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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April 2017
£72

Tristan Le Govic, Traditional Breton music. 5 day course.

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour Elementary In this workshop, we will play different types of the main traditional Breton dances, adding traditional Breton tunes such as marches, songs or dances to your own repertoire and learning different styles, modes and rhythms. Tristan will then guide you step by step through basic arranging appropriate to this music. No prior knowledge needed. Learners by ear or from written music are equally welcome.…

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£72

François Pernel, Elements of composition, modes for improvisation and composition with the lever harp. 5 day course.

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED  We will study some composition and see the why lever harp is so special to compose for. Different modes and improvisation will be at the heart of this course. We will look at the styles of some different composers, including Satie and Kristen Nogues, and explore how to use their techniques in our own music. Written music provided.    

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£72

Pippa Reid-Foster, Arranging & Writing with a Twist. 5 day course.

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1. 5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour INTERMEDIATE  This course will be all about learning to write and arrange with something a little different. Would you like to be able to write a fun or adventurous riff to go with your composition or arrangement? This course will help you. We will learn key techniques for arranging and making tunes our own, then add these ideas to traditional tunes and some of…

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£15.50

Pete Grassby, Come and try Tin whistle.

April 1@4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Pete has been playing and teaching for many years. This will be a simple taster class with instruments supplied which may be purchased afterwards, Each student should be able to play a few simple tunes by the end of the class.

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£72

Bill Taylor, Music from the Scots Musical Museum for Wire-strung Clarsach. 5 day course.

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  Elementary The Scots Musical Museum is a monumental collection of Scottish songs, which Robert Burns felt was his greatest achievement. It’s a strange title. We tend to think of a museum as a building, but this is a collection of ideas rather than objects. Published by James Johnson between 1787 and 1803, it contains 600 songs across six volumes. Approximately one third of the songs were…

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£72

Cheryl Ann Fulton, Meet the Medieval Modes. 5 day course. *SOLD OUT

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE SORRY SOLD OUT Do you love that medieval sound? Learn the basics of the four medieval modes (Protus, Deuterus, Tritus and Tetrardus): their melodic patterns, cadence structures, how to use modal consonance and dissonance, and the significance of Pythagorean tuning. Here is your chance to study with one of the world’s best known performers of medieval music and harp. Therapeutic and hospice harpists will…

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£72

Heather Yule, Weaving the Harp with the Spoken Word. 5 day course.

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour (unless otherwise stated) MIXED ABILITIES In the mythologies of the Celtic world the harp and the human voice have always been intertwined. This lively and creative course will explore the many ways of combining music and the spoken word, starting with the techniques of traditional storytelling. We will also consider other types of narrative, such as ballad and poetry, and how music can create an…

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£72

Wendy Stewart, Simply Scottish. 5 day course, Elementary.

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour (unless otherwise stated)  Elementary Wendy will lead you gently through some of her simple, layered arrangements of Gaelic and Scots melodies. Most slow, some with more of a pulse and all heart achingly beautiful. Recording devices welcome.

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£72.00

Eleanor Hetherington, 5 day adult beginners course.

April 1@4:30 pm - April 5@6:00 pm

Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour (unless otherwise stated)  Adult beginners    Intrigued to learn the harp? This course for absolute beginners only will take you through the first steps of playing the harp. In a friendly and supportive environment you will learn about hand position, posture and finger exercises to develop good technique. You will, of course, learn some fun and familiar melodies whilst receiving plenty of harping tips to…

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Carry on Teaching

April 2@9:00 am - 10:30 am
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An invitation to all teachers and would-be teachers to join us at one of these sessions. Free event - registration required. Following the success of The Clarsach Society’s “Dare to be a Teacher” scheme to encourage new teachers of the small harp, we invite experienced teachers, new teachers and those considering becoming teachers to join in a discussion on how best we can support this continuing work. If you have an idea (or several) you wish to share or a…

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£15.50

Karen Marshalsay, Come and try wire-strung harp.

