Could you be a harp teacher?
Could you facilitate your local harp group?
Could you share your knowledge, experience and enjoyment in playing? 
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then come along to this FREE course hosted by the Transpennine, Northumbrian and Dumfries & Galloway Branches of The Clarsach Society.

In this course Charlotte Petersen will share her experience of teaching students of all ages and abilities, individually and in groups. She will share ideas on aspects of teaching and discuss how to use your individual knowledge  and ability to help keen students in your area get started on playing our wonderful instrument.

Supported by the National Office of The Clarsach Society, this event is free and open to members of the Society only. It aims to expand on a similar course held at EIHF14 and so it will be of interest to anyone who attended this course as well as novice teachers and/or group leaders.

Where: The Lounge, Belah Community Centre, Briar Bank, St. Ann’s Hill, Carlisle, CA3 9SR

Belah Community Centre is located in North Carlisle; 10 minutes by car, or 20 minutes by bus from the city centre, see map. The Centre also benefits from having a large secure car park with easy access for the disabled.

When:  Saturday, 24 October

10:30am:  Welcome / Tea and Coffee / Time to Tune!
11:15am:  Course (Part 1)
1:00pm:    Lunch Break (centre staff will advise of local cafes/delis in the area, or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch)
2:00pm:    Course (Part 2)
3:30pm:    Short Break / Tea and Coffee
3:45pm:    Course (Part 3)
5:00pm:    Finish

How to book: Although the course is free to attend, advance booking is required. To book please email Eleanor Marshall at officeassistant@clarsachsociety.co.uk stating:

  1. Your name
  2. The branch of which you are a member
  3. Your mobile number (this will only be used in the event that we need to contact you at short notice in advance of the course)

Alternatively, you can call Eleanor on 0131 554 0212 or post your booking request to:

Eleanor Marshall
The Clarsach Society
Studio G43, Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street
Edinburgh, EH6 8RG.

Alicia Chapple

A Success Story! Report from Alicia Chapple, Argyll Branch.

I am a member and secretary of the Argyll Branch and have been playing the harp for about 6 years. My career background is in music and education with piano tutoring in addition. So, it was a great opportunity when Isobel Mieras asked me if I would like to attend the Dare to be a Teacher course. As a small branch, we had been looking at ways to ensure our new beginners were given extra help at workshops and the course gave me the confidence to do just that.When the new Appin Feis started up, my name was put forward for tutoring and I now regularly run full classes for 20 plus adults and children. In addition, I tutor adults from our branch on an individual and group basis. There has also been considerable interest from local schools and I am planning some taster sessions in the region shortly.

I would thoroughly recommend the Dare to be a Teacher course. It is an informative but informal course which provides helpful advice and support, setting you well on your way to take on the challenges of clarsach teaching!

Alicia Chapple, Argyll Branch