I love to teach. I work with students of all ages and abilities. And I love the harp. My goal is to inspire you to become the best player that you can be. At Harps Etc., where I teach, we have ensembles, recitals, workshops, concerts and so much more. Anyone can play the harp! I have worked with students who have become professional players and with those who play for their own enjoyment. You will learn a healthy hand position, how to read music, how to practice for great results and be able to play all styles of music from Celtic, Bach to Bebop, World Sounds and healing harp music. I have harps for rent or purchase, the music, strings and accessories you need. With over 30 years of teaching and performance experience. I am well known in the harp community as a gifted leader, performer and music educator. I have served on the Board of Directors of the American Harp Society in numerous positions. Most recently, I have established the Diablo Valley Arts Academy to support musical learning through scholarships, education and performance opportunities. I am dedicated to your progress. You will be supported in a gentle style and motivated to play better each week through by your own progress. References are available upon request.
I enjoy seeing how students progress. It is important that the students learn how to practice correctly. When this happens, the student will definitely succeed. It's my job to teach this skill.
Jessica is a warm, supportive, encouraging teacher. She uses her excellent ear to give you refreshing, creative feedback that keeps learning engaging and helps you progress as a harpist. She is motivating and energizing, and she is a flexible, versatile educator. I'm so grateful to have spent ten years as her student!
I work individually with each student. I want to know what each student wants to accomplish, the types of music they like to play, if they want to consider being in competitions, etc. We start with that and lessons are planned accordingly.
I have Bachelor and Master Degree in Music Education as well as a Bachelor in Harp Performance. With over 20 years of teaching and performing, I bring a well balanced approach to the lessons.
I have a deep passion for teaching. I started in the public schools and realized that I prefer to work with individuals and small groups
I have had students of all ages, ability, from beginners through advanced players. I have started students as young as 4 and as old as 84.
I thoroughly enjoy or Annual Holiday Potluck when the students get to perform in a party setting. The Spring Recital is also a favorite. We get to see how the students have improved over the course of a year. This is a formal recital.
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My door is always open to questions. Please walk through it and speak up!