Anne Roos
Placerville, CA
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Anne Roos

Anne R.

Placerville, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching all levels, from beginning through advanced. I recommend adults to take one-hour lessons every other week. Children do better with half hour lessons every week. Ask about renting a harp!

About Anne R.

Take harp lessons from an award winning harpist with GRAMMY® experience! Anne has some 30 years of performance and teaching background and would love to help you get started learning to play the harp, or help you continue on your harp adventures if you have had some previous lessons and experience. And, you can now take lessons from Anne no matter where you live in the world through a webcam and!!

Here is what Anne can help you learn:

Proper hand technique
Sight reading skills
Improvisation skills
Music theory
Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and all kinds of tunes
Arranging music for the harp
Accompaniment skills
Performance skills
And much more!

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book: Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne is an active member of the American String Teacher's Association.

Take lessons online. Anne also teaches in person at Lake Tahoe, California, and at Placerville, California, as pandemic guidelines permit.


Do I need to have any musical experience to learn to play the Celtic harp?

It's not necessary to have any prior musical background before embarking on harp lessons. If you have never taken up an instrument before, Anne will teach you harp technique and how to read music, too. It's a plus if you have some past musical experience, because you'll already know the rudiments of reading sheet music. Anne teaches from ages 7 and up. If your child is younger than 7 and anxious to play the harp, get them started on the piano first. This way, when they come to Anne at an older age, they will already know how to read music (harp sheet music and piano sheet music look alike).

Is the harp difficult to learn?

It's no more difficult to learn than any other instrument. If you really want to learn and you practice, you'll learn quickly. It's all about motivation.

Do I need to own a harp to learn to play?

For online lessons, you'll need to have your own harp. You can also buy a harp from Anne, too! (Note: Anne only rents to students taking in-person lessons, but Anne is happy to help you find a rental in your area)

What does Anne teach?

Anne assesses your goals and your experience before designing a learning path that is right for you. For this reason, her lessons are always one-on-one and not taught in a group fashion. Of course, parents are welcome to sit in on their child's lesson.

What is Anne's experience?

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne also studied professional stage performance with Ed Hooks (San Francisco, CA) and at the Living History Centre (Novato, CA). Anne applied her formal training to teaching music for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She continues to work with students presenting educational demonstrations for school assemblies. Anne has given workshops to students in the Sacramento Waldorf School, El Dorado Union School District, Merced Union High School District, and Minden Elementary School. She has taught harp since 1987, offering educational demonstrations, focused workshops, and taking on private students. She performed on the 2015 GRAMMY® Award Winning Best New Age Album, "Winds of Samsara".


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24 Reviews
Rosa A.
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Wonderful attitude super patience with students that are not fast learners and a great smile to lift up the class. Thank you Ann, I will practice and do my best on learning how to play the Harp.

Posted May 23, 2021
Elisabeth R.
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Anne is very patient, encouraging and understanding with different learning styles and beginners.

Posted Mar 22, 2021
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Anne is a wonderful harp teacher! She's funny, nice, and makes you feel at ease when taking lessons. I would recommend her without hesitation!

Posted Feb 13, 2021
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She was very helpful and worked with me on my technique!

Posted Jan 15, 2021
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Anne brings a vibrancy to her lessons that make it fun. Anne has a keen eye for finger placement and sharp hearing for the beat of the song. Anne has the patience of a saint. I enjoy the harp lessons immensely. I am 64 years old and Anne is a great fit for me😊

Posted Dec 22, 2020
Wendy Silk
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I am a composer. I have been consulting with Anne about adding a harp part to songs in my River Cantata. She is an excellent teacher. She takes the time and trouble to figure out what I know and what I need to learn. Thanks to her coaching I know my composition is playable and musically effective.

Posted Nov 30, 2020
Nannette T.
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She’s amazing! She is the most patient and lighthearted harp teacher I’ve ever worked with. She doesn’t expect perfection either, but repetition and practice is important. Have fun with your playing and don’t give up on yourself when playing becomes a challenge!

