Elvis has left the building.. in the wrong bag

All Shook Up
A reminder that every Harp Academy student should bring the following kit items to their harmonica sessions:

Harmonica / A4 Pocket Folder / Notebook & Pen

Which harmonica do I need?
Infants in Reception and KS1 (Y1 and Y2) need a four hole Hohner Speedy harmonica. Juniors in KS2 (Y3 to Y6) need a 10 hole Suzuki Airwave harmonica. The A4 pocket folder is to store music sheet handouts and keep everything together. The note book is for us to write our weekly mission – something to practise between sessions.

Where can I order kit items?
Through our Store (no log in is required). Simply add items to your basket and check out using a credit or debit card.

Can I provide my child’s own kit
Absolutely. You can order a Harp Academy music pack and branded items in our Store, or you can provide your own. Our only word of caution is for anyone wishing to organise their own harmonica. Have a chat with us first as this may well save you time, money and heartache!

Label all your items 
Harmonica teachers check our activity after each session and ensure anything left behind is handed to the school office or returned to the owner’s class. Even so, we occasionally receive appeals for lost property. Please help us by ensuring that all kit items are clearly marked with your child’s name.

Harp Named

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When items go missing, it’s normally because someone has inadvertently packed away the wrong kit, or items are left around the school.

Sample Lesson – The Saints

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It’s time to learn some fun jazz on the harmonica and here’s a song everybody will recognise. It’s called When The Saints Go Marching In and it’s from New Orleans, The song has a long name, so we’ll call it The Saints for short.

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The Saints started life as an American gospel hymn and it was sung quite slowly. But once the Jazz Bands of New Orleans got hold of it, they soon gave it some swing! (more…)

Harmonica for 4-7 Year Olds

Would you like to include music-making on the harmonica in your Early Years setting?

Here’s Richard presenting Play Harmonica, the theme tune from Harp Academy’s early years harmonica courses for 4-7 year olds. He’s using a 4 hole easy-play Speedy harmonica (available in our Store). Set to the tune of Wind The Bobbin Up/There’s A Dinosaur, the song encourages young players to acquire the following key skills:

∙ Hole location by number – 1 2 3 4
∙ Breath control – Blow and Draw
∙ C Major Arpeggio – C E G C
∙ Musical Alphabet (with Makaton) – A B C D E F G
∙ Progression to C Major Scale – C D E F G A B C
∙ Enjoyment of Rhythm and Rhyme
∙ Follow hand signals for intonation
∙ Read and follow harmonica arrow tab notation

If you would like access to the backing track, harmonica tabs, or further details about music making on the harmonica and running weekly sessions in your Early Years setting, get in touch using the details on our Contact page. Please also visit our Early Years menu for more insight into our Pre-School harmonica activities, or our KS1 for young School Age children.

Harmonica Home Learning

Add a musical highlight to to your week

During lockdown, many children took up the opportunity to enjoy music making with Harp Academy online using Zoom. The harmonica lends itself perfectly to this platform.

Some children learned one-to-one, while others enjoyed sessions with a best friend, or a circle of classmates. If you’d like to enroll for 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 the participants.

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.

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!