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I am a classically trained musician who loves playing around with pop and jazz in her spare time. My philosophy is that I will teach whichever genre will inspire the student to sit down and practice!
I consider myself to be a harpist but most importantly, a great musician. I will encourage you to become the best harpist and musician you would like to become, and l will tailor my teaching to your learning style. Whether you are taking lessons for fun or are disciplined and serious, you will be continuously improving while feeling challenged. My 10 years of piano study and 8 years of flute background helped me advance quickly at the harp while starting at the age of 16.
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 ...
Teaching all levels, from beginning through advanced
The harp is my favorite instrument. I currently offer lessons from beginner to intermediate levels. My method of teaching harp is unique because I teach both learning styles of "right-brained" (intuitive, creative, expressive, and improvising) with the "left-brained" style of logic, order, organization, theory, structure, and sight-reading.
You will learn proper technique, grace, and expression, as well as the ability to flow with the music, or let the music play "through" you. For this, there are different patterns which are learned in the left hand while the right hand improvises melodies. You will learn how to embody music and carry it through your instrument.
In addition, I can also teach about therapeutic music according to the ancient "modes" of music and their effects on our different emotional states. In this way, you can help to comfort others (and yourself) through your harp playing--making practicing a fun and enjoyable activity!
Each lesson utilizes both ...
I am a harpist at heart since the day I set my eyes on this angelic instrument at the age of 12. Every sound made is immediately comforting and soothing. My experience ranges from teaching children and adults of all backgrounds. I founded Harp4all Music Conservatory and have regular harp ensemble practices and recitals. I teach from several method books including Harp Olympics and Fun From the First. My teachers include Susan McDonald, Elizabeth Richter, Ellie Choate. Susan McDonald has strongly influenced my teaching style and performance.
Lessons last about 30 minutes. I begin with teaching hand/harp position and we then progress to learning to read music! Lessons are tailored for the individual student's learning style (once I have determined the style). Special needs students are welcomed! I provide music for beginners but a tutorial book will eventually be needed. I strive to make lessons fun and interesting. I'm a teacher who believes a little encouragement goes a LONG way! (Harps available for rent.)
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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 have a winning match. Start your harp lessons with one of our wonderful instructors today!