It goes without saying that, compared to all other instruments, learning the harp is a wonderful privilege. It has a rich and diverse repertoire that traverses centuries, cultures, styles and geographic boundaries. For the musically curious, the harp is truly a wonderful choice. While it stands apart from the crowd, it is, like all others, an instrument of music, and here lies the essence of my teaching philosophy.
Instruments are simply that; vehicles of something greater than themselves: musical expression, musical thought, musical creativity and musical communication. It is my approach that the harp becomes the window through which one can create and experience music.
I treat technique similarly. It is a means, not an end. Nevertheless, a solid technique is the foundation for a musical voice, and so is absolutely critical. While I am not a Suzuki harp teacher, my philosophy is similar to what Shinichi Suzuki once said. He believed that teaching to learn an instrument is part lecturing and part bringing out that which is within each individual. Your goals are also mine. Whether it is to progress to a high level of proficiency or simply to find an escape from daily stress, my ultimate goal is to help you achieve yours.
In my lessons, I stress independence, critical thought, and resourcefulness within an analytical framework that is both physically and mentally engaging.