Teaching

When I first came to harp as an adult, I didn't know what to expect. Harps come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t have to be the huge pedal harps you see in symphony orchestras or Harpo Marx movies. In the 30+ years I've been playing and teaching, I've only grown more fond of how versatile and fun playing harp can be! 

Whether you’re totally new to the harp, or you've been playing for a while and want to level-up your skills, my mission is to make playing the harp accessible to everyone interested in learning. It’s not just about the music you can make, but the ability to express yourself creatively in new ways, which is one of the reasons I love it so. 

Double-Strung Harp Lessons (or Single-Row Lever Harp) 

My specialty is double-strung harp. Not only is it a modern take on a classic instrument, double-strung harp is also the most flexible and accessible of all harps. It’s portable, it’s affordable, and it allows you to express yourself in so many ways. Because it’s still fairly new, not a lot of people know how versatile the double-strung harp can be. I’m on a mission to tell the world about just how awesome this instrument is!

If your harp has one row of strings, you're also in luck. I also teach single-row lever harp, 

Adult Harp Lessons 

My studio is open to adults at all skill levels - from curious beginners to those looking to master their instrument. If you are looking for lessons for children or adolescents, I’m happy to refer you to a trusted colleague. Feel free to contact me for recommendations. 

Local or Online Harp Lessons 

I offer lessons both in my home studio here in Chesterton (a bedroom community of the Chicagoland area) and online via video conferencing. My students tell me I'm fun, creative, motivational, and organized in my teaching style, so you get a lot out of each lesson. 

And you can study harp with me from anywhere in the world! Work on technique, learn new tunes, or take advantage of my knowledge of the contemporary double-strung harp. Lessons and coaching sessions are available to fit your schedule and musical goals. 

F.A.Q. 

How long are harp lessons?
Lessons are 45 minutes long. 

How often should I have a harp lesson?
Ideally weekly, to keep building your skills, but twice a month is a great place to start. 

Do I have to read music to be able to play the harp?
All students experience learning by ear, reading music, and musical improvisation in an organized and motivational environment. 

What kind of harp music will I be learning in my lessons?
Although I specialize in early music and traditional Scottish & Irish music, other musical styles may be available for study upon request. I've arranged and recorded (link to album) contemporary songs by artists like Chick Corea, so your only limit is your imagination! 

What kind of harp do I need for harp lessons?
Each student learns individualized nylon- or gut-strung technique for the small harp. Harps with at least 22 strings are welcome (recommended lowest note: G below middle C, or lower). Double-strung harp lessons are available for harp players with experience on other harps. 

Will you lead a workshop for our harp circle or conference?
Hands-on workshops and lecture/demonstrations are available for harp organizations, festivals, and other interested groups throughout the United States. Workshop topics include early music, Scottish and Irish repertoire, music for lap harp and double-strung harp, harp ensemble, performance skills, and “Discover the Harp” for future harpers. Master classes and other workshop topics are available by request. 

Additional questions? Contact me and let’s talk!

About Cynthia

Cindy composes & performs music for double-strung harp and voice. Read more

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Park Concert

Baugher Center, 100 W Indiana Ave, Chesterton IN 46304

Solo harp & voice concert sponsored by Westchester Public Library. Admission free. Classic film ("E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial ") follows concert. Due to the extreme heat, the concert has been moved to the Baugher Center (100 W Indiana Ave, Chesterton IN 46304).