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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March 2017
Free

Opening Gathering

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Concert Series

Free but numbers limited. Tickets will be available on the door only from 6.45pm. Join us for an opening reception and musical gathering featuring cameo performances from some of this year's artists and tutors to start this the 36th EIHF. Come and meet friends old and new.    

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April 2017
£72

Adriano Sangineto, Rhythmic soul of the dancing harp. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  Elementary Students will learn folk melodies and songs from different Italian regions as well as some original compositions or tunes from the European folk repertoire. We will see how to introduce effective and appropriate harmonies. At the beginning, tunes will be taught by ear, through dancing and singing with the aim of better assimilating their rhythmic and melodic features. At the end scores and lyrics of…

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£72

Corrina Hewat, Corrina’s Creations. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED  This class will be Corrina’s choice of her own composed tunes - usually quirky, not-quite-what-you-expect tunes all written for people over the years. Corrina started composing as soon as she could get her fingers round the strings. Come and learn some new, beautiful, dark, fast, slow, funny, confusing, uplifting tunes which she is compiling for her next book, to be released once…

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£72

Laoise Kelly, Something Irish. 5 day course * SOLD OUT

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  ELEMENTARY / INTERMEDIATE    SORRY SOLD OUT  This course will be taught in the oral tradition. It will be open to all and will accommodate those who normally learn from staff notation or written music. The tunes will be from the Irish Tradition as well as newly composed tunes in that style. The melody in its basic form is taught first and then some variations…

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£72

Charlotte Petersen, Duets – Two’s Company. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE Bring your regular duet partner or come alone to work with like- minded enthusiasts on some of Charlotte’s clever, yet fun and accessible, arrangements of a variety of tunes from around the world. While written music is supplied, teaching will be at a pace sympathetic to all needs.    

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£72

Cheryl Ann Fulton, Touch-&-Tone Technique for Harp™. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  ELEMENTARY / INTERMEDIATE Here is a rare chance for players of all kinds of harps to tap into the knowledge and insight of one of the most experienced teachers and performers, so learning to create expressive and beautiful tone without physical tension. Cheryl will explain and demonstrate this technique and apply it through basic exercises to specific musical examples. Discover how this technique will help…

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£72

Wendy Stewart, Songs that crossed the Atlantic. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED There are strong song links between the British Isles and North America so let’s explore the journeys that words and melodies have made over the years, in both directions. We`ll celebrate the rich cultural borrowings that immigration brings, from angst-ridden ballads, through Bob Dylan, to children`s nonsense rhymes.

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£62

Jessica Burton, Music from Scottish Islands. Weekend course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 2 @ 6:00 pm
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Weekend Courses.  Saturday and Sunday: 2 sessions per day of 1½ hours  9:00am & 4:30pm ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE Come and learn tunes from Shetland to Skye in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We will learn simple arrangements of tunes old and new to give you a flavour of each island’s sound and style. Music will be given at the end of each session and recording devices are welcome.            

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£72

Heather Downie, Just Keep Playing. 5 day course post-beginners

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour (unless otherwise stated)  Move on with your playing through some Scottish and newly composed tunes. Feel more comfortable with the instrument while learning to play useful but fun technical exercises - that’s right, technique can be fun. This course will be at a relaxed speed with plenty of individual attention.   Powered by Eventbrite

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£72

François Pernel, Left hand techniques: elements of swing. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day Monday: 1 hour INTERMEDIATE We will work through different styles and composition looking at left hand technique and exploring how to find the heartbeat of the music. We can look at the harp like an orchestra-sometimes it’s like a bass guitar, sometimes a cello or a trumpet. It can swing and it can pound: the possibilities are endless.

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£72

Diego Laverde Rojas, Colombian & Venezuelan tunes for playing & dancing plus more improvisation tools. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED The harp is the instrument along with the “cuatro” and “maracas” that maintains the strong musical tradition between Colombia and Venezuela, through the “Joropo,” characteristically in 3/4 or 6/8. In addition, during the course, Diego will introduce the 4/4 rhythms of repertoire from other parts of Colombia (Cumbia!!) where the harp it is less well known. We will explore further variations particularly for the…

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£72

Màiri Chaimbeul, Scottish with a difference. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1. 5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  ELEMENTARY / INTERMEDIATE  We’ll learn some great traditional Scottish tunes by ear, and find our way into accompaniment and arrangement. There are so many ways to approach these beautiful old tunes, and we’ll really dig into exploring them, tearing them apart before putting them back together. We’ll touch on harmonic and rhythmic ideas and tips, ornamentation, variation, and more to help make these tunes…

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£72

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

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 5 @ 10:30 am
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour (unless otherwise stated)  INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED  The “swing” is a key to advancing your understanding and style in music. In this course, you’ll learn some of the most important swings in Breton music such as in An dro, Hanter-dro and other typical Breton dances even if you’ve never played Breton music before. Tunes will be taught by ear and phrase by phrase and we will…

