The Science, Math and Music of the Harp

The Science, Math and Music of the Harp

In this assembly, audience members will be active participants in their seats, with harps from different continents and world cultures right in front of them. Holly uses these harps to illuminate concepts in music, acoustical science, and math — all aligned with state standards. Students participate by singing, clapping, trying new vocabulary in musical and scientific languages, solving problems, predicting outcomes, and asking questions. Topics include sound waves, vibration, frequency, patterns, sound box, high/low pitch, soft/loud sound, natural/synthetic materials, strength of shapes, string length, the human voice, purposes of music, roles of musicians in society, and musical terms. Holly plays both popular and classical music on the Big Harp and smaller ones, weaves in fun harp facts and stories, and answers your students’ great questions! Each assembly is tailored for an age group: younger elementary, older elementary, or middle school. There is no additional cost for multiple assemblies, so you can choose assemblies for the different age groups in your school. Holly also will tailor the perfect assembly for a special needs population.

Artist Background

Holly of Holly’s Harps is a musician-educator who designs activities to meet state standards for each grade. Holly specializes in helping students make “Aha!” connections among topics in science, math, music and history. She also works extensively with special needs students, and founded a worldwide partner program for artists working with special needs populations. 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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