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Popular Online Harp Teachers

Elizabeth L.

Groveland, FL
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Joe C.

Cedar Rapids, IA
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Vanessa S.

Palm Springs, CA
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Elizabeth L. Groveland, FL

About Me

Elizabeth L. has studied music from the age of six. At nine, she began taking harp lessons with Elizabeth Motter, formerly of the Illinois Symphony and currently of the Cincinnati Symphony.

Elizabeth spent many summers furthering her studies at various harp camps around the world. In the summer of 1995, she attended Benslow harp camp in Benslow, England.

In the summer of 1996, she studied with Alice Spero Keene at the University of Illinois’ summer camp in Champaign-Urbana. In 1998, she attended the summer harp course at Indiana University where she studied with Susanne McDonald.

At the age of 14, Interlochen Arts Academy accepted her into their program for high school. Interlochen is a boarding arts high school in northern Michigan, which offers a college preparatory study with emphasis on any given art form. She studied harp with Joan Raeburn Holland for four years.

She attended and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri completing her Bachelor’s of Music in harp performance. She studied with Ayako Watanabe of the St. Louis Symphony.

Elizabeth performed with the St. Louis Youth Symphony from 2002-2006. She performed with Webster University Symphony from 2002-2006, and occasionally performed with the St. Louis Symphony. She has performed at the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Springfield, Illinois for over ten years, as well as Springfield, Illinois’ Muni. She has performed at the St. Louis Fox Theater for Norwegian singer Sissel. She plays for weddings, parties, receptions, restaurants, and teaches private harp lessons. She currently works for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Elizabeth has three CD's, two of which are available for purchase on iTunes.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are interested in making music your career or playing for pure enjoyment, all kinds are welcome! It is never too late to share in the excitement of music.

Classical, celtic, and popular: there are many genres of music to enjoy. I believe in teaching the standard classical repertoire as a solid structure from which to build.

I will make arrangements with the student/parent(s) to find the proper instrument and tools needed for the lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Lyon & Healy harp, style 100

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical and have branched out to Popular, Jazz, Broadway Musicals and Celtic music. I sub in several orchestras around central Florida, play weddings and background gigs. It is important to be versatile, and that is my personal goal as a musician. My goal as a teacher is to impart this love of music to my students, and encourage all learning and playing opportunities.

Joe C. Cedar Rapids, IA

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

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.

Lisa H.

Alpharetta, GA
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Annette B.

Evanston, IL
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Kristie S.

Las Vegas, NV
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Lisa H. Alpharetta, GA

About Me

I provide high-quality piano and harp lessons in my studio in Alpharetta. Lessons are cured specifically towards the individual student. I am a degreed professional musician and have a lot of experience. Harp rentals are available.

Annette B. Evanston, IL

About Me

Harpist Annette B. offers private Harp Lessons and Workshops
in various styles of music, beginners through advanced, youngsters through adults.

Lesson duration from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Weekly lessons recommended.
(Less frequently possible. More as well :)
Cost depending on length, frequency and location.

The harp studio is located in Evanston. Private harp lessons and ensemble classes are also available
in the Chicago area and Northshore, Glenview, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, and via online video meetings worldwide and (almost) around the clock.

Annette is an experienced teacher of both lever and pedal harp in various styles of music (classical, world music, jazz, pop),
improvisation, basics of music, music reading and writing, history and theory.

Also offered are Bi-monthly Harp Circles - gatherings of harp students and friends - and annual public Harp Class Recitals.

Rental harps available in the Chicago area, for students who don't want to purchase an own instrument yet.

Annette's thoughts about teaching:
I like teaching a lot, and I like to share musical experiences with others.
• My teaching style combines oral traditions (lots of listening) and classical techniques.
• Improvisation and interpretation is important for me as well.
• Music theory is a part of my teaching: especially harp students need to know about chords and rhythms.
• Students might choose or specify a preferred teaching method - or get introduced to 'everything'.
• I am open to all music styles. Besides classical music,
I specialize in klezmer and other East European traditional music.

