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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The Festival Orchestra, directed by Isobel Mieras / Pippa Reid Foster / Angelorum, directed by Cheryl Ann Fulton

April 5@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

£5.00 - £9.00

The Festival Orchestra is made up of students attending the Festival and na Clarsairean, the orchestra of the Edinburgh Branch of the Clarsach Society. Together they will perform the suite The Megget Valley, by Isobel Mieras, incorporating new and traditional music, inspired by the turbulent history and peaceful landscape of the Scottish Borders.

Pippa Reid Foster will play compositions featured in her debut album Driftwood Harp. Creating these pieces, some in traditional idiom and others more abstract in form, has been an emotional and inspiring journey which she is delighted to share with us this afternoon.

Heavenly Harmonies. The medieval harp in the 21st century has the same power to enchant and uplift as it did in the 12th. The harp ensemble Angelorum brings the music of the spheres down to earth.  Medieval modes, melodies, and methods of improvisation are woven together on ten historical harps to create a vibrant, shimmering tapestry of sound.

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April 5
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£5.00 - £9.00
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