Harman’s harmonies: the method is in their musical melodies

From ‘The Wizard to Oz’ to ‘Ode to Joy’, their tinkling on the ivories was of the highest order

With spring in the air, it was time for another of the annual Harman Music Methods concerts, as 30 of their students presented piano pieces over the course of not one, but two evenings. The students were aged from five to 15, and played an extremely diverse concert programme, including jazz, classical, pop, nursery rhymes, and even some original pieces composed by the student themselves.

The concerts arrangements put on by the Harman Music Methods never fail to deliver. The words ‘cheeky’, ‘inquisitive’, ‘creative’ and ‘bold’ came to mind every time the young students walk up to the massive Steinway grand and begin to make the instrument sing.

Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ enjoyed more than one recital – obviously a firm favourite with some of the students – and other highlights included a virtuoso study composed by Carl Czerny (1791–1857) from his School of Velocity, a jazzy rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, some Bach, some Mozart, and a piece by the French renaissance composer Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Of course, nerves and anticipation were in the air, but with a great supportive audience of family and friends, the students could only but shine. Thanks to some great work from the teachers Monikka Bergstrøm and John Harman, they were well prepared. 

Last April, the Harman Music Methods opened their new piano school in the north of Copenhagen. This has enabled them to provide excellent learning and concert facilities for their students. 

It’s a great place to send your kids if you want them to desert their iPhones, Xboxes or computers, even if it is just for a few hours every day. Children increasingly need to do something creative with their time: dance, writing, music, sport, art, cooking etc. And if they want to study piano, they can’t go wrong at the Harman Music Methods.

To find out more about the Harman Music Methods visit www.jhmms.org or ring 2896 3999.