The harmonica is a fantastic way to introduce music making to children of 4-5 years. The instruments themselves won’t blow your budget, they’re highly portable and they’ll take up next to no space. The impact on your pre-schoolers however, will be immense.
It’s the start of something bigger
The harmonica is a highly effective portal for musical beginners. Once they’ve picked up the basics, your children will soon be exploring a wealth of songs and activities they’ll look forward to week after week. They can even practise with you between their lessons. You’ll learn lots too!
Music is inclusive
The harmonica is accessible for boys and girls alike. It supports their confidence, articulation, motor skills, vision and hearing and it’s accessible for children with special educational needs.
Music crosses subject boundaries
Music making, including the harmonica, draws on aspects of science, maths, foreign languages, physical education and the arts.
Music promotes social skills
What can be more pleasurable than working with others to make music? Sharing, belonging, team-work, patience, assertiveness, preparation, self-confidence, emotional expression, support, diversity and inclusion are just a few of the social skills children will learn to appreciate during their harmonica sessions. Giving pleasure, well-being, self-identity and a sense of worth are also promoted through musical performance.
Harp Academy – a foundation for the future
Pre-schoolers can transfer their foundation music skills to their Primary School setting. They may find a harmonica group in their new school, where they can make friends and develop their musical skills further. They make opt for another instrument, join a choir, take up drama, or learn to dance. No matter what the future brings, your pre-schoolers – and their grown ups – will treasure the musical memories we make forever.
“You’ve been teaching Nancy at Hopscotch. She has really enjoyed the lessons and remembered an amazing amount – it really shocked me when she explained to me what an arpeggio was!!!!” Hopscotch Parent