Choroi Pentatonic Harp and Flute Set with Carrying case
The Choroi Pentatonic Harp or Lyre is an incredible high quality instrument that is designed to play the Pentatonic scale.
The instruments are extremely high quality and designed to last for generations.
The Choroi Pentatonic Harp, also known as “Kinderharp” or “Kinderlyre” in Waldorf schools, is tuned in the five-note pentatonic scale: d’ e’ g’ a’ b’ d’ e’.
The Choroi Kinderharp isconsidered one of the finest quailty pentatonic lyres made, and is used in many Waldorf school classrooms throughout Europe and the U.S.
Choroi instruments were created through a striving for a characteristic, radiant tone deriving its intensity from the properties of the wood used in their construction.
Its graceful, sculpted form and ethereal tone make the harp ideal for stimulating a young child’s ear and to stimulate free music making.
The harp can be given to a child, at age five or six, as a first string instrument.
The Pentatonic Scale
The Choroi Children’s Pentatonic Harp is a seven stringed instrument tuned in a pentatonic scale. This scale spans over five whole tone steps and is built up by an open fifth tuning. The special thing about the pentatonic scale is that whatever you do with it, it will always sound good. You can let the fingers stroll up and down the strings in any combination of tones and it gives you little sweet melodies all the time.
A light, almost heavenly scale that allows you to create music freely without the frustrations struggle with wrong notes or inharmonious sound.
The experience of the five tone scale is fundamental in all music. You can find it in new and ancient folk music, classical pieces as well as in popular music. Children all over the world, spontaneously sings it in various ways. For this reason it is the adult’s obvious companion in the work with children. From infancy up to the third grade, this scale meets the child’s inner need.
Pentatonic Scale Role in education
(this information is taken from Wikipedia for information)
The Orff system places a heavy emphasis on developing creativity through improvisation in children, largely through use of the pentatonic scale. Orff instruments, such as xylophones, bells and other metallophones, use wooden bars, metal bars or bells, which can be removed by the teacher, leaving only those corresponding to the pentatonic scale, which Carl Orff himself believed to be children’s native tonality.
Children begin improvising using only these bars, and over time, more bars are added at the teacher’s discretion until the complete diatonic scale is being used. Orff believed that the use of the pentatonic scale at such a young age was appropriate to the development of each child, since the nature of the scale meant that it was impossible for the child to make any real harmonic mistakes.
In Waldorf education, pentatonic music is considered to be appropriate for young children due to its simplicity and unselfconscious openness of expression. Pentatonic music centered on intervals of the fifth is often sung and played in early childhood; progressively smaller intervals are emphasized within primarily pentatonic as children progress through the early school years. At around nine years of age the music begins to center on first folk music using a six-tone scale, and then the modern diatonic scales, with the goal of reflecting the children’s developmental progress in their musical experience. Pentatonic instruments used include lyres, pentatonic flutes, and tone bars; special instruments have been designed and built for the Waldorf curriculum.