FLASHBACK: Paddle Round The Pier 2019

Summer harmonica fun for all the family…
It was great to see so many harmonauts at Paddle Round The Pier 2019. We’re forever grateful to everyone who turned out; mums, dads, relatives and pets!

Paddle is Europe’s largest beach festival and our annual show is the perfect way to end the harmonica year. 2019 was extremely hot, but our harmonauts still blew the roof off. Dressed as Pirates and Sailors they were fantastic. Next year our dress code is Star Wars!

Harmonica Home Learning

Add a musical highlight to to your week

While extra-curricular activities remain off-limits, many children have taken up the opportunity to enjoy music making with Harp Academy online with Zoom. The harmonica lends itself perfectly to this platform.

Some children are learning by themselves, while others are enjoying sessions with a best friend, or a circle of classmates. If you’d like to enrol in online lessons send us me an email, or get in touch via our Contact Page.

Team up with your best friend
A great way to keep in touch and have fun together. Paired online harmonica tuition is £20.00 for half an hour on Zoom (£10.00 per child).

Weekly group harmonica lessons
A fun and affordable way to socialise with your classmates. Our group rate for half an hour on Zoom is £25.00 for the first three children. Thereafter it’s £5.00 for each additional group member. The total is divided evenly amongst everyone.

One-to-One Harmonica Lessons
The best way to make fast progress. Individual online harmonica tuition is £15.00 for a half hour session on Zoom.

Health & Safety Notice for Harmonica Activities

Covid Safe Harmonica
As we resume harmonica teaching in our schools this term, we will inform you by email and school bulletin. For our small groups and club scenarios, we respectfully ask that harmonauts and parents observe the following important safety requirements:

Covid-19 Health Declaration 
Please submit a health declaration form prior to your child’s first after-school harmonica club session (after-school harmonica club participants only). General safety guidelines for all our harmonica students and grown-ups are below… (more…)

Covid-19 Safety Awareness

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases

As our harmonauts return to school this Autumn, here’s Dr Dog with a short review and some good advice. We would also like to pass on these handy home-learning health and safety modules. They’re devised by the e-bug organisation and have been recommended via the UK Government website.

Microbe Mania
Hand Hygiene
Super Sneezes
Respiratory Hygiene
Antibiotic Awareness

Harp Academy will be returning to Schools after October half term break. Until we’re back, just remember: catch it, bin it, kill it, and wash your hands thoroughly!

Behind the scenes

Harmonica lessons at Harp Academy HQ

During the long break from teaching at School, we’ve been busy refurbishing Harp Academy headquarters, and we’ve now started teaching one-to-one lessons in a live format.

The very first students to enjoy our new set up were Dylan from Goldstone, followed by his schoolmate Joe. Here’s Joe learning blues harmonica and enjoying the new set up. Dylan and Joe are both making amazing progress.

We also had a lovely visit from Chyanne and Jacob this week. They spent the afternoon checking out where our harmonicas are cleaned and repaired, where our teaching resources are created and where we store everything. They also tried out the new teaching facility where we practiced the theme music to Jurassic Park. As you can see, Chyanne took some fabulous souvenirs home afterwards!

The new teaching space has dedicated access, plenty of ventilation, space for safe distancing, and a great view across the garden. If you’d like to book a private lesson with Richard at Harp Academy HQ in Hove, send an email from the Contact page in our menu and we will get you set. We also offer online lessons using Zoom or Skype, where you can choose your preferred Harp Academy teacher.

In the meantime, we hope you’re enjoying the summer holidays and don’t forget to enter our harmonica picture postcard competition! There are some great prizes to be won. Full details are here on our home page.