I teach the harp to children and adults, from the ages of 7 to 70, both privately and in schools, mostly using 34-string Celtic harps.
Despite the common misconception that the harp is an esoteric and difficult instrument to play, it’s actually the easiest instrument on which you can make a beautiful, satisfying sound at an elementary level.
Until recently there has been very little good material written for the early stages of learning the harp, so I have spent the last few years gradually writing more and more pieces which are fun to play and also develop harping skills. Initially a lot of these were published in three books (Harpo One, Two and Three), but I have now incorporated them into two graded teaching books: Harpo Beginners and Harpo Not Quite Beginners (with Harpo Certainly Not Beginners on the way). There is a CD included with the book, and what makes these books different from most other instrumental tutors is the way I use them to teach both conventional note-reading as well as playing by ear, understanding harmony, and transposition. There is also a teacher’s book full of accompaniments, sight-reading snippets and further exercises.
On Saturday mornings I teach for the Oxfordshire County Music Service, working with orchestras, a young children’s musical-fun-and-games group, and a percussion group, for which I also write the music.