Adrienne Knauer

Adrienne K.

Philadelphia, PA

About Adrienne K.

Adrienne teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 2007
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Why and how did I get into taking harp lessons? Well, as a young girl, I remember being mystified by the harp in Fantasia and when I was in high school, my dad found a teacher. After the first lesson, I was hooked and the rest is history! 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.

I began my higher education at Penn State University where I entered as a flute major because I was not quite at the advanced level of harp that was required at the college level. However, after playing principal harp with the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, I realized harp to be my true calling and switched my major instrument. I graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a BA Music degree and concentration on harp. I stayed at Penn State for an additional year to complete a Professional Performance Certificate on the harp. This past spring, I received a Masters of Music in Harp Performance at Temple University, where I studied with the principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Elizabeth Hainen. I have been lucky to have played some of the best orchestral repertoire in some of the most amazing concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Heinz Hall, and the Kimmel Center.

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.

I promise if you start taking harp lessons with me, you'll wonder why you hadn't started sooner!

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Sep 2012 - Present
Private Studio

I maintain a private lessons studio in my home and travel to student's homes throughout the Philadelphia area. I teach harp, piano, and flute lessons.

Assistant Instructor

Sep 2012 - May 2014
Temple University


Masters of Music

Sep 2012 - May 2014
Temple University

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Sep 2005 - May 2009
Penn State University

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Professional Performance Certificate

May 2010
Penn State University

Harp Performance


Assistant Instructor Position

Sep 2012
Temple University


Aug 2012
Saratoga Harp Colony

Flute Scholarship

May 2009
Penn State University

String Jury Winner

Dec 2008
Penn State University

Mosaic Concert Soloist

Mar 2008
Penn State University
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5 Reviews on Adrienne K.

Donna H. Oct 30, 2015
Harp · In home
Verified Student
Adrienne worked with my daughter on a special piece on the harp, which was new to her. She has a caring, consistent demeanor and high expectations for her students. My daughter enjoyed going to her sessions and learned in the best situation possible. Thank you Adrienne!
Miranda H. Oct 5, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
My niece loves her & is very excited about all she is learning
Betty Sep 8, 2015
Flute · In home
Adrienne is an excellent instructor. My daughter had no experience with the flute but a great desire to play. She could not even get sound out of the flute. After the first lesson she was playing, By the second lesson she was making notes. Thanks to Adrienne my daughter has the confidence to try out for band at school this year.
My daughter was very nervous at first. Adrienne is very friendly and put my daughter at ease right away. She looks forward to her lessons with Adrienne. We have a couple of lessons left and hopefully we will be able to continue with Adrienne.
Roberto R. Feb 6, 2015
Harp · In home
Verified Student
Adrriene welcomed me into her very neat, well-lit and cozy house, and into an overall comfortable atmosphere. She was very warm and patient, and took my personal musical goals in mind. (I'm not planning to become a concert harpist, but to learn to play and enjoy the 19-string celtic harp that my wife bought me as a gift, and perhaps play in church.) With this in mind, she took off with the first lesson with a song that I've been wanting to learn for a very long time, and made it into an exercise. I should now, with a two-week time gap for practice, be able to learn to correctly position my fingers and pluck the strings with a clear and crisp sound. Looking forward to my second lesson.
Genevieve E. Feb 20, 2013
Verified Student
great teacher for young students

Adrienne is a wonderful music teacher. She makes music easily accessible to young children (and their tone deaf parents). She is very patient, organized, and responsible. We highly recommend her.