Our Open Harmonica Club is available to children from any Infant, Junior or Primary school in the Brighton & Hove area.
We meet on Wednesdays at Aldrington Primary School in Hove, with separate 45 minute sessions for KS1 and KS2 children.
KS1 4.15pm-5.00pm (Weds)
KS2 5.15pm-6.00pm (Weds)
Free taster session
Your first session is entirely free and includes a starter harmonica.
The cost for each subsequent session is £7.99 and payment is made half termly in advance by BACS, or through our website Store using a credit or debit card. Subscribers will also be given free access to the home learning and support website pages.
What do children do at the Club?
Sessions begin with a musical ice-breaker. Children then warm up with a standard exercises. They then learn songs from our current teaching schedule and practise key technical skills. Each term we have a musical theme and musical element to explore too. Past examples have included Film Scores and texture, Songs of The Sea and dynamics, and The Beatles and Structure. You can find our Teaching Plan in the My School menu above. We end our schedule with a short playback to parents and in July children are invited to play in public on the Kids’ Stage at Paddle Round The Pier on Hove Lawns.
Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To register for your Free Taster Session, simply click the Gold Harmonica and complete our online form. If our club is full when you register, we will advise you of available alternatives, or keep your child’s name on our waiting list.
Once they’ve signed up in full, every child (or harmonaut as we call our players) is required to bring a music folder and diary to their club sessions. Parents are free to supply these themselves. They can also order them through our Store as single items or as part of our standard Music Pack.
KS1 children can continue using their 4 hole starter harmonica until they are ready to graduate to a 10 hole instrument, however KS2 harmonauts are expected to upgrade to a 10 hole harmonica by the end of their first half term. Again parents are free to supply this themselves, or place their order through our Store. We recommend the 10 hole Suzuki Airwave harmonica, which also comes as part of our Music Pack. Harmonauts should bring their full harmonica kit to every session.
Is there Parking on site?
There is a small amount of free parking adjacent to the School.
Is there somewhere parents can wait?
While there isn’t really a waiting room for parents on site, there are local visitor-friendly facilities on hand. Waitrose is just around the corner with its own coffee shop and café. In warmer weather, Hove Park is nearby for strolling, picnics and dog walking, and it also has it’s own café.
Goldstone Retail Park is close by too, with shops and food outlets. There are also shops, food outlets and a petrol station at the western end of Nevill Avenue, towards Hangleton. In warmer weather the Nevill Recreation ground, which is right next to Aldrington School, is another option for dog walkers and picnickers (and there’s cricket in the summer months).
Terms & Conditions
Our standard terms and conditions apply and you can check these here.