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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Héloïse Russell-Fergusson (1896-1970): Pioneering Clarsach Player, Stuart Eydmann & Helene Witcher.

April 5@11:00 am - 12:00 pm


An exploration of the life and music of this intriguing and enigmatic musician who took the clarsach around the world in the 1920s and 30s and who made a series of experimental gramophone records in the late 1960s, just prior to the modern clarsach revival. Presenters Helene Witcher, the musician’s niece, and ethnomusicologist and historian Stuart Eydmann had been researching Héloïse separately before learning of the other’s work but now come together to share their findings and discuss the significance of their subject. Illustrated by photographs, recorded music and extracts from contemporary reports and the harper’s journals.



April 5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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