A year at piano is normally recommended and offered to those without prior musical training. Bart is an experienced teacher of both instruments.
Most students discover piano lessons often prove more than a mere stepping stone to harp, finding therein the rewards of increased confidence, dexterity and the two hand co-ordination and musical literacy which accelerate harp learning. Also fostered through piano lessons are those more elusive virtues of patience and perseverance currently missing from our modern mindset of instant acquisition! The old adage rings true, "That which grows slowly, endures".
Students of Harp Tidings have excelled in their AMEB harp and piano exams receiving, on average, the Grade Award of A (Honours): "The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all Sections, in terms of musicianship, security of technique (including intonation, tone, phrasing, articulation, rhythm), and stylistic awareness" (from QLD AMEB guidelines for exam criteria marking).
Some students wish to learn within a less structured, exam-free environment, but receive equal attention given to building a solid technical foundation.
Those without a harp may rent a 36 string Celtic harp to help inform their decision-making. Rental is free for the first month, after which $20 per week is required to rent for longer periods.
All students receive opportunities to participate in Masterclasses with eminent visiting harpists when ready, such as Melanie Genin. They benefit from further service learning opportunities, playing at weddings, occasions and often developing their own gig schedules.
The first 'get-to-know' lesson is a free, trial lesson. After this, Harp Tidings' studio lesson fees are governed and regulated by the parameters set and revised by the Music Teacher's Association of Queensland. Currently this works out at $60 per hour.
Harp Tidings is always happy to address any harp-related enquiries, so feel free to contact Bart who would be delighted to answer any questions and provide suggestions and recommendations.
For those wishing to assemble their own Celtic lever harp, particulars of Geoff Welham's recommended Harp Making Tuition Workshops in the beautiful Grafton Valley may be found on his website www.harpsatsang.com