Mother's Day is approaching! Looking for a harp-related gift for your mom? Or for a mother-figure? Or just someone you want to give a harp gift to? The Fischarper blog's got you covered!
Read on for a roundup of some harp-related gifts! Most -- but not all -- are from the Fischarper brand. There are gifts to purchase & gifts to DIY on the list!
How about this harpist cotton tote bag from the Fischarper store for groceries or music?
Maybe she'd enjoy a harper or a harpist t-shirt.
Does your mom love her job as a harpist? How about this I Heart My Job mug from the Fischarper store?
Has your mom always wanted to learn to play the harp? Why not gift her one of these sweet Fireside Folk Harps & some cyber lessons (at the time of posting, you can get 20% off your first lesson with me!)?
I was gifted one of these cool tuning keys years ago....they have pretty tuning keys for Camac harps too!
Are you more the DIY type? Well, look no further than some Fischarper DIY projects! There's no need to spend money; you can show your love with a little bit of time.
Try your hand at this Embossed Harp Candle.
Make some DIY Treble Clef Earrings or some DIY Clay Music Earrings.
Upcycle some used harp strings with this DIY Harp Embroidery.
For the final touch, you can wrap your gift in this Stamped Harp Gift Wrap & top it off with a Harp String Bow!
Not enough ideas? Check out the Fischarper Tictail Shop & the Fischarper Blog's craft category for even more ideas!
What are you doing for Mother's Day? I'd love to see a picture of your mom & her gift on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Enjoy this week’s Fischarper video! It’s "My Cup Runneth Over."
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Here is a selection of videos from the channel. Be sure to check it out!
What kind of videos would you like to see? Do you have any song requests? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
It's giveaway time! Have you been eyeballing the Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children pdf ebook? Here's your chance to win one! (Don't want to wait? Grab yours in the Fischarper TpT store or through the Sylvia Woods Harp Center.)
Official Rules/How To Enter
Entries will be counted through 11:59 EST on April 16, 2018. Alternate methods of entry must be postmarked by April 16, 2018 and email must be received by 11:59 EST on April 16, 2018.
1 winner will receive a PDF of Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, 3rd ed. (approximately $8.95 value). Prize is non-transferable.
Giveaway is limited to US residents 18 and over. Immediate family members of Fischarper, LLC’s founding and managing member are ineligible.
The giveaway can be entered via fischarper.com/list. To enter, sign up for the Fischarper email list. As an alternative method of entry, follow the two (2) steps below:
1. Send a postcard with your email address (must be postmarked by April 16, 2018) to:
7950 Dani Dr. Suite 140 PMB #23
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2. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (by 11:59 EST on April 16, 2018) stating that you have mailed the postcard.
One entry per person. The winner will be chosen randomly (such as pulling a name out of a hat or assigning a number and using a program like random.org) from the list of email subscribers and any alternate entries.
Within 8 days of the end of the giveaway the winner will be informed via email. Notified winner will have 72 from this notification to accept the prize with a response email. Failure to respond to this notification within 72 hours will be considered a rejection of the prize, and an alternate winner may be selected. A list of winners can be obtained 14 days after the end of the giveaway by emailing email@example.com.
The prize will be delivered via email.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway is sponsored by Fischarper, LLC.
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Original mockup image by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash. edited.
Many thanks to the artist's J.D. for the excellent resources, including tips on how to run a giveaway!
In October of 2017, I got to meet Katherine Siochi, former AHS concert artist, 2016 Gold Medalist of the USA International Harp Competition, & current principal harpist with the Sarasota Orchestra (among other accomplishments)! We met for coffee at The Reserve, where we chatted for this interview. I have quite a bit of material, so it's split into a multiple blog posts (see some of Katherine's thoughts on tech & social media here). Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook to be reminded when posts go up!
Katherine recently moved from NYC to Sarasota. When I asked her about the differences between gigging in New York & gigging in Sarasota, I learned some interesting things! I hope you will too in this quick read!
How is being a harpist in Sarasota different from being a harpist in New York?
Well, it's...different just because I haven't lived here very long, but in New York, you have to pay for a car or a harp mover or an uber xl [for gigging]....'cause I didn't have a car there so anytime you do a gig there's this huge extra cost to just get your harp to and from the venue. So now that I have a car here, it's really nice to be able to move my harp on my own, for free, well the cost of the car, but I have that anyways. So that's one big difference that's really nice.
There are definitely way more harpists in New York, and so it's much more competitive to get gigs...there are way fewer harpists [in Sarasota], so you're gonna be in higher demand...Fewer people looking for harp lessons, or maybe I just haven't found them yet....I would like to have more students. Definitely in New York you’re a small fish in a big pond.
And there's the second installment of my interview with Katherine Siochi! See the first part posted here. Be sure to go check out her Instagram!
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*Fischarper interviews may be edited for accuracy (spelling, punctuation, etc.), sentence flow (primarily verbal interviews), & space.
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 store. 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.
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!
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