Reading Music for Harp [Course]

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A 4-week online course for harpists who want to read music with confidence.

Suitable for: anyone wanting to learn music, including…

  • complete beginners
  • harpists with experience of learning by ear or through videos
  • harpists with some experience in reading music who’d like extra support

Format: 4 weekly modules containing over 20 prerecorded videos + introduction module, exercises and PDFs to print out or use on a tablet

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Reading Music for Harp

The first practical program of its kind for harpists who want to read music with confidence!


This course not only shows you how different aspects of music theory come together but also guides you step by step through the practicalities of transforming the notes on the page into sound.

As you feel and develop the connection between your fingers, strings and the notes, you go from feeling unsure about learning new pieces to feeling confident in your ability to read music and play the harp at the same time!


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Who is it for?

You love harp and are inspired and motivated to get better at playing. You’re tired of feeling that music notation is a barrier between you and the music, and you are ready to change this!


Whether you are…

  • A harp player who’s been learning new pieces by ear or with video tutorials, and now you’ve come to the point where you want to add reading music to your toolbox so you can have more freedom in your choices.
  • A beginner with no previous musical experience, you’re right at the start of your journey with the harp want to know how to avoid falling into the most common traps so that you can learn to play faster!
  • A harp learner who’s been practising reading music and playing for a while now, but it seems that after initial progress you lost your momentum… and you want to put things back in motion!


You’re in the right place!

This Course will give you the practical tools and support on your journey to reading music and playing the harp with confidence and freedom!

By the end of this program you will…

Read music in both treble and bass clef at the same time

Know the notes and relate them to the actual string

Be familiar with the geography of your harp and where each octave is in relation to the notes

See how different bits of music theory come together on the harp

Feel what it’s like to look ahead and prepare early so you can play fluently

Play in time and be able to work out rhythms on your own

Have a strategy for learning new pieces


A few words from our students…

I decided to take Zuzanna’s Reading Music for Harp as a last ditch effort. I had been struggling to learn the bass clef with my new harp and nothing was working. I kept buying new music and just found I could not read my way through it!

This course can be done at your own pace, which I loved. The accompanying videos are fantastic. Slowly, slowly it all starts to come together. A full two months after finishing the course, something clicked for me. The patterns started to pop out and that left hand started making sense!

Thank you Zuzanna for sharing your harp know-how!

Liz (Canada)


I knew that there were different skills that I needed to learn: knowing the notes, relating them to the strings, playing early, counting the rhythm. I hoped that I would get some of or all under my belt, and be able to use them individually – and maybe (just maybe!) be able to combine some of them at the same time.

And I have been able to do this, and a lot more often that I could before! In addition I particularly like how I now have a tool box for working out the notes, and I am so grateful for that.

Very, very happy!

Denise (UK)


I wanted to understand how to read music and play at the same time. The way it was presented really helped to connect the page to the strings for me. The exercises were very helpful in working with two hands together, and the moving music got me familiar with looking ahead to see what is coming. The speed of the movement allowed me to still think, yet work to improve my recognition speed by doing this. I feel more comfortable now using two hands as soon as possible.

I have made it a point to look for patterns in my songs before putting fingers to harp at the beginning of my practices, and I feel I am progressing faster than I have before. This last module was by far my most favorite. I am really looking forward to the next few months of my practice with having more confidence in my ability to learn and grow musically by using the skills taught here.

Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this wonderful learning experience!

Maris (US)


I was hoping to get comfortable with reading sheet music in this course, and to have a motivational tool to help me in the process: it was a success for both! After the second week I could name the notes we had worked on with little hesitation.

I felt connected and motivated, I could do the exercises in my spare time and the small, frequent videos with exercises worked extremely well for concept assimilation for me.

Charlotte (France/Italy)


What’s inside…

Introduction Module
  • information on tuning and setting up your harp
  • basic harp playing technique
  • how to plan your learning
Module 1 – The connections
  • time signatures
  • time values
  • the 3 basic patterns
  • strategies for rhythm practice
  • strategies for practising reading notes
  • playing and reading hands together!
  • printable cheat sheets and work sheets
Module 2 – Patterns in practice
  • analysing the patterns
  • reading patterns
  • “tracing” method
  • managing jumps
  • printable cheat sheets and work sheets
Module 3 – Tricky places and looking ahead
  • recognising multiple skips
  • similarities and differences
  • seeing the connections beyond bar lines
  • looking ahead
  • spotting tricky places
  • recognising what makes a section easier than it may seem
  • managing hands moving together
  • printable cheat sheets and work sheets
Module 4 – Practice strategies
  • tied notes
  • managing early placing for long notes
  • strategies for learning a new piece
  • “small” and “big” patterns
  • learning a piece together
  • guidance for future practice
  • printable cheat sheets and work sheets
  • bonuses for course students!