Posted Nov 11, 2020
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Anne has been a tremendous help for our daughter's improvement in technique and ability on the harp. She is encouraging, flexible and a wonderful teacher!

Posted Sep 9, 2020
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Anne is patient and insanely talented. She translates her skills into understandable, bite sized chunks for her students. She’s great fun to work with and inspires me to be better.

Posted Jun 14, 2020
Ally M.
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Anne is a fantastic teacher who brings so much warmth, patience, and skill to each lesson! She took me from a complete novice who didn't even know how to properly pluck a string to being able to impress family and friends with familiar songs. She doesn't have you go out and spend a ton on books or materials either, which I've experienced while learning other musical instruments. Anne provides very detailed assignment notes with each lesson too, which she then emails so you can have something tangible to refer to while practicing instead of having to take notes yourself or keep it all in your head somehow. Highly recommend taking lessons from one of the best!

Posted Jun 9, 2020
Ramya E.
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Our first lesson was fantastic !! Anne made our 8year old completely comfortable with the lesson plan .... super friendly ..!

Posted May 19, 2020
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Anne is so patient! I started by having to learn to read music. She was so supportive when I struggled. She guided me through the lessons at a pace that was right for me. She made learning fun! highly recommend her!

Posted Aug 2, 2019
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Anne is an attentive and dedicated teacher! As an adult learner, I have appreciated how she is able to offer practical suggestions on how to effectively practice and gain immediate useable skills. She is able to quickly determine what works best for me, and encourages me all along the way. I would absolutely recommend Anne for anyone wanting to learn harp, or improve upon their abilities. She is fun to work with, always with a smile, and is very personable.

Posted Jul 24, 2019
Mary Y.
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Anne was lovely.
She taught me all the nuts and bolts of playing the instrument in a way that was clear This included the integral parts of the harp, how to read music, how to posture the harp, and hand positioning Anne showed a good measure of patience, which was much appreciated.

Posted Apr 23, 2019
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My 7 year old daughter has been taking harp lessons from Anne for almost a year now and she loves it. Anne is very flexible with my crazy schedule and we alternate skype and in-home lessons. My daughter is having a lot of success and fun as well. Anne is an excellent teacher and a beautiful harpist. I would highly recommend her!

Posted Oct 22, 2018
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I have taken harp lessons from Anne Roos for the past year. I had no prior music knowledge Prior to starting harp lessons. I am now able to read music and follow time signatures. Anne’s patience and positive attitude have guided me into a wonderful joy on a lifelong dream to play music. She truly loves what she does and enjoys teaching others.

Posted Oct 21, 2018
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We would highly recommend Anne for students of all abilities. Anne is clear in her objectives and lesson plan and passionate about music and the harp!

Posted Oct 11, 2018
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Anne Roos is an A+ teacher and a joy for my daughter to work with. She is an all around professional as a player and a teacher. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!

Posted May 30, 2017
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Anne is a marvelous teacher! She is wonderful and PROMPT in her communication, follow up and lesson sessions. She genuinely exudes joy in her teaching methods, is clear in her instruction and seems to honestly love my kids. We couldn't be happier with our choice in instructors.

Posted Mar 26, 2017
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Mrs Roos has been a kind, patient and gentle teacher with my two daughters. You will enjoy taking lessons from her as she has a wealth of experience to glean from and is an encouragement.
Mrs. Laureen Dodgson

Posted Feb 16, 2017
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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 when I visit family in California. Now I am finally progressing in both my musical ability and my technique. Thanks Anne.

