Hands on Harps

Building Confidence and Self-Esteem One Harp At A Time

This program is perfect for younger groups of children and introduces them to the instrument, basic music principles, the history of the harp and includes a “hands on” element. Optionally the “hands on” element can be extended making the session more of a workshop/practical and less like a presentation/lecture format.

Some Benefits Of Learning To Play An Instrument

  • Learning How To Succeed By Doing Your Best
  • Social Skills
  • Sense Of Acceptance
  • Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Hand-eye co-ordination Motor Skills

The ‘Hands On Harps’ program is perfect when you have between 45 minutes and 90 minutes available and lends itself nicely to special presentations or regular curriculum inclusion. Watch the Girl Guides enjoy their experience learning how to play the harp.

Recently a customized version of the program was approved by the Girl Guides of Canada and is now available to GGC Team Leaders and Guiders as part of the girl’s green level activities toward their music badge and core programming.

Hands on Harps helps give children and youth a “voice” through music creativity while learning how to play the harp. Community music programs help introduce children to new people and experiences. These workshops allow children to engage in social and creative activities while feeling part of a larger community. Children learn about trust and develop interpersonal skills and friendships. See for yourself in the Happy Harping Girl Guide video.


We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.