• I am offering workshops for groups/ for special themes
(like Jewish music) in and outside Chicago.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons consist of warm-up and technique exercises,
repertoire (reviewing practiced material and learning new pieces),
as well as corresponding historical and music-theoretical information - as needed or wished.
The repertoire is partially chosen by me depending on the students capabilities and needs,
and also chosen by the student's own wishes and input.
Regarding technique and style I'm flexible and react to the student's needs.

My main purpose is encouraging the enjoyment and exploration of music,
preventing bad-habits and injuries,
and helping a progress in harp-capabilities.

by the way: all of the above also applies for recorder lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Various lever harps of various sizes are always available in the studio.
For pedal harp studies I would have to travel to student's house (or use online video)

Rental instruments are available as well (lever harps and recorders).

*** Travel Equipment ***
yes, harps can travel.

*** Specialties ***
klezmer & middle-eastern European ethnic music
renaissance & baroque
jazz
improvisation

Kristie S. Las Vegas, NV

About Me

Kristie is a professional musician based in Las Vegas, with a strong background in both teaching and performing music. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching music lessons to students of all ages and levels. Kristie currently teaches music lessons, plays for the music programs and leads the choir at her church, and performs at weddings and events.

Membership in Kristie's piano studio includes regular studio recitals and free monthly group classes.

*** Kristie's Teaching Background ***
Kristie graduated summa cum laude and with Honors with a Bachelor of Music in harp and piano performance from the University of Arizona in 2004, where she studied with Dr. Paula Fan, Regents Professor of Piano and principal pianist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Kristie was honored as the Outstanding Senior of her undergraduate class. She is now a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

As a doctoral candidate at Indiana University, Kristie has the background and capability to teach beginning to advanced students. With a doctoral minor field in music theory, Kristie provides students with a thorough understanding of how music actually works.

Kristie also teaches improvisation and playing from lead sheets.

*** Ten Great Reasons to Join Kristie's Music Studio ***
1. Kristie loves to really get to know her students, so that she can tailor lessons to fit each student's particular goals and interests.
2. One of Kristie's foremost priorities as a teacher is to help her students learn to teach themselves. Independent learning skills are valuable in all areas of life, particularly schoolwork.
3. Kristie seeks a balance between challenging her students and cultivating creativity.
4. As a professional musician with over fifteen years of experience, Kristie has the capability to take those students who are serious about playing music from the absolute beginning to the advanced collegiate level.
5. Kristie is a nationally award-winning musician known for her impeccable technique, beautiful tone, and precise rhythm. She is committed to imparting these qualities to her students.
6. Kristie uses her strong background in music theory to help her students understand how music is put together, from the simplest concepts of key and meter to complex theories of phrasing.
7. Kristie teaches a range of musical skills, including improvisation and composition.
8. Kristie has been privileged to study with wonderful, internationally respected teachers. She loves to learn and is active in the musical community, both online and locally. This allows her to continually add to her knowledge of the piano and her teaching skills.
9. Kristie encourages all her students to have fun playing music!
10. Kristie's piano studio is a nurturing environment where students of all ages and all levels feel safe, welcome and supported in their musical journey.

*** Getting Started ***
At the first lesson, Kristie will get to know you and ask questions about your goals and interests, so that she can tailor the lessons to fit your needs.

If you are a brand-new beginner, Kristie will start with an introduction to music and get you going with several fun pieces to go home and practice.

If you are a transfer student or if you already play another instrument or sing, it is helpful to bring any previous or current music books and to be prepared to play a couple of pieces. These pieces do not necessarily need to be memorized or performance ready; the idea is to give Kristie an idea of what you already know and where you would like to grow.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning piano students, Kristie uses the Faber method.

Lessons typically include music theory. Students will be given clear assignments to practice and complete.

Depending on the student's level, background, and interests, piano lessons may also include:
Scales, arpeggios, or tudes (technical development)
Improvisation and playing from lead sheets (for pop or jazz music)
Composition (learning how to create and notate your own music)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Korg N1 Synthesizer Keyboard
Lyon and Healy harps

*** Special Needs ***
Please inquire, as this is on a case by case basis.

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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