Harmonica Songs And Lessons - Classroom Harmonica Course
This book is tailored for music teachers who have never taught harmonica (because I walk you through it), and students who have never played a musical instrument.
You and your students will need a C major harmonica for this course.
About the download:
The idea of this product is to get students playing quicker than they normally would. That means more time for them to work on their timing and tone, experience muscle memory, or for you to explain the theory.
✫ all bars are numbered..that's a big help when you're teaching a a song to a class.
✫ beat numbers for every exercise and song
✫ tons of graphics
✫ note names
✫ crisp images (still gorgeous when using an "economy ink" setting)
✫ written on Lilypond (software which renders the highest
-quality sheet music)
✫ at least 3 classroom-practice mp3's for each song and exercise.
What's in the download:
✫ a full preview of the book
✫ excerpts from the book and their corresponding mp3's
✫ a teacher key (excerpts) that shows you step-by-step, how to teach the entire course.
The entire course is here: Beginning Harmonica - Complete
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I teach harmonica to full classes. Apparently, it's the only one of it's kind in the city. Most of my students have never played a musical instrument. They come in all ages and backgrounds. In 10 weeks (sometimes 9), they not only learn to read music, play through 19 exercises and 20 songs (some very intricate stuff there), they also discover something in themselves....they really are musical. :)
What sets this book apart from the others is, there's a clear lesson plan: 10 weeks and it is geared toward teaching large groups. Of course your classes can take longer or could be one-on-one. That was just the mandate I was under.
How do I do it? or I should say; How do my students do it?
Planning....more specifically, building on successes. I introduce the right exercises and songs at the right time, and keep piling it on. It's a gift ;) (kidding).
I make sure I have all the tools to keep it rolling i.e. numbered bars and mp3's...I don't know how I could do it without them.
Good To Know:
Hohner makes a cheap harmonica for kids that come in all sorts of colors. I've seen them go for $7.00 on eBay. Honestly, I never played one, but they are very highly rated. Just Google or eBay "Hohner Kids Clearly Colorful Translucent Harmonica".
Adults should use Hohner- "Special 20's" - $45.00. They are more expensive, but worth every penny. The "industry standard" if you ask any pro....and a pretty cheap way to get started in music if you ask me.
There are cheaper adult harmonicas: Hohner "Hot Metal" for 12 bucks, but they should be tested in the music store. The store should have harmonica tester on hand. I used a Hot Metal for a couple years in my classes, but eventually "broke down" and got a Special 20.
I do not recommend any others. Always in the key of C for teaching.
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