And you can get all the above for the exceptional price of £119!

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Questions your fellow students asked before getting the course…


What level is this for?

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn to read harp music, including complete beginners. You can start learning from the day your harp is delivered!

If you play by ear or learn through videos and now want to learn to read music, this course will be a perfect choice.

Many of our students had experience with other instruments reading only 1 line of music (violin, cello, trumpet) and they confirm this course helped them to get fluent in reading 2 lines and clefs!


Do I need a harp or can I take the course before I get one?

The course is highly practical and from Day 1 you learn to make the connections between the notes and the strings while playing your harp.

If you haven’t got a harp yet, consider hiring an instrument before taking the course so you can make the most of it!


I’ve only got a small-size non-lever harp, will this work for everything I will need to play during the course?

You will need 7 strings below your middle C (reaching to low C) and 7 strings above (reaching to high C).

You will need to be able to play in the key of C major, so non-lever harp is fine as long as you’re happy to tune it to the key of C major (and you will see how to do this in the course!).


How is Reading Music different from other music theory resources?

Reading Music for Harp is not like any music theory books or websites you have come across… because it’s all about putting things in PRACTICE.

Every week you will receive a set of carefully curated, practical exercises designed specifically for harp (no more confusing tips that are only relevant to other instruments!).

The method used in this course has been designed through my experience of teaching harpists how to read music in a 1-1 setting and you will find it a lot more similar to a harp lesson rather than a dry exercise from a music theory book or app.

We connect learning and playing, and you are guaranteed to learn exactly what you need to PLAY the harp (hands together from day 1)!


Why this program costs more than other online harp courses?

In this course you learn skills that will give you freedom to read music and to access a whole world of harp resources on your own.

You won’t need a teacher to play for you or show you which strings to pluck, as you will have the confidence to work out the notes and rhythms by yourself.

You will have in place proven strategies for learning a new piece and will not need to depend on step-by-step instructions.

To put it differently: instead of being given a fish, you will learn HOW to fish… and the musical skills you’ll gain will allow you to learn more pieces (and more new skills!) through any other resources you will find!


How could it work for me if I’m already taking 1-1 lessons?

The course is designed to work both alongside any existing training that you’re already taking as well as for self-taught harpists.

In the course you work on universal skills that will serve you for a lifetime of harp playing.

Learning these will help you progress more quickly and make the most of 1-1 lessons or any other training that you’re working through at the moment… so you can enjoy making music (instead of working out the notes).

The exercises in Reading Music for Harp are unique to this course and you won’t get them anywhere else – so no risk you end up working on the same material for the second time elsewhere!


How much time do I need?

The course is designed to be taken over 4 weeks, with each of 4 Modules becoming available at the beginning of each week.

Each Module consists of 4-5 videos lessons. You will get best results if you set aside some time to practice every day, and we recommend taking 20-30 minutes a day to work your way through all the lessons in a given week.

You can make progress even with as little as 10 minutes a day. You may then need a little longer than a week per Module, but that’s OK! Once released, all Modules are available to watch for a full year, so you can learn at a pace that works best for you.


Are the lessons live or prerecorded?

The lessons are prerecorded so you can start learning anytime, regardless of your time zone or schedule.

The learning content is organised into 4 Modules across 4 weeks, with Modules released weekly, so you can gradually build foundations and feel at ease with the basics before progressing to more advanced skills.


Is there a time limit for completing the lessons?

You get access to the course videos for a full year (365 days from the date Module 4 is released).

All the additional materials (checklists, transcripts, scores for the exercises) are downloadable so you can keep using them for as long as you like!


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1 review for Reading Music for Harp [Course]

  1. Susan Johnston

    I have always believed music notation is a tool designed to keep us confused and humble. As a singer, I was familiar with the treble clef but, mostly, relied on my ear for the notes. Sheet music was about the words. Then I took up the harp. I could pick out melodies, but would need to read music or remain a beginner forever. Fortunately, Google sent me to Zuzanna Olbrys and her ‘Reading Music For Harp’ course. Zuzanna has a gift for explaining complex things in simple terms and creating helpful tools and a clear process to follow. She also encourages us to be patient with ourselves as adult learners. (That may have been the most important lesson, for me.) I won’t pretend I’m perfect at it, but I can now read both the treble and bass clefs and attach that information to my fingers in a timely fashion. That feels a bit like a miracle. (As a bonus, I find I’m easily reading the notes in choral music.) Thanks so much Zuzanna.

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