As a harp teacher, all of my students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire for students according to their technical progress and although I may take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and repertoire both orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before.
I require all students make at least an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the ...
Alexandra has been teaching harp and piano around the country for eighteen years through her personal harp studio and the Salvi Showroom in Southern California. She has also worked as a sectional coach for the Orange County Youth Symphony, Asia America Youth Symphony, and Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Her students are currently attending Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Barnard College, Harvard University, Boston College, University of Pennslyvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Purdue University among others. Her students have also appeared on National television as well as playing for the Grammy Awards.
A strong supporter of the American Harp Society, she served as Vice President of the American Harp Society Foundation. Alexandra was also co-cha
irman of the distinguished Anne Adams Awards Harp Competition where she was a main Director for almost twenty years. She also served as the Vice President and President of the Orange County Harp Society Chapter as well as a board member of the Bay Area Harp Society Chapter.
Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology. She also completed premedical studies at DePauw after spending her Junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.
Alexandra's harp teachers have included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also had many mentors who have guided her life and career including: Kathleen Bride, Victor Salvi, Sally Maxwell, Patricia Masri- Fletcher, Robin Gordon- Cartier, Carrie Kourkoumelis, Dr. Craig Pare, and Karen Thielen.
Alexandra has performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis. She has also organized many masterclasses and events featuring: Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Gwyneth Wentink, Patricia Masri - Fletcher, Louise Vickerman, Sivan Magen, Sasha Boldachev, Ina Zdorovetchi, Angel Padilla Crespo, Elzbieta Szmytt, Susan Allen, Gayle Levant, Stella Castelucci, Robin Gordon Cartier, Emmanuel Ceysson, Yolanda Kondonasis, and Kim Robertson.
Alexandra has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with small ensembles, and as an orchestral harpist. She has appeared in several television shows such as General Hospital. Her playing,"Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
In addition to playing, Alexandra has also served as the Ambassador for Salvi Harps in North America for the past eleven years. She has given numerous masterclasses and workshops in addition to performing at National Harp Conferences and National and Regional music showcases. In her role as National Sales Manager, she helped harpists from all over the world find their dream harps, learn to care for them, and has mentored them along the way.
Apart from harp activities, Alexandra also enjoys teaching middle school, teaching piano, coaching rowing, participation in sports activities, and writing articles for various journals including: The American Harp Journal, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. She also enjoys being a board member on the DePauw University Alumni Board and she enjoys working on music startup companies.
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As a HARP teacher, all of my students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire for students according to their technical progress and although I may take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and repertoire: fun, orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before.
I require all students make at least half an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the Grandjany method of harp technique, however, I also use Salzedo and Renie methods at times to fit a particular students' build and unique physical attributes as well as what the piece requires. I have studied all techniques throughout my education and I find them all beneficial for different reasons. I do, however, believe everyone is built differently and the technique should help the harpist play and not hinder them from achieving their goals. Everyone learns at a different speed, but as a brand new musician, after six months practicing regularly, you should be able to read music fluently, understand basic theory concepts, be able to play with both hands and four fingers on each hand, play all of the basic scales and arpeggios musically and be able to play at least one piece memorized. Curriculum is based on the student's technical ability and issues and is individually created – if you learn slower than someone else, don’t worry about your pace. In the end, lessons are about you personally and not someone else.
As a PIANO teacher, I want students to learn about music and not just the piano. Students will learn basic music theory and basic scales as a part of their lessons. They will also occasionally choose a song of their choosing to work on chords. I do promote note reading and theory, so I am not the right teacher for students who don't want to invest time in learning the basics. These basics are the building blocks of all music and can be used for any instrument the student chooses to learn in the future.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have harps and a piano at my studio, so you do not need to bring your harp to lessons. If you don't own a harp, you can rent one for around $45/month from several sources.
*** Specialties *** HARP - Grandjany Technique with an incorporation of Salzedo and French school depending on the player's body type and technical difficulties. I make use of the ABRSM as well as local, national, and international competitions depending on the student's level of commitment.
PIANO - I teach basic piano for fun through an Intermediate level. Although some students choose to take CM and ABRSM exams, I do not push them. I want students to enjoy piano and music lessons.
Alexandra has met all my expectations. She is very patient. I feel like we are moving along at a good pace. I had zero musical experience and after only 3 lessons can read basic sheet music and actually have music come out of the piano!! I am enjoying the whole process.
January 23, 2018
Great first lesson! Looking forward to next week.
March 9, 2016
Alexandra was an excellent teacher! She really makes you feel at home even if you are nervous at the beginning… I look forward to taking more lessons from her
I am a soloist, chamber music artist, and music teacher based in Las Vegas, and I currently have openings in my studio for private harp students! I would love to share my love of music and of the harp with you.
