Stephanie Claussen teaches harp lessons out of her home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her teaching is informed by her knowledge of classic Western music theory and history, choral singing, many styles of early dance, and folk music from around the world. She strives to ingrain in each student not only correct hand position and rhythm, but also an sense of musicality. Harp provides a great foundation in music theory, and can help students with their sight-reading skills.
Stephanie charges $30 for a half-hour lesson. No prior piano instruction is required. She is not currently accepting students, however she can give referrals to many other amazing harp teachers in the Twin Cities. Prospective harpists may also wish to check the website of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Harp Society.
E-mail Stephanie to set up an appointment in her home to go over your goals for learning harp. You’ll discuss your current learning level and any previous music instruction you might have had (if applicable). If you have any existing music books, piano or otherwise, bring them along. Stephanie will spend some time with you at the harp so you can get an idea of her teaching style. Finally, you will lay a framework for future instruction, including a weekly time slot for you.
A lesson could include:
- Going over assigned exercises to improve hand posture and master new techniques.
- Sight-reading! (Reading new music is the only way to develop those skills.)
- Analyzing new music, including fingering, dynamics, chord structure and phrasing.
- Working on music assigned the previous week, tackling problem spots, discussing how to practice more effectively, and setting specific goals for the next lesson.
Lessons are a time for learning new skills, but don’t expect to make progress if you don’t practice during the week. Set aside time to practice at least 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. During each lesson, Stephanie will update a notebook so you will remember what you covered in each lesson, and what to work on for next time.