Available harp workshops
KEEPING IT INTERESTING
Experienced beginner – intermediate
You discover a delightful melody, find the music, and learn the notes. What comes next? This workshop explores how to add variety to any melody. Topics will include Celtic ornaments (what they are, where to add them in the music and how to master them), modifications to the texture of a piece, passing tones, and easy chord substitutions. Some knowledge of chords is helpful, but not necessary.
Harpists and musicians
Stephanie shares her philosophy of performance, discussing the basics of performing harp for an audience, strategies for dealing with stage fright and tips on how to talk about your music. She also talks about the reality of making mistakes, the key to enjoying a performance, why we should take risks and how to properly prepare for them.
EXPLORING TRADITIONAL TUNE COLLECTIONS
Beginner – intermediate
Tune collections such as the Simon Fraser Collection and the Patrick McDonald Collection contain hundreds of lovely and unusual tunes that are relatively unknown in the harp world. Discover how to utilize these and other free collections in your harp journey, as well as online resources like TheSession.org and IMSLP. We will walk through the process of how to simply adapt these tunes to the lever harp, including where to start when adding a left hand accompaniment, and how to best capture the flavor of each tune when playing and arranging.
ALL ABOUT THE HARP (DEMO)
Stephanie’s demos include a sampling of Celtic, Classical and pop music on the harp, a description of various types of harps (Celtic, pedal, wire-strung), a bit of history and the development of the instrument, modern harp techniques, jazz and pop on the harp, Q and A, and the opportunity for audiences to pluck the strings.
Stephanie gave her debut harp workshop at the 2017 Musicmakers Harp Twangle alongside harpist Kim Robertson. She teaches workshops for groups of 5 harpists or more. Contact her for rates and availability.