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Hands-On Harp Workshop with 30 Harps

Hands-On Harp Workshop with 30 Harps
A full-day program of hand-on workshops and assemblies, or workshops only. As many activities as you can fit into the day. Typically, 8-12 activities serve 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 creates a new pattern. 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.) 60 students maximum per workshop in K-2, because they work in pairs. 30 students maximum per workshop in grade 3-8, because each child has his/her own harp. Workshops are a perfect follow-up to "The Science and Math of Harp Music" 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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