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

Diego Laverde Rojas, Colombian & Venezuelan tunes for playing & dancing. 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  ELEMENTARY / INTERMEDIATE  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 time. In addition, during the course, Diego will introduce the 4/4 rhythms of repertoire from other parts of Colombia (Cumbia!) where the harp is less well known. Initially, teaching will be by ear,…

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£72

Isobel Mieras, Festival Orchestra. 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  MIXED ABILITIES Students are invited to rehearse and perform the suite “The Megget Valley” at the Wednesday afternoon concert of the Festival. The music, composed and arranged by Isobel Mieras was inspired by the turbulent history and beautiful pastoral scenery of the Scottish Borders. It consists of new and traditional material, including the moving “Border Widow’s Lament,” with parts for all abilities. Music will be…

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£72

Heather Downie, Plucking – But not as you know it! 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  MIXED ABILITIES (teenagers) Damping, strumming, sliding, drumming; the harp can be so much more than plucking strings. Come along to this fun filled course and learn how much more you can get from your harp. Explore modern arrangements of Scottish tunes and newly composed pieces, as Heather guides you through an adventure into alternative techniques. Best suited to those who feel comfortable experimenting.  

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£5.00 - £9.00

The Magic of the Harp

April 1@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A special  concert presented by children and young people featuring Anna NicNeacail (Royal National Mod Prizewinner), The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Clarsach Ensemble & children of school age from all over Scotland. You will hear the children play magical music for a story specially written by Heather Yule telling of the adventures of young Lachlan the harper. He travels over land and sea, facing many challenges, to rescue Ciorsdaidh who is being held captive by the Men of the…

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£52.00 - £96.00

Concert Series

April 1@3:00 pm - April 5@10:00 pm

Benefit from a 12% discount when you purchase one ticket for each of the concerts, excluding the Opening Gathering (C1) and Family Ceilidh (C7). Includes: The Magic of the Harp (April 1 @ 3:00 – 4:00pm) Albiez Trio / Adriano & Caterina Sangineto (April 1 @ 7:30 – 10:00pm) Cheryl Ann Fulton / Winner of the Young Composer Award (April 2 @ 3:00 – 4:00pm) Hewat Quartet/ Mairi Chaimbeul & Jenna Moynihan (April 2 @ 7:30 – 10:00pm) Tristan Le Govic Trio / François Pernel (April 3 @ 3:00…

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£72

Charlotte Petersen, Scottish 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  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED Enchanting airs, lilting waltzes and lively dance tunes from Scotland. Learn some lovely tunes, old and new, taught by ear with ready arrangements available. You are welcome to bring along a recording device.

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£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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£7.00 - £14.50

Albiez Trio / Adriano & Caterina Sangineto

April 1@7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Albiez Trio Three of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, Laoise Kelly (harp), Tola Custy (fiddle) and Cormac Breatnach (whistles)  first got together as an ensemble at the 'Celticimes' Celtic music festival in Albiez du Montrond, in the French Alps, 2014. The trio have performed at the ‘Dingle Trad fest’, ‘The William Kennedy Piping festival’ in Armagh, Corsica World music festival, and have recently performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra for the their series of 1916 concerts in the Mansion House,…

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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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£8.00

Ceilidh Dance – Sheila McCutcheon

April 2@11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Come and learn our most popular ceilidh dances here in Scotland. Learn a few steps and movements and in no time you'll be birling round the floor with your friends. Prepare to have a great laugh, some exercise and learn at the same time. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes.   Powered by Eventbrite

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£8.00

Songs and Dances from North to South Italy – Adriano & Caterina Sangineto

April 2@11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Italy has different musical traditions: we can find several types of songs with different dialects and different ways to dance. From gloomy lullabies to the energetic songs of South Italy, Adriano and Caterina will tell stories and legends. Moreover they will show the differences between the steps of a typical dance in the North Italy, such as the Mazurka/Walzer, and the Tarantella/Tammurriata, from the South. All are be invited to join in the singing and dancing.   Powered by Eventbrite

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£8.00

Dephasage: Phasing – François Pernel

April 2@11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Phasing is “The relationship between the timing of two events.” In this workshop, small, phased phrases will create beautiful music. Bring your harp and be part of a glorious meditative cathedral of sound.  

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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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£5.00 - £11.00

Cheryl Ann Fulton / The Winner of the 2016 Young Composer Award

April 2@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

California Celtic Contemporary compositions for Celtic lever harp by composers from California.  Cheryl Ann Fulton along with soprano Susan Rode Morris and students Jennifer Hurley and Catherine Stiles will bring music from the American West to Scotland with compositions inspired by nature, the Arizona desert, the Alaskan wilderness, and the Sierra Nevada mountains as well as by myths and fantasies like The Lord of the Rings. The program will include pieces by Diana Stork, Shira Kammen and from Cheryl’s album…

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£7.00 - £14.50

Corrina Hewat Quartet / Màiri Chaimbeul & Jenna Moynihan

April 2@7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Corrina Hewat Quartet This new grouping came together originally for Penfest 2016 and consists of four eclectic musicians: Corrina Hewat brought up in the Highlands on voice and harps, Kate Young from Borthwick on voice and fiddle, the Young Trad Musician finalist Heather Downie from Dunblane on harps and voice and Signy Jakobsdottir from Iceland originally, with roots in Gamelan, African and Indian drumming, on a delectable array of percussion and voice. The focus in tonight’s show will be Corrina’s…

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