Hands-On Harp Workshop with 30 Harps

Hands-On Harp Workshop with 30 Harps

A day of Holly’s Harps workshops includes as many hands-on workshops as will fit into your day, serving hundreds of students in a day. (Instruments can be disinfected between classes as necessary.) Hands-on activities align with grade-level standards for music and science. All activities are easily modified for students with disabilities. Workshops have a dual focus on music-making and science concepts. Every student plays one of the 30 small harps the artist brings, with no prior musical experience required. Holly guides experiments with acoustical science (and physics if high school level), and then we use music concepts to build a beautiful song that everyone plays together. Within a few minutes, students understand the science behind the instrument in their hands, and they are creating a song using patterns they have discovered or created. Students of every age make real music, e.g. K-2nd uses simple patterns, 3rd-5th combines patterns, 6th-8th creates new patterns based on math, high school composes new parts. Each workshop serves one grade at a time, or two contiguous grades, for example K-1 or 1-2. (Exception: any middle school grades or any high school grades can do a workshop together.) 60 students maximum per workshop in K-2, because they work in pairs. 30 students maximum per workshop in grades 3 or older, because each student has his/her own harp. Holly recommends starting the day with an assembly (no extra fee) to familiarize students with scientific and musical concepts before the hands-on workshops. Multi-day residencies take students deeper into music and science, including more songs, graphing, and artwork. In multi-day residency, student performance for the community is encouraged. Outreach performance for local senior citizens is encouraged! If your students already play other instruments such as recorder or classroom percussion, they are easily incorporated into a performance.


Artist Background

Holly of Holly’s Harps is a musician-educator who designs activities to meet state standards for each grade, and supports every workshop participant so they successfully make music. Holly specializes in helping students make “Aha!” connections among topics in science, math, music and history. She also works extensively with special needs students. Holly inspires over 21,000 people per year with musical experiences that encourage their curiosity and support their creativity. Holly is founder of Lyrica, whose first recording won the Davies Prize. She is also a cathedral musician, the harpist for ensembles in USA and Europe, and a winner of the Continuing Creativity Award for multi-disciplinary teaching.


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