Rebecca has over thirty years of experience teaching music. She brings her Classical training in performance, music theory and history, and combines it with Celtic improvisation to create a unique pedagogical style.
As part of her continuing exploration of the harp and its music, Rebecca has attended many Celtic harp workshops in North America and Ireland where she studied with such notable harpists as Kim Robertson, Gráinne Hambly, and Sharlene Wallace.
Her teaching method is encouraging and friendly, specializing in adults from beginner to advanced. Her lessons cover a variety of genres and include elements such as:
- Reading music and playing by ear
- Improvisation and ornamentation
- Music theory and arranging
- Musical interpretation
- Effective practice methods
- Accompanying techniques
- Relaxed hand position
- Assembling two-handed playing
Private Harp Lessons
Rebecca offers lessons in Celtic harp and is currently accepting new students.
Have you always wanted to play the harp?
Try an introductory lesson with Rebecca. You won’t need a harp since she will provide one as well as a take-home harp handout. Contact Rebecca for more information.
For the last fifteen years Rebecca has been teaching harp workshops and harp circles around the Lower Mainland. She has held workshops through Early Music Vancouver, Prussin Music and Place des Arts. Her workshops cover a variety of genres from early music to Folk and popular. Harp players from Intermediate Beginners to Advanced are welcome. See Upcoming Events or contact Rebecca for more details.
Rebecca’s workshops include an annual Christmas Harp Workshop and Spring Celtic Harp Workshop she holds in Kitsilano and at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lessons
The ability to read music is not a necessity, but aids greatly in increasing a student’s chances for success. Rebecca will take on adult students without any previous musical skills, but will require they start to learn music notation as part of their lessons.
Harp, like any complex skill (like athletics), requires a commitment of time and repeated effort in order to improve. To see steady progress, it is recommended that a student practice a minimum of 20 minutes at least five times a week. The key to success is to set small goals and to see them through. Rebecca will give excellent tips on how to practice efficiently.
Contact Rebecca and check her availability. Once a lesson time is confirmed she requires 24 hours’ notice of cancellation or else the lesson will be charged. Payment is due on the day of the lesson or through a prepaid agreement. Contact Rebecca for more details.