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£8.00

The Latin Harp – Diego Laverne Rojas

April 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The workshop will focus on analysing rhythmical structures which are in most of the traditional songs played in a geographical area between Colombia and Venezuela, where they share the same musical heritage. Concepts like: Corrio, Seis Por Derecho, Tonada, Gavan, and many others, will be explained. Participants also will see how different harmonic progressions are built and will have the chance to understand these concepts with basic exercises on their own harps. You are welcome to bring your harp with…

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£8.00

Breton Dance – Tristan Le Govic

April 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 Like music and singing, dancing is an important part of the Breton traditional daily life. People share unique and joyous moments all together all through the year. It is a way to create a deep social link between them. In this workshop you will learn how to dance the most popular Breton dances such as An dro, Hanter-dro. No prior experience needed. The dances are fairly simple to learn. If you like dancing, singing or dancing and singing, come along…

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£8.00

Harmony Singing, Corrina Hewat

April 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Corrina has a new song she would like to bring to the Harmony Singing this year. As it has never been performed a cappella before, the Harp Festival singers will be the first. It will be taught by ear with words available, and possibly even the dots to take away! There’s no need to worry that you may not be a ‘singer’; bring your voice in whatever shape it is in plus a smile and a willingness to learn –…

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£72

Dominique Dodge, Cape Breton music. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:30 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE Though the harp tradition in Scotland died out just before the first waves of Gaels reached the tree-lined shores of Cape Breton, the dance-driven music that survived and evolved on the island is a natural fit for the instrument. Fiddling, piping and Gaelic song stand tall here and we’ll look at adapting repertoire from each lineage to the harp. The unique, percussive piano style which…

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£72

Adriano Sangineto, Music can tell stories. 5 day course.

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:30 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED During the course, participants will learn original tunes by Adriano Sangineto. Every tune provides different rhythmic and melodic features allowing each student to further develop their own individual technique. Adriano will demonstrate how to compose a musical tune, telling a story or expressing a mood or emotion. Scores will be provided in order to learn tunes more quickly, although the aim of the course…

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£72

Corrina Hewat, Simple Scottish Style. 5 day course *SOLD OUT

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:30 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  ELEMENTARY / INTERMEDIATE SORRY SOLD OUT Corrina has chosen a selection of quickly achievable Scottish tunes, which fit comfortably under the fingers, chosen specifically to have lots of repetition to allow contented learning. We will also work on a few different ornamentations to help make the tunes sing. Some time each day will be spent working on some left hand patterns to accompany the tunes,…

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£62

Karen Marshalsay, Modern Trad Tunes. Weekend course.

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 2 @ 6:00 pm
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Weekend Courses.  Saturday and Sunday: 2 sessions per day of 1½ hours  1:00pm & 4:30pm INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED While there are many fantastic old tunes, it’s very much a part of the tradition for musicians to write new ones. We have a wealth of fine tunesmiths among today’s trad players and many of them are publishing their own tune books or uploading to the internet. This class will look at arranging these new tunes for harp, many of which were written for…

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£72

Elinor Evans, Friends, Fun and Folk! 5 day course (5-11 years).

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:30 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  Children aged 5-11 years - Elementary Who doesn’t enjoy playing the harp, making friends and having fun? This course will focus on exploring some of our favourite tunes and adding interesting riffs and unusual harmonies. We will also look at writing our own tunes and exploring our harps, whilst playing musical games. During the week we will look at different styles of playing and you…

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£72

Laoise Kelly, Something Irish. 5 day course. * SOLD OUT

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:30 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SORRY SOLD OUT  This course will be taught in the oral tradition. It will be open to all and will accommodate those who normally learn from staff notation or written music. The tunes will be from the Irish Tradition as well as newly composed tunes in that style. The melody in its basic form is taught first and then some variations and different ornamentation,…

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£15.50

Màiri MacLeod, Come and try Gaelic Song.

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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£72

Eleanor Hetherington, 5 day adult beginners course.* SOLD OUT

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:30 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour (unless otherwise stated)  Adult beginners SORRY SOLD OUT   However..... T2a. NEW course on sale now!  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…

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£72

Rachel Hair, Strictly Scottish. 5 day course. *SOLD OUT

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:30 pm
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Five day courses  Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.5 hours each day  Monday: 1 hour  INTERMEDIATE SORRY SOLD OUT Looking to gain more experience playing Scottish tunes? Come and celebrate the wealth of music Scotland has to offer and learn a selection of Scottish tunes both old and new, working first on the melody and then progressing to left hand accompaniments. We’ll look at the different types of tunes common in the Scottish repertoire: sprightly strathspeys, roaring reels and wistful…

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