As school is about to get back in swing, here's a list of recommended materials for your/your students' lesson and practice bag. I include practice, because these supplies are very helpful for practice as well! The word essentials isn't entirely accurate, because of course you can have an effective lesson even if a student forgets some of the materials. But "essentials" sounds better than "recommendations" in the title. :) The top of the list applies to music students in general, and the second part includes additional materials for harp students.
What do you recommend students bring to lessons? Do you require it or recommend it?
Anddd.....the lovely folks of Virginia Harp Center have offered a discount code to readers! Just enter the coupon code FIRST10 at checkout to receive 10% off any item in their online store. You can also get free shipping on any order over $150 without a code. So, go stock up on some rad tuning keys (is there such a thing as too many?) or whatever else your little harp-heart might need.
Broken strings? Just restrung your harp? Upcycle them! Not only can you sometimes tie them to make them still playable (exhibit A, exhibit B), but you can also use them for a fun craft project! Try assigning your student to make something out of used harp strings. You can let the student have creative say and you never know how you'll be pleasantly surprised!
You could also try your hand at something like this, found on the University of Illinois' harp department Facebook page.
String crafts could be a fun activity for a music camp as well. Harp strings are so pricey, it's a shame to just toss them! Plus, reusing is not only trendy as a "green" activity, it's also fun, free/inexpensive, and lowers the amount of waste!
If you or your students make some harp string art, show me in the comments, on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! You could also certainly try this with other instrument strings!
What's the craziest thing you've seen made out of musical instrument strings?
Welcome to a round of Window Shopping! I haven't done this for quite awhile (I think this was my last one [maybe my only one?], over on my old blog space).
Anyway, I've rounded up some cute finds on Etsy for you to peruse! Some are sold, but I think most are still available. Even if the item I linked to has sold, check out the owners' shops and see if you find other goodies. Spoiler alert: there are some coupon codes at the end of the post!
1. A cool print from LaOohLaLaBoutique. #LookAtThoseThumbs
2. Finally, bass clef isn't being left behind with this cute bass clef ring from EllynBlue Jewelry.
3. Isn't this pink harpist cat ring from AllCatsAllTheTime precious?
4. Such a cute and quirky harpist dinosaur pendant by 11pixeli.
5. These Egyptian harpist charms from Dragynsfyre have sold, but you might be able to custom order.
6. Look at these fun harp tattoo tights from StopAndStareCo.
7. Isn't this little harpist statue (it's sold out too) from ChampagneAndGlitter sweet?
8. You could cook up some rad stuff for your next music get-together with this music embossing rolling pin from Mood for Wood.
9. Check out this adorable harpist raccoon watercolor print by QuickPony.
Guess what! I'm excited to announce that some of the shops were sweet enough to share coupon codes to their stores! Be sure to check them out! I believe these codes are for the purchase price (not including shipping).
EllynBlueJewelry is offering a 5% discount for an entire order of anything in the store to readers with the code "madewithlove" through July 31, 2016.
LaOohLaLaBoutique is offering 15% any one item off with the code "PRETTYPINUP" Apparently the print above is quite popular with the harp crowd (and understandably so!). Also, they gift wrap free of charge! What?! AND if use this coupon code on digitals, you don't have to worry about shipping charges!
StopAndStareCo is offering 10% off your entire order to readers with the code "HARP10" through September 1, 2016.
Do you love stickers as much as I do? Well, here's a DIY to help you organize and store them!
1) Trim the bottom of your bag(s) to make it the desired size. It will end up a little wider (from the bottom of the bag to the closure) once it's done.
2) Start taping one side of your bag. Start it a bit past the open end.
3) Tape the other side the same way.
4) Trim your tape.
5) Punch holes that correspond the rings in your binder. If necessary, add hole reinforcers. This will probably be more needed if you use packing tape than if you use duck tape.
6) Reinforce the holes. This is probably more necessary if you use packing tape than if you use duct tape.
7) Add a label so you know what's inside.
8) Repeat for as many as you need and fill with fun stickers! You can get festive tape on sale after various holidays to match the bags to their contents. :)
If you make one, I'd love to see it! You can link in the comments, or show me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
Where's your favorite place to get stickers?
Do you have a student thinking of quitting music? Many of us go through those phases where we want to quit. I know I have!
Below are some ideas to think about when working through this time with your student. Some I've used, some I haven't.
What do you do when students want to quit? I'd love to hear what's worked and what hasn't in the comments, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on Twitter!
P.S. Have you been to my YouTube channel lately? Check below for my harp cover of Little Big Town's "Girl Crush."
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