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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Exploring Pibroch, Bill Taylor & Barnaby Brown

April 3@10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Bring your harps and expect to sing: this is an active session for all ages and stages.

Through canntaireachd, we will explore practical ways of plundering Scotland’s largest and most exotic chest of musical goodies. You will leave with a range of ideas to work into your practising, arranging, composing or improvising – ideas road-tested by Gaelic harpers and pipers over centuries. All examples will be from ‘Colin Campbell’s Instrumental Book 1797’, produced in Argyll. These will introduce pibroch’s full spectrum, building confidence in how to access and utilize the online source material. Leave preconceptions at the door.




April 3
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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