Harmonica Workshops with David Seay

10 Hole Diatonic Harmonica

Over the past 20 years David has conducted well over 100 introductory harmonica workshops. Within the first few minutes workshop participants are playing actual folk songs on their very own harmonicas. The tunes are from the mid-1800s and since harmonicas were first mass produced in Germany in 1857 this activiity can fit many events that are historically focused.

Workshops may be scheduled to last from 15 to 90 minutes. Participants should be at least 6 years old. Participants get to keep their harmonicas.

Qualified non-profits may be able to apply for grants to help bring David to your community.

A one day, three to eight hour, “Folk Traditions Through Music” residency, featuring a hands-on introduction to harmonica mixed with a history lesson is available with the help of a Humanities Nebraska Category V: Residency. These residency programs are designed to be presented to one audience. They can be tailored to fit your particular group and situation.

It is also possible to include a mini-harmonica workshop in David’s “The ‘Tradition’ in Traditional Music” Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau program. This program features demonstrations and discussion on several old instruments. There are opportunities for volunteers from the audience to come up front and to get into the act but it's particularly 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.

Email David for more information.


“Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon and evening. Wow was that fun. I heard harmonica music from the trees (kids underneath) for the rest of Chautauqua. That was fun!!! Everyone enjoyed all of the instruments.”
...Committee Member
Grand Island Community Foundation Chautauqua 2013

“This presenter was awesome. He was very well prepared, enjoyable and interesting.”
...Harmonica workshop participant
Omaha Public Library


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