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Troni
1 post
Jul 14, 2020
11:13 AM
Hello,
does anybody know if there are some universities where you can study diatonic harmonica as a subject?
Gnarly
2846 posts
Jul 14, 2020
11:53 AM
George
is getting his doctorate, he is on a mission to put harmonicas into schools, but he doesn't have a teaching position at this time, AFAIK.

Last Edited by Gnarly on Jul 14, 2020 11:54 AM
Martin
1661 posts
Jul 14, 2020
5:28 PM
Where are you in the world?
In Sweden there are openings -- e g The Royal Academy of Music-- but I can´t give you the details. Check ut their website, if you´re prepared to move up here (where it pretty much seems like we´re once again going to miss out on another summer).
SuperBee
6762 posts
Jul 14, 2020
6:45 PM
This reminded me of something I read a few years back about a person who was trying to use diatonic harmonica as his instrument in whatever formal music education course he was applying for.
Definitely was in Europe

I don’t know if it is related to what I am vaguely recalling but I found this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/976548.stm
Diggsblues
2253 posts
Jul 15, 2020
5:03 AM
Temple University Boyer College of Music.
I did it on Chromatic Harmonica in the Jazz Program.
You will have to be able to read music and pass an audition.I worked my butt off there playing classical music as well.
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Sarge
795 posts
Jul 15, 2020
6:12 AM
Bravo Diggs!!!
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nacoran
10282 posts
Jul 15, 2020
1:08 PM
I suspect there are places in Asia too.

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Raven
187 posts
Jul 22, 2020
1:28 PM
Welcome to the forum, Troni. Seems we have been getting quite a few new members with so many people being stuck at home. Where do you hail from? And, BTW, check out the University of North Dakota for their harp program.
Troni
2 posts
Aug 03, 2020
12:19 PM
Thanks to everyone for the tips!
@Raven: I'm a harp player from Germany. The home of the harmonica ;) Playing folk and world music, but starting out with blues, too.
Diggsblues
2259 posts
Aug 04, 2020
3:54 AM
@Raven I didn't see a Harmonica program at UND, do you have a link? I would like see what's in their program.

Thanks
Diggs
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Raven
190 posts
Aug 04, 2020
1:49 PM
@Diggs: I don't have a link...they showed up when I searched for a University that featured studies for harmonica, but I only find various music studies on their website, nothing specifically mentioning harp. Since Troni is from Germany, he probably has a better chance of finding programs right there. As you know, our instrument is relegated to a second or third rate position. Classical training has always seemed to center on piano and violin followed by the brass and woodwinds. With the advent of rock's popularity, focus has shifted to guitar. If you remember, early rock featured a lot of sax and even organ. Just yesterday I downloaded a number of Dave "Baby" Cortez songs from 1959 on. I'm willing to bet that accordion players have more trouble than we do with the concept that they are only for polkas or zydeco.
Troni
5 posts
Aug 05, 2020
6:01 AM
@Raven: It may be hard to believe, but they don't offer any studies for diatonic harmonica here to become bachelor or master. You can study chromatic harmonica at a music university in Vienna, but diatonic - no way. :/
Sundancer
365 posts
Aug 05, 2020
9:27 AM
Even if a US university did offer a harmonica curriculum, It’d now have to be home based e-learning due to the CV. Which means it’d be like all Private University based education in the USA - usuriously overpriced. When we returned to the US in 2012 after living 15 yers abroad (Sydney & London) the biggest surprise we got, no - not red states & blue states, was how bloody expensive university education had become. $50K a year? After tax money?!? IMO this business model has been exposed in the pandemic and is about to break.

Sign up for David Barrett’s classes instead. Great value for money.

Last Edited by Sundancer on Aug 05, 2020 4:00 PM
Gnarly
2877 posts
Aug 05, 2020
9:29 AM
Filip Jers got a degree or two.
timeistight
2311 posts
Aug 05, 2020
11:55 AM
“Filip Jers got a degree or two.”

On cello, I think.
Gnarly
2878 posts
Aug 05, 2020
5:22 PM
Filip Jers received his Master Degree of Fine Arts in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 2011. He was the first harmonica player ever to study there.
timeistight
2312 posts
Aug 06, 2020
12:36 AM
I stand corrected.
Raven
191 posts
Aug 06, 2020
5:07 AM
I found this: https://www.jammusiclab.com/academics/bachelor-arts-music/harmonica
A440
565 posts
Aug 07, 2020
12:48 PM
Filip Jers.

There was also a guy in the Netherlands - he used to have a blog about playing all 12 positions with a single harp. I don't remember his name. But it seems that he challenged the university to let him be a music major on diatonic harp, and succeeded.
Gnarly
2879 posts
Aug 07, 2020
3:15 PM
@timeistight He started on cello, but they accepted him into the program as a harmonica player.
It's an uphill climb.
Thievin' Heathen
1214 posts
Aug 07, 2020
5:18 PM
"It's an uphill climb."
Especially if you're carrying a cello.
Gnarly
2880 posts
Aug 07, 2020
5:35 PM
@thievin;


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