Dr. Diane Schneider

Dr. Diane S.

Walton, KY
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hello! I started my harp teaching life as a research doctor and therapist, using harp vibrations with patients for 9 years in Mayo Clinic hospitals. After recording Harp Of Hope as a harp therapy treatment for helping with anxiety and other symptoms, I began to meet many people who wanted to learn harp for healing their own symptoms. So I began to teach harp, specializing in adult beginners.

I am a Conservatory-trained harpist and pianist, so I emphasize good technique, but I want my students to enjoy life. So I try to fill lesson times with peace, laughter, and joy in the music. That's what it's all about! I live on a beautiful lake in Northern Kentucky, and I lead harp retreats there. I also rent harps to students. Most of my students are adults who have always wanted to play the harp... so, if that's you, too, I look forward to meeting you!

About Dr. Diane S.

Music gives me so much joy in life, that I simply love teaching it to others! I especially want prospective students to know that I specialize in ADULT beginners--because they know how to focus, and they have such appreciation for the joy that music brings!

By age 9, I was a piano student who, at age 12, went to the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with plans of becoming a concert pianist. I won a major piano competition at 15; but by 19, an injury to my hand changed my plans, and later led me very unexpectedly into a different career--law school!

After finding a wonderful harp teacher, Joan Ceo, at the University of Kentucky, I discovered a whole new world of beautiful music... that also calmed and nourished my heart and soul. Later, while living and training post-grad in Canada, I worked in churches and hospitals as a theologian and chaplain, learning the amazing effects harp can have. I moved to Minnesota and began my own harp studio in 2000, doing concerts, and creating a wonderful harp circle that is still performing together. The Mayo Clinic there hired me after I pioneered a harp therapy method that had great results with lowering blood pressure, stabilizing heart arrhythmias, calming anxiety, and bringing peace to painful situations. I recorded Harp Of Hope and other therapeutic harp CD's during that time, which Mayo Clinic patients still use.

In 2004, I moved to St. Augustine, FL to work at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. But I still tour there to do concerts and teach from my part-time home near the beach (which is also a vacation rental that students enjoy!). I came back to Northern Kentucky in 2010 to be closer to my family (YES, I have moved a lot!), I created a therapeutic harp program in the Dept. of Psychiatry at a major Cincinnati hospital. This year, I was very excited to begin teaching both harp and piano online, because I can reach so many more students this way. It is wonderful to bring people from all corners of the world together through music!


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3 Reviews
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I really enjoyed my first lesson. Diane made me feel at ease. I am looking forward to our future lessons together.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
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Dr. Diane was my first harp teacher. She inspired me with her beautiful playing. She emphasized correct technique and instilled the idea of taking time to breathe as you play. This helped me so much to gain confidence and to get over my nerves. I consider her to be a master teacher.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Diane was my first harp teacher. I had lessons with her for approximately 5 years before she relocated to another state. She is incredibly talented and experienced in all aspects of harp knowledge and performance. She is trained and qualified to provide harp vibration therapy to patients in the hospital setting, as well as in hospice settings. She is a patient and encouraging teacher. At the same time, she is dedicated to instructing her students in proper positions, form, and technique as well as the musical nuances to ensure not only the beautiful sounds from the harp, but beautiful hand positions and movements as the harpist plays. Highly recommend Diane Schneider as an excellent harp teacher.

Posted Jul 8, 2020

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Harp and Piano Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present

Harp of Hope, home music studio

I have actually been teaching harp for over 25 years, to various students in Winona, MN (9 years); St. Augustine, FL (7 yrs); and Covington/Walton, KY (10 yrs). I now teach online, as well as in my home studio in Walton, KY (N. Ky./Cincinnati area).

Director of Music
Oct 2010 - Sep 2017

St. Louis Church

Part-time liturgist, harpist, organist, and cantor at downtown Catholic parish in Ohio.

Music Minister
Feb 2006 - Jan 2009

Corpus Christi Parish, St. Augustine, FL

Harpist, organist, and cantor for Sunday Masses at this large Catholic parish.

Director of Music
Feb 2004 - Jan 2006

Cathedral Church at Shrine of Nombre de Dios

Harpist, organist, and cantor at all Sunday Masses at this Catholic votive church in St. Augustine, FL, until the church was closed to Sunday Masses.

Director of Church Music
May 1984 - Oct 1992

Epiphany of Our Lord Parish

Harpist, pianist/organist, and cantor, Director of Music and Liturgy for large 4,000-family parish church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Led choral groups, provided Sunday and special event music, weddings, funerals, etc. for 8 years.


Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology
Sep 1983 - Sep 1991

University of Toronto, Trinity College/St. Michael's

Private harp instruction with professional harpist
Sep 1974 - Dec 1979

University of Kentucky


Sign Language

Limited Proficiency


Outstanding Musician Award
Sep 2010

POW Arts Organization, St. Augustine, FL

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