Private Harp Lessons
For information about lessons, email Emily directly:
firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the contact form.
I teach lessons for all ages and abilities - from beginner to advanced.
Most lessons are taught at my home studio in Forest Hills, Queens. My degree is from the Eastman School of Music where I studied with Ms. Kathleen Bride (Grandjany Method).
For school-age learners:
I offer lessons for students, whatever your level of interest. For all students, the emphasis is on healthy technique and a solid musical understanding. Repertoire varies for each student but is focused on high quality music.
For adult learners:
I tailor the lesson to match your personal focus. Do you want to play in public? Do you love a certain style of music? Are you playing for your own personal enjoyment? The lessons support you in maintaining health and developing good technique while assisting you in moving towards your personal goals.
Lesson Rates at my home studio:
$45/45 minute lesson
$30/30 minute lesson
Payment of checks (payable to Emily John) or cash are accepted.
Suggested Practice Strategy:
Stretch – this is important, regardless of age or ability.
Warmup – if you are working on any etudes, play the etudes, with attention to the specific area of concern. If you are not using an etude, choose a piece that you are comfortable with – play the piece once to get into “harp mode”. Choose a specific technical skill or area that you are focusing on (closing, rolling the wrist, “tickle room”, posture, etc.) and play the piece again, focusing on technique.
Small success – choose a piece that you are practicing that has a very attainable goal. For example if you have a piece that is almost finished, but that you are focusing on dynamics, work on that, or perhaps you have a piece that is new but that the goal is you learn the notes – perhaps play through the whole piece with hands alone to gain comfort with the melodic lines.
Large Work – choose the piece that you want to spend the bulk of your practice session time on. Set a specific goal and work towards that goal. When you have achieved the first goal, replay the piece (or section) to check that you have improved the area of concern. Set a new goal and continue to work the piece until you feel satisfied with the day’s work.
Cool-down/Reward- choose a favorite piece or an “easy piece” or some sightreading – play the piece and enjoy the sound of the harp.