Posted Feb 16, 2017
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I started lessons with Anne as a beginner harp student with about a year of prior experience. Anne helped me to get through Sylvia Wood's "Teach Yourself" book and I am now at an intermediate level. Lessons were enjoyable and relaxed while still being focused and informative. I am very happy with the progress I have made with Anne and would recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Nov 21, 2015
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I'm the person Fred is referring to. I have Anne to thank for making my dream of learning to play the harp a reality. I rented a harp from Anne and took lessons every 2 weeks. Her lessons were progressive making it easy to learn the next step (as long as I practiced). Soon I was playing real songs! Anne was patient, understanding, and knowledgeable not only about playing the harp and proper technique, but also about feeding and care of the harp and performance. While Anne is a professional (and a Grammy winner), she is also down to earth with a ready smile and laugh. If you have an interest in learning to play the harp, I highly recommend Anne!

Posted Nov 21, 2015
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When I was nursing a patients wife brought in her harp and played. I was so impressed with the soothing sound I asked her where she learned. She got me in contact with Ann and I started taking lessons. Having studied music I learned quickly. Yet I must say Ann is an excellent teacher. She is patient, encouraging and supportive. Clearly she is capable of teaching any one at any age. If you are interested in learning this most beautiful of instruments I highly recommend Ann your teacher. You will not be disappointed. You will also be very proud at what you will be able to learn in such a short time. This is also something you will have for a life time.

Posted Nov 21, 2015

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Apr 1983 - Present

SYDA Foundation

Online Music Pages Administrator. Harpist for live programs and recordings.

Music Book Author
Jan 2008 - Dec 2011

Hal Leonard Corporation

Published Author of Two Music Industry Books: “The Bride’s Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable” (published December 15, 2010), and “The Musician’s Guide to Brides: How to Make Money Playing Weddings” (published March 1, 2008), both published by Hal Leonard, Inc., the world’s largest music publishing company.

Governor & Secretary/Treasurer
May 2003 - May 2010

San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy

Served on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy from 2003 to 2010, and served as the Chapter Secretary Treasurer from 2005 to 2006.

Music Announcer
Jun 1999 - Jan 2001

Capital Public Radio, Sacramento's NPR station

Classical Music, Jazz, Global Beat (world music), Acid Jazz, and Latin Jazz Announcer on KXPR/KXSR and KXJZ/KKTO, Sacramento’s NPR Stations.

Music and Math Teacher
Sep 1985 - Jun 1998

Los Angeles Unified School District

Music and Math Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District • Creating lesson plans and a curriculum without an available textbook. Results: Thinking on my feet to make materials that would be useful for my own success in my job. • Successfully scheduling and overseeing child and adult (parent) volunteers in school music functions. Results: Fostering open communication with parents that later helped if issues came up with their child’s progress in class. • Convincing kids that math is fun (a really big sales job!). Results: Helping children improve their grades in math. • Teaching to as many as sixty children in one classroom. Holding the students’ attention. Results: Utilizing effective time management skills to create lesson plans, presenting to a large audience of various personalities with differing needs, and ultimately demonstrating progress in learning through assignments grades and test scores. • Awareness of school rules and State laws to allow for all to have an equal opportunity to education. Results: Making a welcoming environment for children to learn and for parents to visit.


Jan 1985 - Jan 1986

National University, Los Angeles

Mathematics, Music as a Minor
Sep 1975 - Aug 1979

UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)



Fluent / Native Proficiency


California Clear Secondary Teaching Credential
Sep 1987

National University, Los Angeles


GRAMMY® Certificate
Feb 2015

National Academy of Recording Arts and Scientces


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2000
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Jan 2000
Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community.
American String Teachers Association
Jan 1990
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen
Jan 1987
Founded by Roland L. Robinson, a harpmaker in Mt. Laguna, California, the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen (ISFHC) was intended to meet the needs of the individual folk harper and builder for communication with his or her fellow artists. It began in 1980 out of the readership of the Folk Harp Journal and in 1985 it became a California nonprofit corporation. Today, with a yearly membership of almost sixteen hundred, it provides a focus for folk harp activities worldwide.

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