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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Macmath : The Silent Page, Wendy Stewart.

April 4@11:00 am - 12:00 pm


This is the title of a recent project which brought to life an almost forgotten archive of songs collected in the Glenkens area of Dumfries & Galloway by William Macmath in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Macmath contributed enormously to the famous Professor Child’s Ballad collection but is relatively unknown himself. Now, thanks to song researcher Ali Burns, we have a stage show and CD to celebrate him. Wendy will illustrate how she, and fellow musicians from Scotland’s South West, turned dry word into living song. Bring your harp or any other instrument and have a go at a couple of beauties!

Supported by: The Clarsach Society Isle of Lewis Branch ,The Clarsach Society Transpennine Branch, Harps North West

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



April 4
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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