Today on the blog, learn to make this fun catnip-filled harp! Do you like the clever name? "Meowcel" Grandjany. heehee. (Also, did you know that there's an MTV page about Grandjany?!) This would be a fun gift to give to your favorite feline-loving harpist....or his/her cat. This project was inspired by this precious Junk Food Cat Toy project on A Beautiful Mess. Keep reading for the details and learn to make your own kitty harp.
thread (red, white, blue, additional extra color)
Trim two felt triangle with rounded corners. My pieces of felt were already in triangles, so I just needed to trim them to even(ish) pieces and round the corners. If your felt has a right side and a wrong side, make sure these pieces are mirror images when both are faced right side up.
Sew on strings. You can do these in the order of a real harp, or you can make them all one color. It might be easiest to space them if you start with the top and bottom strings, add the middle string(s), then add the ones between them. Or vice versa. Or you could start in the middle and work out. It's up to you. You might also try sketching out the strings with chalk or disappearing ink.
This is what mine looked like from the back.
This is what it looked like from the front.
Sandwich your pieces together, right side out. Start stitching around the edges, but make sure to leave a hole that's plenty big to stuff the toy with catnip.
Stuff with catnip and finish stitching around the edges.
Depending on the size of your toy, you might be able to get away with sandwiching the catnip between the two pieces of felt and beginning your sewing then.
Give it to your cat and take blurry pictures of her until she accidentally throws it somewhere, then find it later. :)
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! Thank you to all you fathers who provide for your children to study music (formally or informally) and to the fathers who teach other people's children as well! And of course a shout out to all the harp-moving dads!
Have a great day!
The Fourth of July is coming up, and if you're in the US, that means Independence Day! Whether you are in the US or elsewhere, this is an opportunity to explore American music.
This might be a fun theme for a music camp as well.
Check out Petrucci Music Library's American people category.
I haven't watched this, but the PBS American Roots Music series and/or website can serve as a resource for you and/or your students (you and/or parents should preview for children to see if it's age-appropriate).
Did you know that there's a Society for American Music?
Mrs. King's Music Class has some ideas for teaching American patriotic songs in the elementary classroom in this post. I really like her idea of teaching etiquette for the Star-Spangled Banner!
Check out a past Fourth of July roundup here.
Who is your favorite American composer? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on Twitter!
The 2016 Spring Recital 2 of 2 was a success! Congrats to the Fischer Studio of Music students who were part of our second 2016 Spring Recital. This recital was more relaxed than our first recital of Spring 2016. It was later in the week after our first recital this season. We survived! And thrived!
We had a small group of three students (plus me) who were able to perform in this recital. We ended up with one pianist and the rest of us played harp. We were expecting at least a few more musicians, but the students who were present really stepped up! They went with the flow and even added some extra pieces last minute! Nice job guys! #TheShowMustGoOn
One of the students in particular was especially kind to talk to many of the residents following the recital. It was so sweet.
Proud of my students! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful job!
Do you encourage your students to participate in service-oriented activities? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on Twitter!
For other recitals, click on the recital category.
I have yet to host a music summer camp, but I'd really like to do it at some point. Here's a little roundup of inspiration if you're thinking of planning camp for your studio.
Have you hosted summer music camps? What are your top suggestions? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on Twitter.
P.S. For more music teaching ideas, follow this board on Pinterest!.
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