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Amy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2012

Amy Ahn is a classically-trained harpist, singer-songwriter, composer and arranger raised in the Bay Area and based in Los Angeles. She balances a busy schedule as a freelance harpist, singer-songwriter, and teacher. Currently, she is a substitute member of the Boston Lyric Opera and has most recently appeared with the Boston Civic Symphony, Orchestra of Indian Hill, and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Her mentors include Marjorie Chauvel, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Lou Anne Neill, Boston Pops’ Ina Zdorovetchi and jazz harpist Felice Pomeranz. She holds a BA in Harp Performance from The University of California, Los Angeles and a MM in Harp Performance at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In 2018, she released her debut EP “Mangoes.”

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Experience

Private Harp Teacher
Sep 2012 - Present
Harp Studio

Freelance Harpist and Singer
Jan 2008 - Present
Harp

Her repertoire ranges from classical pieces, wedding songs, jazz transcriptions, orchestral excerpts to original music.
She has been a wedding/gig harpist since 2008 and an orchestral harpist since 2005.

Her favorite memories include singing a Rachael Lampa song with harp accompaniment at a dear friend's wedding in early 2010, as well as opening for Booker T. Jones and Black Joe Lewis's Royce Hall performance in 2016 with Loos Leaf band.

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Teacher's Assistant
Mar 2016 - Jun 2016
The Harp In Our Public Schools

The Harp In Our Public Schools Project provides free harp lessons to underserved students in the hopes of positively impacting the students, families and community of Lennox, CA.

- Assisted in giving group harp lessons at Moffett Elementary School (Grades 3-5) three days/week
- Created a friendly and fun environment for the kids to not only learn but to also enjoy making music
- Maintained order in the classroom to assist the main teacher in leading the lesson
- Worked with students one-on-one to facilitate difficult pieces

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Harp Coach
Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
El Camino Youth Symphony, Palo Alto, CA

- Explained and demonstrated techniques pertaining to harp performance
- Facilitated rehearsal activity 9 hours/day for one week
- Prepared student for daily large ensemble rehearsals and the seasonal performances

Education

Master of Music: Harp Performance
Sep 2016 - May 2018
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Bachelor of Arts: Music, Harp Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
University of California, Los Angeles

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Korean
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Desmond Scaife Jr. sings Stevie Wonder's "If it's Magic" with harpist Amy Ahn at The Berklee Performance Center Feb 1st 2017.
Solo Recital in October 2017

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Featured in the November 2017 publication of The Boston Sun.
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2 Reviews

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Lizzie Jan 15, 2018
Harp · Online

Amy is such a genuine and soulful teacher! I am so grateful with how patient, encouraging, and understanding she was throughout my lessons :). She is thoroughly knowledgeable of so many types of harp repertoire and picked perfect pieces for me to learn to match my personality and musical tastes. As I learned more and more, she always knew exactly what to say to help me master the piece. She is such a sweetheart and so inspiring with her dedication to and passion for teaching the harp and helping her students excel- I wish I could rate my experience with her teaching a higher score!

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Joanna Jan 13, 2018
Harp · In studio

Lessons with Amy are so great! I had beginner harp lessons with her for half a year and loved her natural, encouraging and friendly demeanor! She's also great at the use of demonstration to teach, especially as I am a visual learner. From day one, I learned about the great history of harp technique and developed focused goals to work towards!

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