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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Fingers, Feet, Heart: a harper’s introduction to Cape Breton Step Dance, Dominique Dodge.

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


An introduction to Cape Breton step dance through a classic strathspey and reel set. Steps and tunes have a common ancestor in Gaelic speech rhythms, so we’ll begin by learning to sing the tunes as puirt-a-beul. We’ll bring these rhythms from the voice to the body by exploring foundational strathspey and reel steps. When approaching these tunes on the harp, we’ll give attention to appropriate pace, phrasing, and accompaniment. Please wear smooth-soled shoes, either flat or with a 1-3 inch square heel, and bring a recording device.

You are welcome to bring your harp with you to the workshop.




April 3
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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