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Popular Online Harp Teachers

Joe C.

Cedar Rapids, IA
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Vanessa S.

Palm Springs, CA
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Janie W.

Olympia, WA
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Joe C. Cedar Rapids, IA

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Broadway Singing, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument. Expect student to have their own.

*** Specialties ***
All methods, styles, genres.

*** Play just to have fun or prepare for college, church and/or professional employment! ***

Vanessa S. Palm Springs, CA

Subjects Taught

Harp, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.

I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.

I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.

*** Lesson Details ***
What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.

Janie W. Olympia, WA

Subjects Taught

English, GRE, Harp, Piano, Violin

About Me

Harp
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After five years of begging my parents, I started playing the harp when I was 11. I started competing at 14, performing gigs at 16, and teaching at 17. I consider myself lucky because I found my passion early. I loved it from the beginning. But I also believe it doesn't matter when you find it: start from wherever you are and embrace it from there.

Also at 17, I played with a local city symphony €” my first symphony experience! By the time I was entering college, I was drawn to Celtic music, a soothing, folky counterpoint to classical. I do both!

Piano
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I began my piano studies at age 9. I love what piano does for ear training, for visualizing theory, and for all around musicianship! The piano is versatile and fundamental. Bach and Kabalevsky are my favorites for piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that persistent creativity is the most important skill I bring as a teacher. If one explanation, process, or method doesn't work for my student, I will create another.

I work to help students find and keep access to their internal motivation to play whatever it is and however it is they want to play.

Students get to set their own goals, and I get to help them reach them. If performance level play is what my student wants, I'll move with them toward that. If they want to play only five pieces for personal fulfillment, enjoyment, or even healing, that is what we move toward. I work with students to help them generally stick to whatever they set for themselves. If they commit to themselves to practice every day, that's what I expect; if they commit to themselves practice in feast or famine waves, that's what I expect. Together we find the cadence that works for the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home in a room dedicated to studio teaching; music stands, benches/stools, 3 harps, keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a harp for rent; otherwise, I expect the student to provide the instrument and the books.

*** Specialties ***
- Folk and classical harp (both pedal harp and lever harp), also some jazz harp (pedal harp only)
- Classical and modern traditional piano, folk and pop keyboard
- Classical violin

Diane S.

Byron, MN
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Anne R.

Placerville, CA
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Brandon K.

East Brunswick, NJ
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Diane S. Byron, MN

Subjects Taught

Choir, Clarinet, Crocheting, Flute, Harp, Knitting, Music Theory, Oboe, Reading, Saxophone, Sewing, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

My journey in music began when I was around 5 years old and first heard the children's choir sing in church. My mother used to tell me that I would beg her to let me sing in the choir but she would always have to tell me I wasn't old enough. As soon as I was old enough, she enrolled me in church choir and I've been in it ever since.

I have performed with the Rochester symphony orchestra and chorale, Rochester community band, Rochester civic music, church choirs and orchestras, Lake of the Isles community band, and performed Handel's Messiah at Carnegie hall in New York City. I've done some acting and singing in musicals as well.

As I got older, I discovered playing the clarinet was fun but never gave up singing. I just did them both. After becoming proficient on clarinet, I explored flute, oboe, saxophone and lastly, the celtic harp.

My philosophy on teaching is "you are never too old to experience the joy of making music on whatever instrument you choose and I will strive to help you discover your hidden musical talents".

During my 20+ years of teaching, I've had many students perform with local youth orchestras, receive superior ratings in high school music competitions, win concerto competitions, be excepted to perform with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in their playing with the pros program and go on to college to major or minor in music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be fun and not a chore so I like to really get to know my students and structure their lessons in a way so the student has fun but also feels like they have learned something new or plays or sings something better than they did when they arrived.

I expect a student to schedule time in his/her week to practice since my most successful students excel in their school bands and go on to perform with local youth orchestras and other ensembles. I will remind students that they will get back what they put into it.

Listed below is my expertise level on the instruments I feel comfortable teaching.

Flute: beginner to advanced (all ages)
Clarinet: beginner to advanced (all ages)
Oboe: beginner to intermediate (all ages)
Saxophone: beginner to advanced (all ages)
Singing: beginner to advanced (all ages)
Celtic harp: beginner to intermediate (all ages)
Music theory: beginner to advanced (all ages)
Reading: beginner to advanced (all ages)

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have music, piano, CD player, musical instruments and a music stand available at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my instruments and some music but not all. If there is a piece of music at my studio which the student is interested in looking at, I will make arrangements to bring it with me to your next lesson.

Students at home should have an instrument, a good music stand and a quiet area set aside for the lesson. Pets should be kept in an area other than where the lesson will be taught.

