Harp Lessons

coaching and instruction

I'm fascinated by how learning happens and I love helping to facilitate it. Over the past two decades I've worked with all ages and levels of harpists. 

My goal is always to help you grow as a musician.

My Harp Tuesday video series grew out of a desire to share some of my thoughts about playing the harp. It should serve to give you a good idea of my teaching style!

Due to COVID-19, I am ONLY teaching online at this time.

I offer both regular lessons and on-demand coaching sessions.

Via Skype or Zoom I'm able to work with harpists all across the globe! Email me if you're interested in working with me.

I'm based in Victoria, BC, Canada, but at the moment I am ONLY offering online lessons. 

Current rates (Fall 2022):

$40 Canadian for 30 minutes

$73 Canadian for 60 minutes

Payment via etransfer (within Canada) or Paypal (rest of the world).

More info:

lessons coaching sessions

Current availability 
(Winter 2023)

Limited availability/wait list. Email me with details of what it is you're looking for to find out my current availability.

one-on-one

Lessons

Commitment:

Weekly or every-other-week

Payment and Cancellation Policy: 

e-transfer for students in Canada and Paypal for the rest of the world. Payment for the upcoming month's lesson required, payable at the last lesson of each month. 

Part of booking a lesson is reserving that time slot. Cancellations are disruptive and to be avoided if at all possible, but I know sometimes things come up. If you do need to cancel a lesson, please let me know as soon as possible!  I charge full price for lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice (except in case of illness). 

Payment for lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice will be rolled into next month (or refunded if you're taking a break/stopping lessons). Similarly, if I have to cancel a lesson for any reason, that payment will carry over into next month.

While 24 hours is the cutoff before I start charging for a cancelled lesson, I prefer as much lead time as possible:

3 or more weeks notice - perfect, I can't ask for anything more!

1 week's notice - i.e. letting me know at your lesson that you can't make next week's lesson - acceptable, though not ideal.

Less than a week's notice - less than ideal and to be avoided if at all possible.

Less 24 hours notice (except in case of illness) - full charge for that lesson.

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on demand

Coaching Sessions

Coaching is for people who aren't looking for regular lessons but would like to pick my brains and get help and feedback on a specific subject. For example - you're preparing a concert program and would like to get my thoughts and suggestions on the music. 

Whether you already have a teacher or haven't had one for a long time, getting a trusted second set of ears and eyes to give you feedback is always valuable.

Payment and Cancellation Policy: 

Paypal or e-transfer are accepted.  Payment is due on booking confirmation.

36-hour cancellation notice required.

Due to the limited amount of coaching time I have available, I charge $73 for any cancellation made with less than 3 days (36 hours) notice.

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Getting set up for online lessons:

I currently teach via both  Skype and  Zoom (I prefer Skype). You'll need to install one or both of those on the device you plan to use for your lesson. A laptop tends to be ideal, as it is easy to position and adjust. A large tablet is excellent as well, as long as you have a way to keep it completely vertical (or even point down a bit). While it is possible to use a phone, the small screen size is not ideal.

If your computer does not have a webcam or even if it does, but it's of poor quality, you may need to get an external webcam. I would recommend a Logitech C920.

Position your device on the left side of your harp, to the left of your music stand. The camera should be aimed at you and show a nice, almost side-on view, with both hands visible when playing, as well as your torso, shoulders, and head.

Consider using headphones/earbuds.

If possible, connect via ethernet cable to your modem, rather than WiFi. If you have to use WiFi, try to be close to your router.

If this is your first online harp lesson, try to do a test run with a friend to make sure your setup is working ok!

If you find yourself doing a lot of online lessons, consider using a USB mic (or USB audio interface + microphone) to increase the sound quality of your audio signal. 

This  Harp Tuesday  episode below was geared more towards teaching online lessons, but might have some useful info on setup: