This program is a full day, with as many harp activities as fit into the day. Typically, 8-12 hands-on activities serve several hundred students. All activities are easily modified for students with disabilities. In hands-on workshops, every child plays one of the 30 small harps the artist brings. Holly guides kids to play songs, experiment with acoustical science, and discover patterns. Within a few minutes, students are playing a whole song. Activities are adapted to grade level, e.g. K-2 plays a song, 3-5 combines patterns, 6-8 creates new patterns. Each workshop serves one grade at a time, or two contiguous grades, for example K-1 or 1-2. (Any middle school grades can be together in a workshop.) 60 students maximum per workshop in K-2, because they work in pairs. 30 students maximum per workshop in grades 3-8, because each child has his/her own harp. Holly recommends starting the day with the assembly to familiarize students with the scientific and musical concepts before the hands-on workshops (no extra charge). In multi-day residencies students participate in next-tier workshops to build additional skills, take harps home to practice, and (optionally) perform for parents or for a local senior community.
Holly’s Harps is an award-winning program based in music, with optional extensive curriculum in STEM, history and language arts. Holly’s Harps offers both assemblies and hands-on workshops (with 30 harps for students to play). Holly of Holly’s Harps is a real person! Winner of the Continuing Creativity Award for her teaching, Holly believes there is no “one size fits all” in learning. She creates activities to meet state standards for each grade, yet her programs are unique in the country. Holly serves over 21,000 students per year with musical experiences that deepen children’s understanding. Holly is founder of Lyrica, whose first recording won the Davies Prize. She is also a cathedral musician and harpist for ensembles in USA and Europe.