Sonja Westberg

Sonja W.

Flower Mound, TX
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Sonja delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

Hi, I'm Sonja!

Thank you for considering me to be your teacher! Here are some characteristics that set me apart:

Teaching Philosophy - My teaching philosophy centers around a fun, positive, and forgiving approach to learning. I cater individually to each student’s needs, and craft specific and attainable lesson goals. I provide my students with the encouragement and step-by-step instruction they need to support a feeling of accomplishment. As a teacher, my ultimate goal is to instill a love and appreciation for music in her students, that will be passed on to future generations.

Adaptable - I keep a fresh approach to an outdated teaching method. I recognize that not all teaching approaches work the same on every student and I am able to shift accordingly.

Communicative - I'm available anytime if you have any questions during your practice during the week. I accept text messages and emails. I want to be able to support you at all times!

Extensive Training - I hold both my BM and MM degrees from the University of North Texas and have worked with several respected teachers over the years.

Well Travelled - I have performed in India, Thailand, the UAE, and Southeast Asia in addition to performing all over the U.S. - Chicago, Los Angeles, Richmond, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, San Antonio, El Paso, etc.



Short biography:

Sonja Westberg is a freelance musician, maintaining an active performing and teaching schedule in the DFW metroplex. Sonja has been a private lesson instructor since 2011, teaching both harp and piano lessons to students of all ages. She is highly sought-after as an educator, having been invited to teach masterclasses and workshops at public schools and Universities all over Texas.

Sonja has performed both locally and internationally - from the Texas and California, all the way to India and Southeast Asia. Her performances also extend through the Southwestern region of the United States and include concerts with the Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, and El Paso Symphony. Sonja currently holds the Principal Harp position with the Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra, and also frequently performs through Texas Winds Musical Outreach.

Sonja received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas.

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Experience

Musician
Jan 2018 - Present
Texas Winds Musical Outreach

Freelance Harpist - Performer & Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present
DFW Metroplex

Harp Instructor
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
Walnut Glen Academy

Freelance Harpist - performer
Oct 2015 - May 2016
Sound Spirit Event Company


Education

Master's Degree in Harp Performance
Aug 2017 - May 2019
The University of North Texas
Bachelor of Science Degree in Harp Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2015
The University of North Texas

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Harp Society
Aug 2011

The American Harp Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists.

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3 Reviews

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McKalyn Jun 5, 2019
Harp · In home

Sonja is the most encouraging and empowering harp teacher I have ever had! She teaches you what you need to know to succeed and works with you at your own pace. She is patient and always worked with me until I understood what she was teaching. She is so much fun to be taught by, and I learned so much from her!

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Nancy May 12, 2019
Harp · In home

Sonja’s enthusiasm for the harp and for music, in general, is contagious! Sonja has a lot of patience for beginning harp players. She offers a good mix of “performance” pieces and exercises to keep the practices (and lessons!) both fun and moving in the right direction! After watching me play for only a few minutes, Sonja has the distinct ability of being able to determine where and how I can instantly improve, which she always offers in a positive, constructive format. Sonja makes me feel like I can conquer any piece. I would highly recommend Sonja to anyone considering harp lessons!!

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Julia May 10, 2019
Harp · In home

My daughter has been taking Harp and piano lessons from Sonja for about a year. Sonja takes the time to work with her orchestra director to adapt pieces for play. She prepares my daughter for auditions as well. Sonja is absolutely wonderful- patient, creative , reliable and responsible. Sonja earns my highest recommendation without hesitation!!

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