April 2@9:00 am - 10:30 am
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An opportunity to try this beautifully resonant instrument, whether an experienced gut player or a complete beginner. Fingernails are not necessary, although if you have them they do make the harp sound better and easier to play. The long resonance which is characteristic of this clarsach requires a stopped style of playing, where the finger pads damp certain strings to stop excessive ringing and give a clear melodic line and supportive harmony. We’ll look at some fingering techniques, try out…

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£15.50

Pete Grassby, Come and try Tin whistle.

April 2@1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Pete has been playing and teaching for many years. This will be a simple taster class with instruments supplied which may be purchased afterwards, Each student should be able to play a few simple tunes by the end of the class.  

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£42

Sharron Griffiths, Pedal harp. 3 day course.

April 2@1:00 pm - April 4@2:30 pm
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3 day course Sunday: 1 ½ hours - 1:00pm Monday: 1 hour - 1:00pm Tuesday: 1 ½ hours - 1:00pm MIXED ABILITIES The pedal harp can be a lonely instrument so come and join Sharron for an exciting three day pedal harp ensemble course, where you will meet other like minded pedal harpists, learning all the skills required in playing chamber music and experience the fun of playing in a group!    

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£42

Dominique Dodge, Cape Breton Dance Tunes Strathspeys, Jigs & Reels. 3 day course

April 3@4:30 am - April 5@6:00 pm
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3 day courses Monday: 1 hour Tuesday & Wednesday: 1½ hours each day  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED This course will feature Cape Breton dance music drawn from the fiddle and piping traditions, taught and explored on the harp with attention to style, lift and phrasing. Left hand accompaniment will look to Cape Breton piano for rhythm, structure, and aesthetic. An invitation to responsive, dance-driven playing of treasured tunes.      

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£42

Elinor Evans, Crossing Borders. 3 day course.

April 3@9:00 am - April 5@10:30 am
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3 day courses Monday: 1 hour • 9:00am  Tuesday & Wednesday: 1½ hours each day • 9:00am  ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE This course will blur the lines between Welsh and Scottish traditional music. We will look at tunes from both cultures and discuss the similarities and differences. There is a select number of tunes that appear in both traditions and we will look at some of these. During the week we will aim to develop sets of Scottish and Welsh tunes that work well…

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£30

Heather Yule, 3 day child beginners course (5-8 years).

April 3@9:00 am - April 5@10:00 am
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Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 1 hour session each day. Come along and have some fun on the harp. Learn a few easy melodies, how to play simple chords and discover lots of interesting musical sounds. A perfect introduction to this versatile instrument.

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£30

Heather Yule, 3 day child beginners course (9-14 years).

April 3@10:10 am - April 5@11:10 pm
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Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 1 hour session each day.  Come along and have some fun on the harp. Learn a few easy melodies, how to play simple chords and discover lots of interesting musical sounds. A perfect introduction to this versatile instrument.    

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£15.50

Karen Marshalsay, Come and try wire-strung harp.*SOLD OUT

April 4@1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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SORRY SOLD OUT An opportunity to try this beautifully resonant instrument, whether an experienced gut player or a complete beginner. Fingernails are not necessary, although if you have them they do make the harp sound better and easier to play. The long resonance which is characteristic of this clarsach requires a stopped style of playing, where the finger pads damp certain strings to stop excessive ringing and give a clear melodic line and supportive harmony. We’ll look at some fingering…

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Carry on Teaching

April 4@4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An invitation to all teachers and would-be teachers to join us at one of these sessions.  Free event, registration required. Following the success of The Clarsach Society’s “Dare to be a Teacher” scheme to encourage new teachers of the small harp, we invite experienced teachers, new teachers and those considering becoming teachers to join in a discussion on how best we can support this continuing work. If you have an idea (or several) you wish to share or a query…

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£15.50

Màiri MacLeod, Come and try Gaelic Song.

April 4@4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An opportunity to try singing in a new language. As one of Scotland’s official languages, Gaelic song has a long historical link with the Clàrsach. This class is designed for beginners but could also suit those who wish to increase their repertoire of Gaelic songs. Màiri will cover a variety of songs including lullabies and puirt-a-beul (mouth music). Gaelic singing is an oral tradition, but she will provide the words, translation, phonetic pronunciation and notated music, although using a recording…

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