Hopscotch Peacehaven

Wilkomnen, bienvenue, welcome!

We are delighted to welcome everyone at Hopscotch Children’s Nursery, Peacehaven, to our harmonica community. Harp Academy will be providing weekly harmonica lessons for Pre-Schoolers in our new setting with Richard Taylor.

Harmonica at Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In the summer of 2018, Harp Academy piloted an EYFS harmonica programme for Pre-Schoolers in collaboration with the Hopscotch Nursery team at Portland Road, Hove, and sixteen of their fabulous children.

It was an rewarding experience for everyone involved. Using everyday props and fun challenges, children adopted the physical processes necessary for playing a wind instrument; from a hand hold, to embouchure development, breath control, navigation and articulation. Through games, rhymes and exercises they also learned musical principles such as arpeggio, the major scale, decorative instrument skills (glissando and trills for example) and the musical elements.

They even explored the fun of improvisation and performance by bringing stories and songs to life through sounds and action. Repertoire included Twinkle, Twinkle, Four Little Speckled Frogs and Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight). Books included Waking Wendell and Charlie’s Harmonica.

Harp Academy is extremely proud to be working in collaboration with Hopscotch’s highly professional management team and amazing staff. Since launching our pilot scheme at Portland Road, we are now operational in their Preston Park, Seaford and Peacehaven settings.

Eastbrook Primary Academy

Wilkomnen, bienvenue, welcome!

We are delighted to welcome everyone at Eastbrook Primary Academy, Southwick, to our harmonica community.

From Wednesday 6th February, we will be operating weekly afternoon harmonica lessons with Richard Taylor.

If you attend Eastbrook and would like further details, just click the Gold Harmonica here on our homepage, and select the Free Taster option.

Will Wilde is the Pet Insurance Blues Cat

Quite a few Harp Academy grown-ups have mentioned a national TV advertisement for a well-known insurance broker, which features a hound dog playing blues guitar and a tom cat playing the blues harmonica. It’s great to see our favourite instrument enjoying some airtime.

‘Have you seen the ad?’, we’re frequently asked. Well, yes we have. And we hope you can keep a secret. That’s Harp Academy’s very own Will Wilde playing the harmonica track.

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