I'm very excited to announce that I will be teaching at the TCU Summer Harp Workshop this July 6-8, 2022!
The TCU Summer Harp Workshop offers 3 days of harp ensemble, solo masterclasses, and interactive sessions about the harp uniquely customized for the participants enrolled. Each day will begin with a focus on physical wellness through stretching and yoga designed for harpists. Kela Walton will offer individual instruction in masterclasses, as well as ensemble coaching. Sessions away from the harp on customized topics such as: practice strategies, harp history, audition/competition prep, or how to take care of your harp will be offered pending interest by the participants. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to perform on the final recital. This year’s workshop will celebrate being able to create music together again, safely in the same space.
The workshop is open to young harpists 8th grade and above, intermediate to advanced level. Students are asked to bring their own instruments, as the availability of rental harps is quite limited.
Learn more and register online at https://finearts.tcu.edu/music/events-and-programs/summer-camps/tcu-harp-workshop/
Here are my top 10 tips for taking great notes in your lessons. These tips will help any parent or student refine their note taking skills. Whether you are new to Suzuki lessons (on any instrument) or a veteran with tons of experience, I hope you will find at least one new idea to incorporate into your note taking style!
Originally published in the Suzuki Association of the Americas series "Parents as Partners Online" in 2020.
In Episode 67 of the Harp Column Podcast, host Kristina Finch and I chat about my articles Keeping the Beat and Fine Tuning in recent issues of Harp Column. For more practical harp news and information visit www.harpcolumn.com, and tune in for more podcasts taking you behind the stories in Harp Column.
With the help of several experts, we take a deep dive into the world of pulse, rhythm, and metronomes, as well as review metronome apps in the July/August 2020 issue of the Harp Column.
With the help of several experts, I take an in-depth look at tuning as well as review tuning apps. We get into, "the nitty-gritty about the chore harpists love to hate." in this special stay at home May/June 2020 issue of the Harp Column. FREE for all harpists to download or read online here!
In Episode 44 of the Harp Column Podcast, host Kristina Finch and I chat about my article What Makes A Musical Role Model in the November-December 2018 issue of Harp Column. We talk about how I researched this article, and my personal role models. This episode also includes Kristina's conversations with the 20th International Harp Contest in Israel first and second prize winners, Lenka Petrovic and Joel von Lerber. For more practical harp news and information visit www.harpcolumn.com, and tune in for more podcasts taking you behind the stories in Harp Column.
I'm pleased to share another article I've written for the Harp Column!
I asked harpists of all ages and career paths about their musical role models, and the impact these important people have on their lives today.
“An idol may have a desirable, glamorous life that we eye appreciatively but never actually emulate. A hero may blaze the way forward, teaching and encouraging. But a role model is a person who offers, often unwittingly, an accessible pattern of living,” writes Faith Durand, editor-in-chief at The Kitchn food blog. With that definition in mind, who is your musical role model? What qualities do they inspire you to emulate in your daily life?
Harp Column Subscribers can read the full article here: https://harpcolumn.com/blog/what-makes-a-musical-role-model/
I had a great time talking with Hosts Abigail Peterson and Christine Goodner about balancing teaching and a rigorous performance schedule on episode 24 of their Beyond the Music Lesson Podcast! This is a fantastic podcast to inspire your music education journey for parents, teachers, and students alike!
Listen using the links above or find it on Spotify, iTunes, or your favorite podcast platform.
The Midwest Harp Festival held at the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma features intensive summer harp study for students of all ages as well as a competition. On of my former adult students Linda Goodman of Austin, TX placed first in the Advanced I division in the 2017 Midwest Harp Festival Solo Competition. Linda is pictured above (2nd from right) at the winners recital after performing Marcel Tournier’s Au Matin. I am so proud of Linda's hard work over the years and her amazing performance at the competition!
Read more about the 2017 Midwest Harp Festival online here: https://www.harpcolumn.com/midwest-harp-festival-underway/
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