Over the past 20 years I have conducted well over 100 introductory harmonica workshops. Within the first few minutes workshop participants are playing simple folk songs from the mid-1800s on their very own brand new harmonicas.
Harmonicas were first made by watchmakers in Austria and Germany in the 1830s and were first mass produced in Germany in 1857, so this activiity can fit many historically focused events.
It is possible to arrange to have me include a mini-harmonica workshop in my “The ‘Tradition’ in Traditional Folk Music” or my “Nebraska Territory Stories” presentations that are offered thru the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau program. It’s fun to get the whole audience involved.
Participants in the focus groups during a Nebraska Arts Council AiS/C five day residency can have daily hands-on harmonica workshop sessions. This works particularly well in class sized groups in schools. A concert on the last day of the residency could feature these groups playing their very own brand new harmonicas.
These grants would not cover any of the cost of the harmonicas.
Based on my costs for the last batch of harmonicas I bought I can provide Clearly Colorful Hohner Harmonicas (10 hole diatonic in the key of C with plastic tops and bottoms) at $3.00 per harmonica actually distributed. This cost pertains to the quantity I have left from that order. The cost per harmonica could change if my cost increases next time I place an order.
Each harmonica comes in a plastic pouch with a sticker stating "Recommended for ages 3+", but this activity works best for 7 years old and up.
Email David for more information.
Workshops may be scheduled to last from 15 to 90 minutes.
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