Kristie is a professional musician based in Las Vegas, with a strong background in both teaching and performing music. She has over ten years of experience teaching music lessons to students of all ages and levels. Kristie is accepting new students for weekly 40-minute lessons.
*** 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 beg
inning 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 études (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 *** Kawai baby grand piano Lyon and Healy harps
*** Special Needs *** Please inquire, as this is on a case by case basis.
Kristie taught my son harp for 1.5 years before he left for college. He absolutely loved Kristie. She is patient, and makes the lessons interesting and engaging. She allows students to choose from a selection of music so that they learn how to play something they like. She encourages experimentation and engagement. My son wanted to learn the harp because it was interesting, not because he wanted to be a world class performer. Kristie really got that and made the lessons something he looked forward to every week. And she herself was a world class performer so if that's what you're looking for in a teacher, she can deliver that to. Kristie is a super teacher; my son still keeps in touch with her and says lessons with Kristie were one of the highlights of high school.
July 22, 2019
I was nervous walking into my first piano lesson, as I was COMPLETELY out of my element, though I knew that I had a passion to start learning. Kristie made me feel at home and reassured me that this was normal. She is extremely informative, and not only teaches you what you need to know, but explains WHY things are the way they are- which further developed my love for the music. Also, I have noticed that she is good at knowing where to start. She saw that I was picking it up quickly, so advanced quickly to challenge me more. Loved every lesson so far, and look forward to the future ones as well!!!!
October 17, 2014
We've had the best first time lessons experience with Kristie. She is knowledgeable, patient and extremely flexible. I especially appreciate the way she is able to reign in my seven year old's often wandering attention span. I look forward to continuing to work with Kristie in the future.
I've been involved with harp for over half of my life, and can't wait to share the magic of harp lessons with you. I love working with students of all experience levels and ages. Reach out today to get started with your lessons!
Hi, there! My name is Liann and I've been teaching private lessons since 2014. I love sharing the joy of playing the harp with others. I received my Master of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2015, and my Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University in 2012. I'm a very warm and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is structured and supportive. It's important to me to create a safe place for you to learn and express yourself musically!
I am an experienced teacher who is committed to helping every student achieve their personal goals at the harp. I have worked with all ages and abilities and I'm excited to work with you! I am open to working on any type of music you'd like to and can also help you develop a better understanding of music theory. I earned my harp performance degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
I am a friendly, outgoing, and passionate music teacher! I play the harp and piano and absolutely love to spread the joy of music. I started playing the harp because my grandmother was a harpist and I thought it was the most beautiful instrument. After all these years, I still love the amazing sound of the harp. I completed my degree in Harp Performance from University of Denver's Lamont School of Music where I received a well-rounded education in both performance and academics (including theory, history, and technology). Please let me know if you have any questions- can't wait to get started!
I’ll work with you to get the best out of your potential.
Eleonora is a professional harpist based in the Bay Area. She was born in Florence (Italy), where at the age of nine began studying the harp. Eleonora went on to earn a Bachelors in harp from the Conservatory of music in Florence and a Masters in harp from Conservatory of music in Parma. From 2011 to 2017 she performed with the Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music of Manchester.
For the past ten years Eleonora has been teaching classical and celtic harp to children and adults.
In 2015 Eleonora completed her training to become a certified Music learning theory teacher. This approach focuses on the belief that music is like a language and therefore in order to become fluent children should be immersed in it early on.
Eleonora teaches private harp lessons to beginners, intermediate and advanced students in her studio
in Berkeley; she's also available for house calls (depending on location). All ages are welcome.
I’ve been one of Eleonora’s first students and I’ve studied harp with her for 4 years. It has been very rewarding.
I was always looking forward to her lessons: she inspired us to practice for competitions and she always encouraged me to play in front of an audience, giving the very best of my self.
Playing the harp has always been a great joy for me thanks to her lessons.
March 20, 2019
Eleonora Pellegrini is a great professional!
She has been my daughter’s harp teacher for two years: she’s very talented! She’s a special person, she is very skilled both playing and teaching the harp.
She changed my daughter’s life, who know has an excellent knowledge of music basics.
March 18, 2019
Eleonora's professionalism and her passion for music have had a great influence on my harp learning experience. Eleonora has been my teacher for four years.I have beautiful memories of the competitions and harp congress i joined together with Eleonora and my classmates.
I'm truly grateful for all the support you showed me day by day and for having shared your passion with me.
I believe lessons should be fun and expansive journeys. I enjoy truly connecting with each student in a light, enjoyable atmosphere. Lessons are tailored to meet each student where they are at, while still pushing them at a rate that inspires them. Positive reinforcement and constructive feedback are always used, while negative criticism is not. I specialize in teaching proper harp technique designed to allow the player to play for a lifetime! If pain arises from playing students will never be asked to push through pain or discomfort. Rather, we will find a different approach that works. Lastly, I love working with students on pieces they really love. No piece of music is off limits! We can make any song work on the harp!
