My name is Lyrika Holmes and I am an internationally known performing artist with over 23 + years of experience as a harpist, singer, actress, and educator. I am the founder of nonprofit, Artz for the Harp, and author of the AFTH Method Book. My qualifications include GA- Music Education Certification, an AA in music, B.M. Ed, and an M.M.Ed. As a music educator, I have 23 + years teaching students prek-12th grade in public and private schools. In the schools I taught: ORFF/general music, chorus, harp, orchestra, band, music appreciation, music history and theater. My Philosophy of Music Education is that all students can experience success through music. For music can connect with students on a variety of levels, while also providing integral life skills such as: self-discipline, responsibility, self-expression, patience, teamwork and more. Thus, helping students who may not achieve academically, find solstice and success through the arts.
Arts Disciplines: Music
Core Content Curriculum Areas: Theatre/Drama, Music, Dance
Specialized Content Areas: Arts Integration, STEAM
Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Special Populations: ELL (English Language Learners), At-Risk Students, Dyslexic Students, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Students, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students, LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex) students, Exceptional Learners (students with disabilities as well as those who are gifted and talented
Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Post-Secondary/Pre-Service Learning, Professional Development for K-12 Teachers, Professional Development for Teaching Artists
Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, South Georgia
School-based Classroom Workshop(s), School-based Afterschool Program, School-based Residency Program, School-based Summer Program
Community-based Workshop(s), Community-based Afterschool Program, Community-based Summer Program
Hybrid Online and In-Person Content for Schools, Hybrid Online and In-Person Content for Communities, Hybrid Online and In-Person Content for Summer Programs
- Program I fees – $175.00/ student for 15 students. The total fee includes instructor fees per week for 12 weeks, materials, and other program expenses.
- Program II fees – $265.00/ student for a full-day program from 9 am to 3 pm. The fee includes artists’ materials, location rental fees, snacks, instructors, and other program expenses. The camp is a day camp.
- Program III fees – $250.00 but was covered through our sponsors. Therefore, it was free for the participants.
I am a performing artist with over 25 years of experience performing worldwide as a harpist, singer, and teacher. I am also the founder of the nonprofit Artz for the Harp, author of the AFTH Method Book and actress. In the teaching field, I have 22 years of music education teaching experience for students of all ages. I am a certified GA music teacher, and I have my AA, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Masters in Music in Music Education.
As a music educator, I have 23 + years of experience teaching students from preK-12th grade s in public and private schools in Missouri, Tennessee, and Georgia. Within the schools, I taught: ORFF/general music, chorus, harp, orchestra, band, music appreciation, music history and theater.
My Philosophy of Music Education is that all students have the ability to experience success through music. As a professional educator, it is my job to provide students with musical experiences that will create growth and provide a positive outlet. Through my many years in music education, I have witnessed students who may not achieve academically, find solstice and success in the arts. As an educator, it is my job to equip students with the tools and musical experiences needed to become well-rounded leaders. Especially during times when students may feel muted and unheard, music connects to them socially and emotionally, providing an artistic tool of self-expression.
I have said all this to reinforce the importance, Music Education has within our societies. Not only does it provide students with ways to express themselves, it helps them to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally as an individual, and as a collaborative part of a classroom, cohort, or ensemble. As educators we know the power of music and its ability to connect with students on various levels, while providing integral life skills such as: self-discipline, responsibility, self-expression, patience, teamwork and much more. Music Education will provide students with lasting memories, an appreciation for music, and a skill that they may develop throughout their lives either as a hobby, or a potential career.
As an artist and educator, it is also my belief that to teach a subject, you too must be a lifelong learner. Our field is constantly growing and advancing; therefore, it is important for us to grow with it to prepare the next generation.
Program I –
AFTH 12-week course
Here is a sample course module outline for a 12-week program.
Program II –
AFTH Summer Camp Programs
Attached to this is a sample of our summer camp programs that meet daily for 9 days and include a multiple arts format.
Program III –
Workshop for Seniors
We provided a one-time 75-minute workshop to Cobb Senior Services. The program served 23 senior citizens of Cobb County. Seniors were provided with harps, harp straps for support, instructional materials, and 4 instructors during the class.
- The lesson began with a brief introduction of the staff Different types of Harps and the parts of the harp Students first learned the strings of the harp
- Next, they correlated the string names with the letters of the music
- Songs Learned: (Ode to Joy & You are My Sunshine)
- Class Performance: All students performed Ode to Joy together. More advanced students played with staff members; you are my sunshine. The class concludes with a performance by Lead instructor and staff.
Sample Lesson Plans/Study Guides:
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