Welcome to HarpsCool

Welcome to HarpsCool, where children have fun learning music!





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Heads up – it’s competition time!

Sunday October 28th

Clocks go back that morning be careful!

12 midday is the best time to come. The contest and judging will start around 12 and be finished by 1.30

All entries will be judged bt professional adjudicator David beer from the Federation of Festivals.

At 1.30 there will be a concert in which your child (and you?) can perform with professionals and amateurs so hang around and sign up!

This is probably your last chance to join the contest in Bristol – it’s likely the whole Festival will be in Birmingham or Manchester next year.

There is a trophy for first, second and third place and we will have a few extra prizes for ‘also-ran’ performers so something for everyone.

The venue is Bristol Folk House, 40A Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG


The full festival details are here


The HarpsCool mission is:

  • to introduce children to the wonderful world of music
  • to provide a thoroughly excellent and fun experience for everyone involved – children, schools, parents, teachers and the community
  • to provide excellent grounding in music through tunes, improvisation, performance, research, reading music, and composition
  • to make a positive difference to each child’s life by boosting their self esteem and confidence through music
  • to make a positive difference to schools, parents, our teachers and the greater community through the power of music
  • to grow HarpsCool slowly and strongly with integrity
  • to exceed expectations

If you are considering having lessons please press the big red ‘MORE INFO’ button (top right)

If you've been given a start date please click here

If you have paid for the first lessons please REGISTER NOW (or press ‘New? Register here’ at the top) to have access to a wealth of music for your child to play along with. You also will see their lesson dates and their HarpsCool teacher’s profile. How to register – short video

Once registered, please log in to access groovy things here

  • Under the ‘Music/Videos/Books’ tab are the Music Books, where you can download entire CD/books for your children to play along with. See FAQs if you would like help with downloading.
  • Under the same tab is the Tunes page, where you will see a growing bank of music for the children to play.

‘A musical childhood boosts the brain’


Playing music makes you smarter? The ‘Mozart effect’?

Learning to play music at a young age is ‘proven’ to make you smarter, more focused, more aware, more aware of others (having better friendships), more succesful, less stressed, more attractive, more able to cope with problems, more popular and have a better life. Read the research and see what you think. Must be true if it’s in the Financial Times!

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