Friday, May 30, 2014

"Why I Want to Play the Harp"

Here's an idea for a beginning homework assignment. Have the student draw a picture or write why he or she wants to play the harp (or any other instrument that you're teaching). There are several ways you can adapt this, depending on student age and interest. Student can:
  • paint, draw, or use a different art medium
  • make a collage
  • make a sculpture
  • make a mixed-media piece
  • write a song
  • write a poem
  • write an essay
You could even do several of these options at different times. How would you use it? Have you done anything like this -- either as a teacher or a student?


Friday, May 23, 2014

Things I've Learned... // Studio Recital

Things I learned from my 2nd studio recital...

1) Tell students to be there by a certain time. Make the time a little early, because at least one student will likely be late.

2) Clarify which students will perform, preferably in writing to avoid confusion.

3) Invite your friends! Friendly support is a great thing!

4) Make an announcement at the end of the recital requesting students to join you for a group picture.

5) Invite people ahead of time and send out periodic reminders.

Most importantly, have fun and encourage your students to do the same!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Window Shopping: Etsy

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Here are some interesting harp items I've seen on Etsy...

This nifty rubber stamp for making pedal diagrams.

Pedal diagram stickers from the same shop.

This cute little pill case (which has both harp and ballet!....see this post about music and ballet).

This pretty hanky has been sold, but it looks like there's a similar one available.

Have you ever shopped on Etsy? What are some of your favorite finds?


Sunday, May 11, 2014

At the Movies: Vol. 1

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Greeting readers!
Today I'll be sharing a list of some movies with harps. These might be nice to add to your lending library if you have one. Of course, make sure they're age-appropriate and you might want to make sure that the student clears it with his/her parent(s) before watching, depending on the age of the student.
So, here's a non-exhaustive list of movies with harps:
 The Bishop's Wife
The Princess Diaries
And of course, any movies with Harpo Marx
What are some harp-containing movies that you recommend?
Have a great day!