Children's Pentatonic Harp/Lyre
bella luna toys, Music, Waldorf Education

How to Choose a Pentatonic Harp / Kinder Lyre


Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, recommended thepentatonic harp or lyre (also known as a kinderharp or kinder lyre) as an ideal instrument for use with young children.

Its dreamy, quiet, and heavenly quality is calming and soothing for babies, toddlers and young children, and it’s simple enough for children and adults with little or no musical background to play.

Tuned in the five-note pentatonic scale (D, E, G, A, B, d, e), anything played on the instrument will sound beautiful and harmonious. There are no wrong notes!

I get phone calls and emails every week asking about the differences between the various pentatonic harps and lyres that we sell at Bella Luna Toys, so in this week’s video I demonstrate the differences between them, talk about the benefits of these instruments for in early childhood, and let you actually hear them.

Instruments Demonstrated:

I hope I’ve answered your questions, but if not, leave your comments and questions here and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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  • Reply Mama Songbird February 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Michelle Marinelli Prindle
    Thank you , Sarah, this was wonderful. My husband and I are both musicians (he a cellist and I was trained as an opera singer) and we always wondered the reason behind the emphasis on pentatonic music, but no one so eloquently explained it before. Thank you!

    • Reply Sarah Baldwin March 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Oh, Michelle,*you* are Mama Songbird! I just answered a question you posted in this week’s video. (Accidentally published a day early instead of on Sunday!)

      • Reply Mama Songbird March 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        Yes, that’s me! Kind of like you, I was an opera singer before I had children and discovered Waldorf Education. It’s been a wonderful, life-enriching experience. Thank you!

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