Adrienne Knauer

Adrienne K.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Adrienne teaches: Ages 4 and up
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Teaching since: October 2007
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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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Instructor 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

French Limited Proficiency


Professional Performance Certificate May 2010
Penn State University

Harp Performance


Assistant Instructor Position Sep 2012
Temple University
Fellowship 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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2 Reviews on Adrienne K.

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.