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I love teaching harp and seeing my students make progress. I am very proud to hear them play well and see them enjoy themselves at the same time. Harp playing can be fun and relaxing. The harp is a very generous instrument, since it sounds great from the start, it makes it easy for the beginners.

I teach adults and children, both with and without previous musical experience. I teach both pedal and lever harps. Students who don’t own a harp are welcome to rent a lever harp from me. The lessons are held at my studio.
Most lessons are one hour long, some students prefer one and half hour lessons. Half hour lessons are not advisable unless the student is a young child with a short attention span.

In my teaching I put a big emphasis on a good quality warm sound, which can be established by correct hand position.

In both adults and children I reinforce the need of solid technique which we achieve by playing scales, arpeggios and studies, but I respect their choices in solos as long as they are within their level of playing.

Students play in Recital two times each year, which is great opportunity to showcase their skills and practice performing in front of people. The recitals take place in Broadway Christian Church in January and in May. In 2014 I formed a harp trio with two of my adult students with which we also enjoy performing for recitals and church services.

3th grade through 12th grade students also have the opportunity to join one of the Missouri Symphony Conservatory orchestras to develop their orchestral playing skills and enjoy being part of the team. The Missouri Symphony Conservatory, operated by the Missouri Symphony Society, offers three orchestra ensembles, a choral group and a summer camp which allow students to explore according to their own musical progression and interests. Programs for a wide range of ages and performance levels nurture each student’s innate artistic expression, leading to the personal rewards that come from accomplishment.

Please contact me here for my availability and pricing.