Elm Grove Primary School

Wilkomnen, bienvenue, welcome!

We are delighted to welcome everyone at Elm Grove Primary School, Brighton, to our harmonica community.

From Tuesday 25th September, we will be operating a weekly lunchtime Harmonica Club with Richard Taylor.

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

Anti-Bullying Alliance

We are delighted to announce that Harp Academy has been accepted as a core member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

This year’s anti-bullying week runs from 12th-16th November 2018 and it’s theme is ‘Choose Respect’. CBeebies star and Anti-Bullying Alliance patron Andy Day, and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, are supporting the initiative by encouraging children to wear odd socks to school to show their support and raise money for a good cause. Odd Socks day is on Monday 12th November.

If you’d like help or more information about this important issue, please contact us or visit the ABA homepage at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Pre-School Harmonica

Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries
During the summer term of 2018, Harp Academy piloted a Pre-School harmonica programme in collaboration with Hopscotch Nursery team on Portland Road, Hove, and sixteen of their fabulous children.

It was an amazing experience for everyone. The children learned all about arpeggio, scales, key instrument skills and the musical elements through our games and activities. They also learned to play Twinkle, Twinkle perfectly and embarked on an accompaniment to Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight). Most of all, they learned to appreciate how much fun music education can be. Our fledgling harmonauts were unbelievable and we wish each of them well as they move into their Reception Year. (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.

Dynamically Speaking

Laughing ChildrenHarmonica Lesson Outtakes
Today in class we were working on Dynamics; how to play loudly and softly, how to change from one to the other, and the standard notation to support everything. Our first building blocks were for piano (softly), and f for forte (loudly).  ‘So what does mf mean?’ asked the teacher, expecting one of the group to remember mezzo forte, for moderately loud. Simon’s hand went up as he answered ‘Mexican fort‘.

The teacher moved on to very loud, ff, and very quiet, pp. ‘Who can remember the term for very quiet?’ asked the teacher. ‘I know, I know‘, said Charlotte, ‘it’s pea in a cinema‘. When the chuckles died down, the teacher corrected Charlotte. ‘That’ll be pianissimo Charlotte. And who can remember the full name for the keyboard instrument we talked about?’. ‘That’s easy,’ said Jake, ‘it’s piano fortnight.’