Online Harp School 

ON DEMAND LESSON STREAMING

Learn the harp in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world at any time!

With so many people on busy schedules now (including myself!) my new online video courses can reach out to new learners around the world.  You can progress at your own pace by pausing and replaying videos.

These courses are aimed primarily at beginners and should take you to an elementary level in your playing.

Start The Harp (Online Video Course)

From simple tunes like Twinkle Twinkle & Frere Jacque to well-known songs like Pachelbel's Canon & Happy Birthday, this tutor series is packed with popular, classical and Celtic tunes that beginners love to play. The course also encourages technical work that is vital for building strong foundations at the harp - triads, scales, arpeggios and dominant 7th shapes.

Course content:

  • Learn 28 songs over 12 progressing levels

  • Watch tutorial and performance videos for each song

  • Harp basics - naming strings, finger numbers

  • Basic rhythms and note reading

  • Popular, Celtic and Classical Music

  • Musical terms and signs explains

  • Scale, Arpeggio and Dominant 7th technical work 

  • Progress at your own pace, pause & repeat videos.

Level: Beginner/Elementary

For this course you will require a small harp with/without levers.  If you haven’t already got a harp, Scottish pupils may be able to collect a hire harp from the Glasgow Studio.

Choose any of the 'Start The Harp' subscriptions to access this course.  For 'Start The Harp Plus' you will also receive monthly feedback and support on videos sent to me.  For 'Start The Harp Pro' you will receive weekly feedback and support to accelerate your progress.

A' Cluich Na Clàrsaich (Online Video Course)

Translating as ‘Playing the Harp’ in Scottish Gaelic, ’A’ Cluich Na Clàrsaich’ is a course that progresses on from ‘Start the Harp’. It reinforces basic playing before challenging learners to change levers and play more complex chord shapes and rhythms.

Course content: 

  • Learn 13 beautiful Scottish Gaelic melodies over 8 progressing levels

  • Watch tutorial and performance videos for each song

  • Learn how to use different key signatures and levers

  • Compound time and more advanced rhythms explored

Level: Beginner/Elementary

For this course you will require a harp with levers.

Choose any of the 'Start The Harp' subscriptions to access this course.  

For 'Start The Harp Plus' you will also receive monthly feedback and support on videos from this course that are sent to me.  For 'Start The Harp Pro' you will receive weekly feedback and support to accelerate your progress.

Piano/Keyboard Course (Online Video Course)

Piano/Keyboard Course - perfect for beginner players, I would recommend this course for ages 8 to 99!  If you’ve got a keyboard/piano sitting at home and you aren’t sure where to start with learning then this is the place.  Using pop music and well-known film themes and songs, these pieces are favourites for new learners and are bound to impress family and friends.

Course content:​

  • Learn 28 songs over 12 progressing levels

  • Piano/Keyboard basics - naming notes, finger numbers

  • Basic rhythms and note reading

  • Watch performance videos for each song

  • Progress at your own pace, pause & repeat videos.

Level: Beginner

Choose 'Piano/Keyboard Course' to access this course.

Musical Karate - Online Rhythm Course

This course will give you a solid foundation in understanding music theory.  It focuses on learning to read rhythms and then combines that with note-reading to improve sight-reading abilities.  If you do not already play another instrument, I would strongly suggest taking this course alongside Start The Harp, Piano/Keyboard Course or A’ Cluich Na Clàrsaich. Recommended for ages 8 and above.

Course content:​

  • Over 30 progressive exercises

  • All common rhythms covered 

  • Musical signs and words explained

  • Audio examples for each exercise

  • Progress at your own pace, pause & repeat audio tracks.

Level: Beginner

Choose 'Musical Karate - Rhythm Course' to access this course.


 

Harp Hire

Christine has a number of large and small harps available for beginners that can be collected in North-East Glasgow. 

When hiring a harp, the hire includes: harp, transport case, tuning key. 

Harps should be maintained carefully and kept away from any external heat sources in an environment of consistent and appropriate temperature.  

It should be kept in its carry-case when not in use and tuned regularly.  

Get in touch to check availability and then start learning straight away!

 

Online Live Lessons

Regular online lessons are an effective way of learning the harp, with a number of Christine's online students achieving their Grade 8 with distinction JUST from using this method.  Save lugging a heavy instrument around or sitting in traffic, online lessons provide you with the ability to fit learning the harp into every busy schedule. Check out the FAQs for the equipment you need to set up online learning or get in touch to find out availability of spaces and sign up for a trial lesson.

A trial lesson gives us the chance to check:

- FaceTime/Skype internet connection

- Aims for lessons (exams, performance preparations)

- Discuss repertoire (choose Celtic, Popular, Classical, Jazz, Irish, Scottish music....)

