1) The students will use a computer and the internet to conduct research on the harp.
2) The students will be able trace the development of the harp since its creation in ancient Egypt through modern times.
3) The students will be able to distinguish between different types of harps and list facts about each.
4) The students will learn the basics of playing the harp through the use of an online virtual harp program.
1) Begin the lesson by showing the students the YouTube below to make them familiar with the sound of the harp. This is a video of a young man named Benjamin Creighton Griffiths playing jazz on the harp. He is only 5 years old. This video will also show them that children can become accomplished harpists.
2) The teacher will then divide the class into partners or small groups. This activity can also be accomplished individually if you have access to a computer lab. Each group or pair will work using the computer to research the history of the harp. They will use the first website listed below as their source of information. If computer access is not available the website may be printed into an informational article. The students will complete The History of the Harp Work Sheet either individually or in their small groups.
3) After the worksheet is completed the students can visit the Virtual Harp website listed as the second site below. They can practice playing songs and the class can have a harp recital using the Virtual Harp website. There are brief directions on the History of the Harp Worksheet.
History of the Harp
Try Playing the Harp Yourself
Watch the Harp Played by a Young Boy
How to Make a Harp for Children
How to Make a Cardboard Harp
How to Make Homemade Stringed Harps
How to Make a Shoebox Harp
Credits: This lesson was developed by Robert McClelland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District.