Whether playing the harp is a life-long dream or a newly-developed interest, harp lessons are the perfect first step to ensure you’re off to a great start.
While it is one of the most difficult instruments to master, the harp is one of the easiest and most pleasant to learn. Even the simplest song will resound throughout the room — if only the same could be said about learning the clarinet or violin! Also, as all of the sound created on the harp is made by the fingers directly touching the strings making it is one of the most intimate, rewarding, and poetic instruments to play.
Students all have their own musical voice and come in all ages, sizes, and shapes. That’s what makes us all unique! I have a decade of experience teaching lessons to students ranging from four to seventy-four, including students with learning disabilities and visual handicaps. Each lesson is specifically tailored to the individual student’s level, musical goals, and innate mode of learning. Lessons will cover technique, repertoire, sight-reading, tuning, and music theory. All students are encouraged to perform in annual student recitals.
While some music background will be beneficial before starting harp lessons, it is not necessary. Like pianists, harpists use both hands independently and read a from a grand staff (two lines of music). As such, a piano background will be great aid and will ease the initial learning curve. Enrolling in lessons will allow the budding harpist to develop a fluid technique while employing proper posture and position of the hands. Remember, it’s never too late to start lessons!
Lessons are available from thirty to ninety minutes in length. Duration depends largely on the age, level, motivation, physical ability, and attention-span of the student. Weekly lessons are strongly encouraged for all new students to ensure poor habits don’t develop in between lessons. A weekly lesson is also recommended for all school-aged students. Due to hectic schedules, many adult students opt for a lesson every other week.
Currently I teach before or after hours at Salvi Harps, Inc. in Westwood, Los Angeles and in students’ homes in the South Bay on Sundays. In-home lessons are also available in Los Angeles and neighboring communities, schedule permitting.
Please contact me for availability and pricing.
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