Need something to help yourself or your students plan practice sessions? Then try this easy upcycle of a photo frame! (For more on practice, check out some Reflections on Harp Column's #30DayPractice Challenge, or what's more important than practice)
Want to listen to the pieces on the example frame? Chariots, Close to You (also watch the blindfolded version!), Improv on Sonate en Ré (and another), We 3 Kings, I Have Decided, 24 Hours Without A Sail...it isn't safe, The Munsters theme song
dry erase marker
Just decorate your frame with duct tape, print the template linked above, & pop it into the frame (trim if needed),
The template has lines to write goals for the sessions & boxes to check each off, but you could also just put plain paper in the frame. If you want to keep the marker with it, add a large rubber band across the frame to hold the marker when not in use.
I came across this cute pin the tail on the bunny activity on Pinterest, & was inspired to make a bunny music matching game. Continue reading for some ideas & the first page free!
clipboard image from Pixabay
Delight your students with this versatile musical symbol matching game! This makes a great take-home game, off the bench activity, or music party game.
Students might not even know they’re improving their musical knowledge!
Ideas for using this packet
Grab the first sheet of 6 of these bunny sets for free here. Then pick up the complete packet of 18 bunny sets & a pdf of the above ideas in the Fischarper TpT store!
Be sure to share your ideas for this game with me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
It's time for another nail art tutorial on the blog! (Have you tried the other harp nail art?) This one is quite easy! If you want to subtly use your nails to make a nod to your harp skills, here you go! You could also use a green base color to get ready for St. Patrick's Day!
nail polish (I used Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Jackpot)
nail art strips in red, blue, & silver or white (or you can use thin stripes of nail polish instead)
top coat (the writing is partly off the bottle, but I think I used Revlon ExtraLife No Chip Top Coat)
All you do...
Paint your base color (I think I used 3 coats)
Allow to fully dry
Place the strips on your nails in the order of harp strings. You'll probably want to start in the center and work out.
Apply top coat & allow to dry!
In keeping with what seems to have become this year's holiday roundup theme, here are a few Vintage Easter postcards with music. I just found a few on Etsy that I decided to share, so here's a little bonus post this week. Enjoy!
Oh man! Isn't this vintage Estonian postcard precious with the little musical chicks? It's available from RETROisIN on Etsy.
Look at these dapper little singing chicks wearing their collars! This postcard is from lotsofpostcards on Etsy.
Anddddd.....RETROisIN has offered 25% off to readers with the code MUSIC25!
Do you have a favorite music-themed Easter card? Be sure to share it with me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
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Need a new gig bag? Got a bag with a slogan you'd like to upcycle?
I'm trying out posting a semi-wordless tutorial for this project...let me know what you think!
Use the fabric glue to attach this to your bag. Once it's dry, you're done! (I tried ironing it on with the fusing, but it didn't work too well, & started melting the inside of the bag.)
What do you think? Do you like it better with written instructions, or with just pictures?
Do you think you'll upcycle a bag into a personalized gig bag? Or are you happy with your current one? Show me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Happy March! You know what March brings? St. Patrick's Day!
For a Valentine's-related post this year, I did an Etsy roundup of 14 Vintage Musical Valentines. Now enjoy some of my favorite vintage harp St. Patrick's Day cards!
And check the bottom for some discount codes!
How cute are these 1920s Dennison's cutout harps available from puffadonna?
Here's a sweet St. Patrick's Day card from the 1950s, available from VintageTinsel.
Here's a cool vintage postcard upcycled into a greeting card from Kay's Vintage Cards. I like how the scene is framed by the harp shape.
This puppy harper 1939 Gibson St. Patrick's Day card is adorable! It's also from puffadonna.
Many thanks to puffadonna for supplying this discount code for 15% off anything in her shop! Just use code PAPERPALOOZA1 at checkout!
What's your favorite harp St. Patrick's Day find? I'd love to see a picture on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Want some St. Patrick's Day music lesson ideas? Check this roundup of 5 St. Patrick's Day Ideas.
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