With drastic cuts in education and the arts, music has suffered greatly. But thanks to parents, teachers and administrators understanding the Seven Intelligences set forth by Howard Gardner in the 1980’s, they encourage their school supporters to add Harp Circles to their schools and after school programs.
Addressing the Musical and Rhythmic Intelligence is as important as addressing the Logical/Mathematical, Verbal/Linguistic and other Intelligences. We must aim to meet the learning styles of all children.
Jocelyn Obermeyer facilitates Rainbow of Sound programs for over 65 childrenin Phoenix. By offering Harp Circles in after school programs, children are gaining musical skills to carry forth into their adult years and finding wholesome activities for after-school hours.
I like harp because I see that I have some musical ability
I like Harp because it is fun and relaxing.
The Baby Harps are pretty and easy to learn on.
Harp class has helped me be more creative.
GIFTED and TALENTED PROGRAMS
Whereas IEPs are required for children with special needs, some children are not challenged enough in their classrooms. Developing a Harp Circle for them and taking music making to a higher degree of accomplishment provides these children with musical skills, social skills, and a sense of self-esteem. Very often these children are rejected by their same-age peers but becoming an integral part of a fine musical ensemble gives them a whole new direction in life.
All schools benefit from Harp Circles - public, private, pre-schools, gifted/talented and special needs.