture the fresh enthusiasm, we would normally supply flyers for children to take home.

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Promoting your new harmonica activity
We would also ask for your collaboration in promoting the harmonica to parents. An announcement in your school newsletter, or group text,  is an effective way of getting things underway. After our initial demonstration, we will supply promotional flyers for children to take home. If you have a paper-free school policy, or an alternative recruitment system, let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly; we can supply digital copies of our flyers. We can also supply colourful posters, deliver a promotional home-time busk, and provide logos and information for your clubs web page. Within a week we will let you know the level of response. If we achieve the minimum group/club uptake of 6 children, we are ready to get started!

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Harp Academy will handle all day-to-day admin, processing registrations and subscriptions, so there is no additional burden to your office team. We will forward a copy of our register to you at school, so you know which children have signed up. We will also introduce ourselves to your office team so they have the opportunity to ask any questions. We’re happy to talk to class teachers and meet with parents too.

Important points to consider
Before we visit you at school, the following check list will help in fine-tuning our planning:

  • When would you like to launch your harmonica activity?
  • Are you considering daytime teaching or an after school club?
  • What is the target group (Reception, KS1, KS2)?
  • Is an enclosed teaching space available?
  • Is there potential for teaching back-to-back half hour slots (eg. KS1/KS2 or Y3-4/Y5-6)?
  • What are your School’s health and safety requirements?
  • Is there a cost for room hire?
  • Can we arrange assembly playbacks from time to time?
  • Can harmonica parents attend assembly playbacks?
  • Do you need references from other Harp Academy schools?
  • Can we be included in school newsletters and on the school website?
  • Can we feature in the school’s newsletters or clubs information?
  • Can we display Harp Academy flyers and posters in school?
  • Can we deliver a demo assembly twice a year to maintain interest levels?

Ella NHL 10Whole class teaching
As an alternative to our small group and club scenarios, we can provide weekly 30-45 minute whole-class sessions; usually in 10 week courses. These can be tailored to Key Stage learning and we are happy to work with a number of classes in one day. The guide price for each lesson is £50.00 per hour pro rata. This is invoiced to your school and payable within two weeks of our final session.

There is just the additional cost for a stock of starter harmonicas to be considered – for health and hygiene reasons, we recommend these are not shared. Harp Academy can recommend the best harmonicas for your needs and supply these at discounted bulk rates. Our guide price for bulk orders of 4 hole Speedy starter harmonicas is £4.50 per child (inc VAT); 10 hole Airwave models can be supplied for £8.50 per child (inc VAT). Schools normally recover the instrument cost through parental donations and funding.

1:1 teaching
From time to time individual children outgrow their group settings, but are keen to continue the harmonica. We offer daytime 1:1 private half hourly sessions, which might be something you’d like to consider. Musicians Union teaching rates apply.