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Cindy H.
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Explore your connection to music as you learn old-time techniques and tunes from West Virginia
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I work with students exclusively by ear, concentrating on development of rhythm and the syncopation of melody against rhythm.
About Cindy H.

Cindy has been making music for as long as she can remember. She was the assistant director of a synagogue children's choir by age 14 and has directed and sung with many community choirs and pickup groups since then. But it wasn't until 1996 that she discovered the autoharp and began teaching and performing in earnest. Now one of the best recognized autoharp workshop leaders in the US, she has taught and performed at festivals and private concerts from Pennsylvania to California, as well as Tasmania, Australia, England, Scotland, aboard cruise ships, and in Sweden. She also shares her knowledge of old-time West Virginia fiddle techniques and repertoire, and is known locally as a sympathetic and effective voice teacher for those who think they cannot sing. In addition to her teaching activities, Cindy founded and directs the Pittsburgh Threshold Choir, a group of women who sing at the bedsides of people who are very ill or dying. She is also the leader of GrayScale, a non-traditional band that plays for square dances and contradances. Lessons with Cindy are self-directed with coaching intended to help the student accomplish his or her personal objectives. She will ask you to provide examples of music that you love so much that you'd be willing to work hard to learn to play it, and you will find yourself working on that music right from the start. Technique is taught in the context of the music: if you need a technique for a particular song, you will learn that technique. And of course once you've mastered a technique it's yours to use on the next song or tune and the next. It's a constant process of enjoying the music and discovering and mastering the technique needed to recreate it in your own playing or singing. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons start with a review of the work you've been doing. We might take that song or tune to the next level with a new technique, or we might apply technique you've already learned to a new piece. Every lesson is different, customized to the needs of the student at that moment. *** Studio Equipment *** Instruments, audio and video recording equipment *** Travel Equipment *** Instruments, audio and video recording equipment as needed

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Teaching since 1998

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If you are looking for a student-centered, high quality Old Time fiddle instructor, contact Cindy Harris. I am a retired university professor who trained people to teach, thus, I am aware of the benchmarks in pedagogy that mark excellence, and that is where Cindy Harris is. I have studied with her for two years and look forward to every lesson. She is very experienced and knowledgeable. She knows how to individualize instruction.

Posted Jun 20, 2022
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My first lesson with Cindy was fun, relaxed and encouraging that she could help me! I have signed up for more! Great things ahead!👍

Posted Feb 18, 2022
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Cindy is an absolutely amazing music instructor. She's a true musician but she's also masterful at sharing what she knows. I'm learning old time fiddle in the West Virginia tradition, and I don't take this for granted. Cindy's knowledge of and relationship to this music goes deep. While I become a much stronger player under her guidance, I am also learning about the lineage this music comes from, and finding that her words of wisdom apply to other instruments I play, and even my growth beyond music. Seriously - Cindy is fantastic.

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Fiddle instructor
Jan 2003 - Present
Private Lessons
Teach private students in one-on-one lessons.
Autoharp instructor
Jan 1998 - Present
Private Lessons
Teach private students in one-on-one or group lessons. Often teach at festivals featuring autoharp
Choral director and voice coach
Jan 1982 - Present
Stone Soup Consulting
Direct both established and "occasional" choirs and vocal ensembles. Currently directing the Pittsburgh Threshold Choir, a group of women who sing at the bedsides of people who are very ill or dying, as well as the Pittsburgh Men's Threshold Singers
Choral Music
Jul 2013 - Jul 2013
Melodious Accord Fellowship (Alice Parker)
French
Limited Proficiency
2019 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Champion
Jun 2019
Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering
Placed first in the prestigious annual competition
2019 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Champion
Jun 2019
Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering
Finalist, 2018 Neotraditional Band Competition
Jul 2018
Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop)
2017 International Autoharp Champion
Sep 2017
Walnut Valley Festival Association

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Instructor details
Fiddle
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Fox Pointe Drive
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
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S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
60 minutes
$50
90 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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