Is the course designed for adults or for children?
Both! The speed of the course is such that it suits both children and adults. For younger children we do recommend having an adult help them, especially with motivation. One thing you don’t get from our course is the knowledge that your teacher will be disappointed in you if you haven’t practiced, but this needn’t be a problem if the person learning is motivated in themselves.
Do I need to be able to read music?
Not at all. The first year of the course is entirely done by show and copy, and the rest of the course can be done without reading music if you don’t want to learn to.
Will I learn to read music?
If you want to, then over the second and third years of the course we’ll show you how to read music, so that when you graduate from the course you’ll be able to continue learning new songs. This is not essential though, many great musicians don’t read music (Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Pavarotti, Hans Zimmerman, Irving Berlin and plenty more) You’ll also learn how to learn songs by ear, which is a much more instinctive way of playing.
How do I get feedback from the tutor on my playing?
The simplest way is to email any questions or struggles you have to our harp tutor Morwennna. You can also send videos or arrange Skype or telephone sessions if you want her to be able to see or hear what’s going on. Morwenna’s email address is [email protected]
Can I get a discount for buying a harp after renting it during the course?
Yes. If you want to buy the harp after renting for 1 or more years you get 25% off the price of the harp for each year you have rented it. After the 3 year course you can just forfeit your deposit and you own the harp!