Wow! A lot has happened at Fischarper Headquarters (sounds fancy, eh?) in 2017! Read below for some highlights (not in a particular order).
Music Monday was semi-retired on the blog, but it made a re-appearance here.
The blog had it's first guest post!
Fischarper hosted its first giveaway.
I played a concert that was livestreamed to my Facebook page.
YouTubesDay was introduced...weekly videos started happening on my YouTube channel!
I finally completed #100DaysOfFischarpArt.
Fischarper launched t-shirts!
Of course there were quite a few blog posts, including crafts & roundups!
The Harp Column regrammed the upcycled DIY String End Bottle project.
The free ecourse Breezing Through Bass Clef launched.
I won a prize for "24 Hours Without A Sail...it isn't safe."
The Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store was announced.
I attempted to raise funds for hurricane relief through the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store, but nothing sold during that time. That's ok!
I posted a mini-series, #KeysToMeetYou, over on Instagram.
The 3rd edition of Making Harp Lessons Exciting for Young Children is available!
I met Katherine Siochi! Stay tuned for a blog special!
The first newsletter was sent to the Fischarper email list!
A few YouTube highlights:
The blindfolded harpist challenge
Harp & fidget spinner?
What are some highlights from your 2017? Let me know in the comments, on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Can you believe Christmas is in a little over a week?
Here's a roundup of 5 quick & easy DIY gifts from the blog this year for you to make for your music-loving friends. Don't forget to take a gander at the Crafts category of the blog for even more projects!
Do you have some wooden curtain rings just waiting to become a craft project? Whip up some of these DIY Music-Themed Wreaths!
Try out some embossed candles.
Have a colleague/teacher/friend who loves her job? Make an I Heart My Job/Harpist t-shirt as a gift!
If you decide to make this DIY Foil Harp Art, it's a great excuse to start eating your Christmas candy. :)
Has your Christmas baking left you with empty extract bottles? Upcycle them into gifts using this DIY String End Bottle tutorial. It was regrammed by Harp Column too!
There you have it! If you want more ideas, head over to the Crafts category of the blog. Add an extra special touch by wrapping your gift in this Stamped Harp Gift Wrap and DIY Harp String Bow!
Need some Christmas music to enjoy as you're making these gifts? Head over to my #24DaysOfChristmasMusic & Christmas Music playlists on YouTube!
Be sure to show me your projects by tagging me (@fischarperjr) on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!
A few strings broke on my harp not too long ago (thanks, Irma! [maybe?]), and I do not enjoy changing strings! So, I thought I'd put together a little roundup of some resources that might be helpful!
This string octave chart with the staff from Sylvia Woods Harp Center could be really helpful!
So are you a string replacing wiz? Or not? Or somewhere in between?
Are there any great resources out there that I missed?
It's time for a roundup of Halloween Music Activities on the blog! (In case you couldn't tell by the title...)
Share this Music Monday with your students!
Did you have a Fall Performance Party?
Here's a past roundup of Halloween music activities.
And don't forget to pick up your printable Halloween packet from the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store!
What are some Halloween or Fall themes music activities you'd like to try in your studio?
Skeleton picture from Pixabay.
Happy summer! Enjoy these five activities from the archives to add a fun spin into your summer music lessons.
Try this dynamic sticker activity with your young students.
Have your students make an upcycled musical instrument.
Try out this macaroni harp printable activity.
While you've got the macaroni out, how about giving this macaroni harp string necklace a try?
Finally,encourage your students to practice the musical alphabet and music literacy with this printable note of the week activity.
The summer would also be a great time to try out some products from the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store or the free Breezing Through Bass Clef ecourse!
And there you have it! Which was your favorite? Or do you prefer another project from the blog that didn't make it to this roundup?
Spring recital time is quickly approaching! Whether this will be your first time planning a studio recital, or you're a veteran of the practice, we can always learn something new!
Below are some resources for your recital planning adventures.
You can also head over to the recitals category to read a little about some of my past studio recitals.
What's your best advice for recital planning? Or what is your biggest concern? Let me know in the comments or on social media!
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out her free ecourse, “Breezing Through Bass Clef,” the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And you can sign up to receive Fischarper updates by joining the email list.[Boiler Plate]
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It's time for this year's Easter Roundup! (See last year's Easter Roundup too.)
Here are seven Easter-y music activities from the internet (including a few from yours truly). Most are free, but the last one is inexpensive. :)
Do you have a favorite activity to do around Easter time?
original image in title from Pixabay
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
Quirky handbags are so fun! Who am I kidding? Quirky stuff in general is fun! This little roundup was inspired by "Lute-shaped bag, Brevets, 1940s" in the 2009 365 Days of Handbags. I can't find it on the internet, but it seems to be either from the collection of Sandy Schreier or the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje.
You can see some other bags (some music-themed, some not) that I've pinned here.
Which is your favorite? Do you think these are over the top, or just right?
Christmas will soon be here! Check below for 5 mostly quick and easy diy projects to make for your music-loving friends!
Make a "Meowcel" Grandjany catnip harp for all the kitty harpists you know. If you don't want to sew, check out the no-sew "O'Catalan" version.
Upcycle a t-shirt to have a harp cut-out on the back.
Give a letter opener to a musical twist.
Personalize some pressed powder - great for touching up makeup on gig breaks!
Stamp, bake, and assemble some musical earrings.
Which of these do you want to make? While you're in the crafting mood, you can also make one of these gift boxes with a tag like this. Do you want to make them for a teacher, student, colleague, or someone else? Please let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and show me your projects. And don't forget to pin (they changed the term to save, didn't they? Oh well. Save, pin, whichever) this to Pinterest.
Have a wonderful Christmas season!
P.S. I'd love to hear about your Christmastime gigs too!
I'm a fan of free stuff. :) So to celebrate the upcoming Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26, 2016), here's a roundup of 10 FREE business resources! Some I use; some I'd like to look into more.
What free resources do you use the most? I'd love to hear on on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments!
What are your favorite business resources (paid or free), and why do you like them? Please share on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments!
Welcome to the blog! I'm Barbara, and I work as a freelance harpist and private music educator. You can read my bio here. On the blog, you can find posts about various aspects of this career path, especially teaching and crafty stuff. Thank you for stopping by! I'd love to hear from you in the comments or on social media. And don't forget to subscribe to the email list for updates!
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