The harp is a unique and beautiful instrument. On the harp, even the notes of beginners sound beautiful. Students of any age can begin playing the harp, and there are many sizes of harps to accommodate various ages. All you need is a love for the instrument, and the commitment to learn!
The benefits of playing the harp are many, developing focus, independence, and expression. The music skillfully created on the harp is individually satisfying, and in our Suzuki program, the community developed among harpists is fun and encouraging for all.
In general, harpists have many choices for performing, both in ensembles and as a solo instrument. As a career, harpists play in orchestras, perform at receptions and events, teach in a variety of settings, perform for religious ceremonies or with a choir, or use the harp is healing or therapeutic settings.
Do I need a harp? How do I obtain a harp?
Every student needs an instrument to practice on at home. Harps can be purchased or rented. All harps played by students must pass the teacher’s approval for playability and tone quality. They must have at least 34 strings and be strung with concert tension. Please involve the teacher in your harp buying or renting process. We recommend renting a harp through Lyon and Healy’s harp rental program. CLICK HERE to go to their website.
Do I have to bring my instrument to lessons?
No, a harp is provided for all private lessons, but you might need to transport your harp to group lessons. If you have a smaller vehicle, consider renting the Ogden model from Lyon and Healy, which has legs that can be removed for transportation.
Who is responsible for Instrument Maintenance?
It is the parent’s job to maintain the harp. Your teacher will teach you how to maintain your instrument.
At what age does harp instruction begin? How do we begin?
We can begin students at the age of 3, and teach up through the age of 18. If you are interested in taking harp lessons, please come observe a lesson! CLICK HERE for more information.
CLICK HERE for the Parent Guidebook, which contains ISA's policy for solo performance attire. For the ISA Annual Concert, all ISA students are required to wear the following:
- White blouse/dress shirt, elbow length or longer
- Black dress pants/skirt, below the knee or longer
- Black hose/stockings
- Black dress shoes
- Red tie (boys) or red sash/headband (girls)
As a harpist, we have to consider the instrument as a guide to appropriate attire. For lessons and performances, please take note of the following guidelines:
- Skirts must have a hem that hits below the knee.
- For all who have pedal harps, shoes must have a closed toe and non slippery sole.
One final important note:
Nails must be trimmed to play the harp. Nail clippers and a waste basket are provided, but lessons will not begin until nails are trimmed. This directly affects your technique.