Oops, I Forgot My Harmonica!

Oops iHow to join in, even if you forget your harmonica

Don’t worry, we all forget things from time to time. You may feel disappointed, but you are still on our register and you should come along to your harmonica session just the same. Although we can’t lend you a harmonica because this may pass on germs, we do have plenty of ways you can still join in musically.

The first question to ask yourself is, when did I last see my harmonica? It might still be in your book bag, a coat pocket or in your classroom drawer. You’d be amazed how easily this can happen, so have a quick think. If it’s definitely not at school, there is still plenty we can learn and enjoy, even without a harmonica. Here’s how… (more…)

Dates for Your Diary

With two Christmas Blow Out sessions at The Alex Children’s Hospital last December, and a full house at Harpin’ By The Sea‘s very first Junior Workshop at the start of February, everyone’s clearly enjoying our anniversary performance schedule. A huge thank you to all who have taken part so far…

We had plenty more planned this year, however, owing to the Corona Virus epidemic the following two events have been cancelled this year:

•  Brighton Festival
•  Paddle Round the Pier

In the meantime, one event is still going ahead. If any harmonauts who would like to take part in the National Harmonica Festival music competition, can join us on Sat 10th October in Birmingham. Harp Academy has a very proud record in this department, having coached seven Junior National Harmonica Champions since 2011. Check out our Roll of Honour here. In each case, entrants played something they’d enjoyed learning at School and, with some extra coaching from Will or Richard, jumped up on stage and shone.

We have also been invited to return to The Alex for Christmas, non Wed 23rd December 2020. Whether you’d like to give the competition a go, or help us create more wonderful memories by entertaining in public, we’d love you to get involved. To register your interest, simply click the Gold Harmonica on our home page. We’ll add you to our cast and contact you again nearer the time.

SPECIAL OFFER – Earn 2 Free Lessons

Recommend a friend and receive 2 lessons free!
We all enjoy learning with our best friends, don’t we? Well this includes music making on the harmonica. If you have a friend who might be interested in a Free Taster Session, just ask them to click the Golden Harmonica (on the right of the screen), and register using our promotional code harmonaut. Special OfferWe’ll supply their starter harmonica and music sheet completely free. And if your friend then joins Harp Academy in full, we will credit you with two free lessons. That’s all there is to it!

Registration 2020

For those about to rock, we salute you! 
Thanks to all those who joined us last term. If you’d like to keep your place for Spring Term 2020, please leave your monthly standing order ticking over, or ensure that we receive your BACS subscriptions as soon as possible. Further information is on our How To Pay page.

Newcomers welcome!
If you’d like to join us for the first time in 2020, just click the Gold Harmonica at the side of this page and select the Free Taster option; we have places available in most of our schools, and we’ll get straight back to you with further details. Further subscription information can also be found father down this post.

Teaching plan Spring 2020
Our theme for the New year is Classical Music for the harmonica, plus the musical element Dynamics (loud and soft sounds, and how we transition between them). We’ll also be preparing seasonal pieces for Easter.

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Paddle Round The Pier Review – Summer 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..