*** Specialties ***
Broadway, showtunes, classical, popular, jazz, religious styles

*****Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting*******

I have been sewing, crocheting, knitting and crafting for over 50 years and currently teach sewing classes to 3rd to 6th grade students each summer. Over the past few summers, I've collected over 100 fair ribbons for my sewing, knitting and crocheted creations including four best in show and 3 champion ribbons and 3 plaques. I can teach you to make awesome clothing or accessories for yourself, friends or family members, sewn items for your home, crocheted or knitted blankets, toys, scarves, sweaters, shawls, etc. Children as young as 7 and as old as 99 can be taught to use a sewing machine, knitting needles and crochet hooks.

****Studio and travel equipment*****

includes sewing machine, sewing essentials, knitting needles, crochet hooks, patterns and other essential items needed for sewing, knitting and crocheting.

Anne R. Placerville, CA

Subjects Taught

Harp

About Me

Anne has some 25 years of teaching experience and would love to help you get started learning to play the harp, or help you continue on your harp adventures if you have had some previous lessons and experience. And, you can now take lessons from Anne no matter where you live in the world--Take lessons from Anne via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangout!

Here is what Anne can help you learn:

Proper hand technique
Sight reading skills
Improvisation skills
Music theory
Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and all kinds of tunes
Arranging music for the harp
Accompaniment skills
Performance skills
And much more!

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps.

Take lessons online at her studio in South Lake Tahoe, California, or at Main Street Music store in Placerville, California.

FAQs:

Do I need to have any musical experience to learn to play the Celtic harp?

It's not necessary to have any prior musical background before embarking on harp lessons. If you have never taken up an instrument before, Anne will teach you harp technique and how to read music, too. It's a plus if you have some past musical experience, because you'll already know the rudiments of reading sheet music. Anne teaches from ages 7 and up. If your child is younger than 7 and anxious to play the harp, get them started on the piano first. This way, when they come to Anne at an older age, they will already know how to read music (harp sheet music and piano sheet music look alike).

Is the harp difficult to learn?

It's no more difficult to learn than any other instrument. If you really want to learn and you practice, you'll learn quickly. It's all about motivation.

Do I need to own a Celtic harp to learn to play?

For online lessons, you'll need to have your own harp. You can also buy a harp from Anne. She uses Triplett Harps as rentals, can help you get started on a rent-to-own harp, and is an authorized dealer if you decide you want to purchase a harp in the future. (Note: Anne only rents to students taking lessons from her in her studio. Rentals are not available to students taking online lessons.)

What does Anne teach?

Anne assesses your goals and your experience before designing a learning path that is right for you. For this reason, her lessons are always one-on-one and not taught in a group fashion. Of course, parents are welcome to sit in on their child's lesson. Here is what Anne can help you learn: • Proper hand technique • Sight reading skills • Improvisation skills • Music theory • Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and all kinds of tunes • Arranging music for the harp • Accompaniment skills • Performance skills And much more! Anne studied under Sylvia Woods and teaches her method for Celtic harp. If you are serious about playing the concert harp instead, in an orchestra for instance, Anne can recommend other teachers who can school you in classical harp method. If you're not sure what your goals are, the Sylvia Woods method will help prepare you for the concert harp if you wish to take it up down the line.

What is Anne's experience?

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne also studied professional stage performance with Ed Hooks (San Francisco, CA) and at the Living History Centre (Novato, CA). Anne applied her formal training to teaching music for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She continues to work with students presenting educational demonstrations for school assemblies. Anne has given workshops to students in the Sacramento Waldorf School, El Dorado Union School District, Merced Union High School District, and Minden Elementary School. She has taught harp since 1987, offering educational demonstrations, focused workshops, and taking on private students.

Brandon K. East Brunswick, NJ

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Bongo, Broadway Singing, Cello, Child Acting, Choir, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Conga Drums, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, English, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Hand Drums, Harmonica, Harp, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Logic Pro Software, Mandolin, Marimba, Math, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Pro Tools Software, QuickBooks, Reading, Saxophone, SEO, Singing, Songwriting, Steel Drums, Synthesizer, Tabla, Theater Acting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Web Analytics, Web Design, Xylophone

About Me

2012 Award-Winning New Jersey music teacher, Brandon has been teaching music since 2000.

About Harp

The harp is a beautiful instrument with roots as far back as Biblical times in Egypt and Mesopotamia. If you would like to learn to play such divine music, the harp is indeed the best choice for your musical instrument. When looking for a harp instructor make sure that you select a teacher that has experience with the same musical style you are looking to play. Selecting which genre you would like to play important because this will determine how a teacher will develop your lesson plans. Nevertheless, whatever type of harp music you are interested in, we will do our best to match you with the perfect mentor for your harp lessons. All our teachers are certified professionals who are dedicated to helping you learn your musical instrument of choice. Add to that their friendliness and you ...

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