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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Tea Concert

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


Ciorstaidh Beaton
Currently studying for an MMus on pedal harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, harpist Ciorstaidh Beaton, from the Isle of Skye, draws upon the many native and diverse musical influences in her clarsach playing. She will present a mix of her own original tunes and a handful of well known tunes of Scotland and Ireland.

RCS Harp Party

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s lever harp department has gone from strength to strength in the last few years with players from all over the world coming to study the new BMus Traditional Music course.  Having been taught through the year by Corrina Hewat and Heather Downie, the students, including Becky Hill and Lucie Hendry, will perform dynamic solos and group material. Be prepared to spit out your scone in astonishment!

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April 4
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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