Guide to Course Levels & Teaching Method

Guide to Course Levels & Teaching Method

Course Levels

  • Beginner: You have no experience of playing the harp.
  • Post-beginner: You took last year’s Beginners’ course, have had relatively few lessons and/or require help with basic technique.
  • Elementary: You can already perform simple tunes, require further help in consolidating basic technique and wish to work slowly and carefully.
  • Elementary/Intermediate: As Elementary but you feel ready to stretch your boundaries.
  • Intermediate: You already have good technique and can work at a moderate pace.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: As Intermediate, but you are ready and willing to work at a faster pace.
  • Advanced: Your technique is good and you wish to work at a good pace to stretch yourself.
  • Mixed Ability: For all levels, except Beginner.

For further advice about course levels please contact us on +44 (0) 131 445 2022

Teaching Method

  • E: teaching will be by ear with written music given out only at the end of the course.
  • E+M: teaching will initially be by ear with written music given out during or at the end of each session.
  • M: teaching will be from written music.
  • M+E: written music will be given at the start of the course. However, teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of skill in reading/assimilating music.
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Dominique Dodge, Cape Breton music. 5 day course.

April 1@1:00 pm - April 5@2:30 pm


Five day courses 

Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day 

Monday: 1 hour 


Though the harp tradition in Scotland died out just before the first waves of Gaels reached the tree-lined shores of Cape Breton, the dance-driven music that survived and evolved on the island is a natural fit for the instrument. Fiddling, piping and Gaelic song stand tall here and we’ll look at adapting repertoire from each lineage to the harp. The unique, percussive piano style which has come to define Cape Breton accompaniment is full of rhythms and structures for harpers to explore. Come prepared for some cracking traditional dance tunes, a song or two, and a window into a vibrant living tradition.






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April 5@2:30 pm
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