I really look forward to my days in school teaching harp. Pupils as young as 7 have begun their harp adventures with me in school, some of whom, by age 9, are already working towards Grade IV in Irish Traditional Harp Performance through the London College of Music. To date, all of my pupils have achieved high merits and distinctions in all their exams.
Learning tunes by ear is a truly musical experience for the pupil and is a skill that, once developed, will remain with them for life. Not only does such musical training provide an invaluable education for the individual, but it also contributes hugely to the life of the school.
School assemblies, carol services, prize days, open days, spring teas and concerts are greatly enriched by the addition of a harpist or harp ensemble. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for young, aspiring musicians to develop confidence and skill in performance situations.
Learning the harp at any age is a deeply rewarding experience. Its mellifluous sound and warm, resonant tonal quality have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. Even the most simple of melodies sound extra special when played on harp so it really is a rewarding experience from day one!