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Hands-On Harp Workshop with 30 Harps

Hands-On Harp Workshop with 30 Harps
A full day (up to 12 workshops, or any combination of workshops and assemblies) serves several hundred students. In hands-on workshops, each child plays one of the 30 harps the artist brings. Kids experiment with acoustical science, apply new vocabulary, play songs. Holly guides them through scientific concepts and musical material. 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 uses more complex patterns, 6-8 tries improvisation. Each workshop serves one grade at a time, or two contiguous grades, e.g. K-1 or 1-2. (Any middle school grades can be together.) Maximum  number of students per workshop in K-2: 60 students, because they work in pairs. Maximum number of students per workshop in 3-8: 30 students, because each child has his/her own harp. For grades 3 and up, workshops are a perfect follow-up to "The Science and Math of Harp Music" assembly. Workshops for K-2 can be scheduled with or without an assembly.

Artist Background

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.

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