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Lessons & Workshops

Dedicated Teacher

Dedicated Harp TeacherRebecca 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.

Harp Workshops

Harp WorkshopsFor 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

Do I need a harp for the first lesson?

No, Rebecca’s introduction lesson will provide you a harp to play. If you decide to continue with lessons, she will help you find a harp to rent which is highly recommended for the first few months. See Choosing a Harp or Buying or Renting a Harp.

Do I need to be able to read music in order to play the harp?

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.

Is there an age minimum for new students?

Rebecca teaches students from 8 and up.  For younger students she requires they have a minimum of 2 years of piano and can read Bass and Treble Clef. Please contact her for details.

How much do I have to practice?

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.

How often do I need to come for lessons?

For young people, it is recommended every week to keep concepts fresh. Some adult students find it best to come for an hour lesson every other week.  Contact Rebecca for more details.

Are harps expensive to buy or rent?

There are many more harps available these days, so prices have come down considerably ($800 and up). Harps can also be rented for as low as $50.00/month depending on the size. See Buying or Renting a Harp or Choosing a Harp.

How do I schedule a lesson?

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.

Where can I find a harp?

For lots of helpful information see Buying or Renting a Harp or Choosing a Harp.

What if I can't find a harp teacher in my town?

Rebecca teaches students living around the world through online harp lessons with Skype.  Contact her for more information.

Where can I find out about harp events and concerts?

See Events for details on workshops and concerts.