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Holly's Harps

Artist's Narrative

 Holly's Harps Harpist Holly Pratt travels in the U.S. and abroad, bringing hands-on musical experience to students in many settings. About 24,000 students each year participate in the Holly's Harps program, and Holly tunes 600 harp strings every day before the kids arrive! Ms. Pratt's highly effective multi-disciplinary curriculum focuses on Ohio curriculum standards and has been recognized with the Continuing Creativity Teacher's Award. The Holly's Harps program had been featured in newspapers, on television, and on public radio. In addition to working with your students, Holly performs in concert with the trio Lyrica, New York's Hudson Greene, and chamber ensembles in the United Kingdom. With Lyrica she recently released The Crystal Spring, a CD of "music to soothe the soul."

Availability

Upon request. Residency programming also available.
Fees listed are for Columbus-area schools. This artist is based in Cincinnati.

Programs Available

The Science and Math of Musical Sound (Grade levels K-12)

This program centers on Ohio standards for music, science, math. You may book either assemblies only, or assemblies plus hands-on workshops. Activities are adjusted for each age group. 30 small harps are provided.

Assemblies
Available in versions for Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High School.

Concepts and vocabulary (age-appropriate for group) in curriculum areas:
Music: Basic musical concepts. Music for special purposes. Styles of music playable on a harp. Listening to identify specific sounds.
Science: How sound is created. Vibration. Potential and kinetic energy. Representing sound as a wave. What is frequency? Elements that make sound high, low, soft, loud. Function of a sound box. How materials affect sound. Why is a harp shaped like that? How does instrument size affect sound?
The Math of Music: Calculating frequencies (intermediate level and up). Patterns of notes. Rhythmic patterns.
Historical Thinking: A theory about invention of the harp. Harps in ancient cultures. Role of the musician in a particular time and place.
Language Arts: Music-related vocabulary in three languages. Breaking down words to find meaning.

Workshops
Available in versions for each grade, pre-K-12 
Every student is provided with a harp to use. The workshops offer hands-on exploration of scientific concepts, focused on Ohio standards.

Features of workshops:
Hands-on: Every student is provided with a harp to use.
Science and Math: The workshops offer hands-on exploration of scientific concepts, focused on Ohio standards.
Music-making: Every student will play a song with age-appropriate skills.
Higher-level music concepts: Intermediate and higher employ harmony and improvisation.
Optional graphing: A harp-based graphing activity is available for hands-on workshops grade 3 and up. School provides paper and pencils. (Consult artist about amount of time required for graphing.)
Activity Options:
The Science & Math: assemblies only
  • Duration: Assemblies are 30 min. for K-2; 45-60 min. for older groups per your wishes.
  • Fees: $650 for up to three assemblies. FEES REDUCED by $50 per school if two schools book assemblies for the same day.
  • Requirements: 350 students max. Assemblies are age-specific (primary, intermediate and middle school)
The Science & Math: full day of assemblies & workshops
  • Duration: Assemblies are 30 min. for K-2; 45-60 min. for older groups per your wishes. Workshops are 30-90 min., depending on age.
  • Fees: $950/ full day including assemblies and hands-on workshops.
    An entire day of activities, typically one or more assemblies followed by hands-on workshops for remainder of the school day. No limit on number of activities in a full day.
  • Requirements: Maximum 350 students per assembly; maximum 30 students per workshop for grades 3 and above; maximum 60 students per workshop for grades 2 and below. 30 small harps are provided.