- Basic positioning & technique

- Technical work to suit your ability / a short tune

 

Gift Vouchers

Give your loved one the gift of music by purchasing a gift voucher for live lessons and video

courses - available in the shop.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I'm a beginner. How do I get a harp?

It is best to start by hiring a harp – firstly, get in touch to see if I have a hire harp available.  If not, you can also rent a harp through The Clarsach Society   After a few months of hiring you will begin to know what type of harp you would like.  There are three main types of harp - lap harps, lever harps (often called the 'Clarsach' or 'Celtic harp') and pedal harps (often called the 'Concert Harp').  The lap harp is the smallest and most portable type of harp you can rent and is most suited to beginner players.  The lever harp is a larger, more diverse instrument on which you can perform more complex music.  The pedal harp is an advanced instrument mainly used for classical and jazz music.  When considering buying a harp, do make sure you go along to the Edinburgh International Harp Festival held every April - which is one of the best places to buy a harp.  

Is the harp a difficult instrument to learn? Can I start as an adult? 

The harp is suitable for all ages and abilities.  A number of my students are beginner adult learners - it is never too late to start learning! Adults who have previously learnt another instrument in childhood are likely to progress even faster.  Teaching methods are adapted to each individual pupil’s learning style to ensure that lessons are at a suitable pace for every single learner.  The harp is also an extremely encouraging instrument to learn – you will produce beautiful sounds from day one!  Even the simplest pieces can sound impressive and soon after starting lessons, you will be able to begin to play well-known tunes.  As well as being a very rewarding instrument, it is also very relaxing learning to play the harp.   

How does the 'Start the Harp Plus' and 'Start The Harp Pro' memberships work?

The benefit to these memberships is that you will get continuous feedback from a qualified harp teacher as you progress through the course.  This will advance your progress significantly.  With 'Start the Harp Plus' you should submit a video monthly and for 'Start The Harp Pro' you should submit a video weekly.  This is best done via email or WhatsApp.  For all 'Start the Harp' subscriptions you will have access to both 'A' Cluich Na Clàrsaich' and 'Start the Harp' courses.  You can see the prices of subscriptions here.

What equipment do I need for live online lessons or video courses?

You’ll need a computer/tablet/iPad/smartphone with an internal microphone/webcam.  For live online lessons you will also require either FaceTime or Skype installed.  For all harp courses, your own harp is obviously essential too - however there are a number ways you can hire a harp if you don't already have one.  A good broadband connection is best for live online lessons, but if your connection is less secure I would recommend the video courses.

What is the cost of live online lessons?

 The first 20min trial lesson is free !  If you are interested in purchasing a lesson for a friend, you can buy gift vouchers in the shop.  

If you want to sign up to weekly lessons the prices are as follows:

£65 per month for 30 min weekly tuition

£90 per month for 45 min weekly tuition

£120 per month for 60 min weekly tuition

What length of live online lessons should I go for?

Weekly lesson recommendations are

30 mins - Beginners

45 mins - Players wishing to make more progress and students showing good potential

60min - Advanced students. 

Some students may be advised to have longer lessons if they are doing a grade exam or want additional theory/aural training.

What will I learn in online lessons?

You'll be studying a range of different elements in your lessons to to make you a well-rounded musician.  You can play popular, classical, folk and jazz music on your instrument, the possibilities are endless! Technique, music theory, composition, ear training and reading musical notation can also be integrated into lessons as well as practical advice such as instrument care & maintenance, practise tips, memorisation and performance preparation.  You can gain a qualification by taking an exam (ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, RCS, SQA), or simply learn for fun. I aim for students to be well-rounded players but I also want students to study the repertoire that interests them so I’m open to all their ideas too!

At what age can children start learning?

This depends on each individual child, their co-ordination and attention span.  If a child is particularly diligent, online lessons can work - my youngest online harp student is 8 years old. Otherwise, it is best to begin with face-to-face lessons.  Often between 6-9 years old is a good time to start the harp however some children may be ready at 4 years old, and others not until much later.  Often it is a good idea to combine piano tuition and other musical activities with harp tuition and for younger children.  Teenagers, particularly if they have already previously learnt another instrument, tend to progress more rapidly with the harp.

How often should I practice?

Young beginners are encouraged to practise for about 15 minutes most days and this should increase gradually as they get older.  It is difficult to put an exact time on how long a practise session should be as you should aim to complete a task rather than practise for a set length of time (quality over quantity).  If you are doing a video course, aim to complete 1-2 pieces per week.  If you are unable to practise one day, you can still broaden your musical knowledge in many ways – for example, listening to the theme music of a television program and asking yourself questions about the instruments used, mood of the piece etc – make every day musical!

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