Hello there, and thank you so much for considering me as a potential teacher! I truly love teaching and so enjoy connecting with each and every student.
I have been playing the harp since age six. While I am primarily a classical pedal harpist, I also love to play jazz, pop, folk, and contemporary music. I love teaching all of these styles as well, and students may choose to play either the lever harp or the pedal harp.
I have been blessed to have studied with some incredible teachers. Studying Salzedo Technique with Cynthia Otis, herself a former student of Carlos Salzedo, allowed me to develop strong and stable harp technique. I went on to study both jazz and classical with Felice Pomeranz at Berklee College of Music. From these experiences, I have developed a style of teaching that focuses strongly on technique while incorpora
ting styles and pieces tailored to each individual student’s musical taste and goals.
Currently, I am completing a certification in Clinical Musicianship. I am thrilled to be learning about the endless healing components of harp music. I believe that music should be a source of joy, a belief that is ever present throughout her lessons.
Pheobe is very patient and kind. She understands my goals and moves at the pace that allows me to learn the basics. She has been an ideal teacher for me and playing the harp has been a wonderful addition to my life.
February 13, 2019
She was excellent! She explains everything very clearly.
I'm looking forward to practicing and our next lesson.
I make sure to create a custom lesson plan, tailored to each individual student's level and learning style. I share my knowledge from my own education at The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, as well as practical advice from on the job, musician experience in orchestras, chamber music settings, recitals, competitions, and other collaborative projects.
Thanks for viewing my TakeLessons profile! I am a professional harpist with a Bachelor of Harp degree from Juilliard, and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Since finishing school, I've worked as a harpist performing a range of genres in New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington DC, New Jersey, Seattle, New Hampshire, and now, Texas. My training is in classical harp, but I spend a lot of time playing recording jazz and pop music as well. Being a versatile musician is important both for musical growth and development, and also for diverse career opportunities.
Teaching harp lessons is one of my favorite things; it's extremely rewarding to notice expansion in a student's skillset and practical knowledge. My harp teachers at Juilliard and Yale are very important to me, and I frequently relay th
eir sentiments to my students. I always try to be aware of my students' interests and other activities/obligations, and tailor a lesson plan based on how much time they are able to devote to practicing, what repertoire would develop their technique and musical abilities, and, of course, what repertoire interests and appeals to them. I also discuss music theory and tips and tricks for orchestra, chamber music, and other performance opportunities at length in my lessons. I'm comfortable with concert, competition, and audition prep, and apply my experience in all of those areas.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. I look forward to speaking with you!
My 10 year old daughter studied with Margaret this year. Margaret is unfailingly patient and encouraging. She has a wealth of knowledge about music theory, and conveys the information in a way that makes it seem easy. She was great about tailoring the lessons to fit my daughter’s interests, strengths, and needs.
August 5, 2019
I took harp lessons with Margaret for 3 years and would have continued if I hadn't relocated to a different city. Margaret helped me drastically improve my technique with etudes and advice. She is great at explaining what changes need to be made to achieve a more accurate technique, and her musical suggestions really changed the way I think about preparing pieces and took my performance skills to a new level. She's honest, clear, and really fun to work with. I always looked forward to our lessons because she has a way of making even tricky, difficult pieces fun to work on.
"Lydia is a friendly teacher who cares about establishing good technique and habits. We are very happy with her instruction."
"Lydia is awesome!"
"My daughter Ambra and all of my family discovered the harp thanks to Eleonora. She is a capable, patient and passionate teacher. During her lessons, she's
able to communicate to her students the passion for music and for the harp which is an extraordinary instrument. My daughter was 7 years old when she began taking lessons with Eleonora and she is still playing with great passion after 5 years. For us it is a joy to hear her playing. Thank you, Eleonora!"
"Eleonara is excellent! Very clear and detailed. She is patient and very positive and supportive and has a variety of little tricks to make things clear.
As a retired teacher and a musician , it was easy to spot her skills and qualities."
"Great online lessons. When I finally admitted that I needed a teacher in trying to learn the harp I am so glad I found Anne. We can even meet in person wh
en I visit family in California. Now I am finally progressing in both my musical ability and my technique. Thanks Anne."
"This was my first lesson after many years, and I was afraid I couldn't do it. Karen relaxed me immediately and encouraged me. I walked out of there pretty
excited and very much encouraged! I look forward to my next lesson!"
"As a teacher, Abigail is committed to the process of learning and imparts her methods of organized thinking and layered stages of accomplishment to her st
udents. Her warm and engaging personality enhances her approach and inspires her students to give their best."
"Great first lesson!"
"Sara is fabulous! Can't wait to take another lesson!"