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The Harp Course includes:
- 10 weekly harp lessons (60 minutes), at your preferred day and time
- 1 Make Up Week at the end of the course- to catch up if you miss a lesson
- a welcome pack including information on tuning and taking care of your harp, as well as Discover the Harp Ebook for beginners
- individually designed training plan
- notes from every lesson sent to your email
- access to all PDF’s and videos published the website
Frequently Asked Questions
I have never played any musical instrument. Can I still learn to play the harp?
Yes! You can learn at any age and regardless of previous musical experience. We will learn the basics of music theory as we go along and progress at your own pace.
What instrument will I need? Do I need to buy a harp?
You do not need to buy a harp when starting – in fact, I advise against it! I believe that you should try out an instrument before committing to a purchase – and for this, you will need some basic playing skills. Therefore I recommend hiring a harp when you start your lessons.
There are many harp manufacturers offering instruments for hire. The cost of monthly hire varies between £25 and £60 and most retailers offer deducting the costs of hiring a harp when you decide to buy a new one from them.
A 34 string lever harp is the most typical instrument on offer, and it can serve you for many months or even years!
If you would like to know more, book a trial lesson and I will advise on choosing your first instrument.
Do I have to bring a harp with me for a lesson?
No! I have both a clarsach (a smaller harp with levers) and a pedal harp which you are welcome to use during lessons at my studio. However, you will need your own instrument to practise on between the lessons to make sure you make a good progress!
Where will the lessons take place?
At my home in Edinburgh (Slateford, EH11) or online.
For online lessons you will need:
– a computer, a phone or a tablet with camera (most devices have them built in)
– broadband connection
– a programme to make calls, like Skype or Zoom
What days and times can you offer?
I teach from Monday to Thursday between 2:00 and 8:00 pm.
I aim to offer a regular time slot to every student who decides to commit to weekly lessons. Please let me know if there is any particular day or time when you would like to have lessons.
What happens if I need to change the time or cancel my lesson?
Please let me know at least 48 hours before the lesson and I will do my best to offer an alternative time in the same week. If that is not possible, we will schedule a replacement lesson during the Make Up Week (please note only 1 lesson is allowed per student during the Make Up Week).
When is the good age for a child to start?
This depends on the kind of attention span your child has, their height and general coordination of movements. Children between 6 and 8 years old usually can focus for longer periods of time and enjoy their lessons, their fingers are also strong enough to maintain good position at an instrument. With younger children I suggest starting piano lessons first as an introduction to music, since this instrument also requires performing movements in both hands independently, yet is slightly less technically challenging.
How do you teach?
You can have a peek on how I teach through my Live Harp Lesson series for beginners and intermediate players. Every Friday at 11:00 am I give a short, FREE lesson via Facebook and Instagram. Each session cover one topic or piece and lasts between 20 to 30 minutes.
See the video below below for one of the latest lessons, or click to check out all videos
Live Harp Lesson no 18 – How difficult it is to play the harp?
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