Monthly Archives: March 2015

Zither Joy!


Photo by Shari Knight

We love bringing the joy of music to our customers! Here is what Shari Knight has to say:

It’s here!!! A big thank you to Bill LaCasse at Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments, and Debbie Center for their combined efforts. Such a beautiful hand crafted instrument. Today I am the happiest girl ever! #thesearemine #thekidsarejealous #getyoursown

Join Us At The Southeast Homeschool Convention!


Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments is proud to join World of Harmony Music at the 2015 Southeast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina from March 12 – 14. This event will be held at the TD Convention Center 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville, SC 29607. Parking is free and there will also be free admission to the Exhibition Hall on Thursday, March 12 from 6pm – 9pm. We hope to see you there!

How can something so simple have such a BIG impact?

Our granddaughter plays Mima's zither.

Our granddaughter plays Mima’s zither.

Many discerning parents have thought about giving their child’s intellectual and creative training an early start. And why not? There are many studies out there pointing to the fact that the mind of a young child can be a prime arena for learning. If you are planning a course of learning for your toddler, there are a few considerations to be made.  First, if musical training is among your choices, is your child too small to navigate a piano, or most other musical instruments?  Secondly, how much of an investment are you planning at this early stage of endeavor?  When I was a young parent, cost was always a factor. If you are a grandparent thinking of helping with your grandchild’s early education, cost may be a factor as well. Many instruments with lessons are not cheap.

A simple answer may be to find a way to introduce your child to music education with an inexpensive instrument that will be durable, can handle sticky fingers after lunch, and comes complete with its own learning system that will offer immediate results; something so simple that “Yes, even a parent can do this.”  So here is one very good solution for your family’s learning adventure.  The zither, or lap harp is small and inexpensive; especially when compared with many of the other instruments available. This musical instrument is extremely easy for small hands to navigate.  Naturally, parents should supervise their use.  Nevertheless, the simple plucking of the strings will easily produce rich and beautiful tones for everyone’s enjoyment.  When I first began playing music, one important notion that was impressed upon me early on was the likelihood that a poorly made instrument will produce poor tonal quality and may frustrate the new musician to the point of quitting.  Yet, with many instruments, quality often translates into higher cost.

At some point you may decide you want to provide your aspiring young musician with professional lessons.  At this stage of learning, this is not at all necessary.  Music books can be purchased inexpensively that can easily teach both you and your child to read music. The books fit between the bridges of the zither with notes carefully arranged that will direct you to pluck various melodies without knowing how to read music.  These same books also teach you and your children the basics of music theory so that everyone is learning to read music while already playing music.  One can naturally follow the other without the difficulty of an overly structured series of music lessons.  That can always come later.

Of course, I am speaking of zithers handcrafted by Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments and music books for zither produced by World of Harmony Music.  Our instruments close the gap between quality and expense.  They are the perfect choice for the early music education for your children, regardless of whether they are toddlers or teens.  The music books arranged for zither are in and of themselves a complete learning guide that can even translate into a music program for classes on a larger scale.  Together, it has become our mission to create the opportunity for everyone to experience a lifetime of musical enjoyment with high quality materials and craftsmanship at the most affordable prices.