Lessons are available in Elizabeths home in Tucson or in the students home (travel fees may apply depending on location). Students must provide their own music stand, bench (if needed), and notebook. Periodic music purchases will be required as well. Teacher may set up occasional recitals or concert opportunities, which will be optional. All students are highly encouraged (but not required) to serve their community in some way by volunteering to play in nursing homes, churches, or other community events. The teacher will help facilitate this if needed.
Individual lesson length and duration depends on the students age, ability level, and preferences. Elizabeth recommends young children start with a 30 minute lesson ($30) once a week, while older students and adults may benefit from a 60 minute lesson ($50) weekly or bi-weekly. Elizabeth is committed to teaching music the student enjoys in order to keep interest, and she has a wide variety of fun types of music with special effects. Be inspired! Set up lessons today!
Group lessons can help both your budget and the students' motivation. Groups can range from 2 to 5 students. This is a great option for family members. Rates are variable depending on the group. Students can greatly benefit from watching and listening to each other's mistakes and successes. They can also get experience playing duets and ensembles. Contact Elizabeth for more information.
How often do students get to see a live harp, let alone play a real orchestral harp? For only $50 you can have a one-hour demo in your classroom. Elizabeth will give some basic information about the harp, play a few short pieces to demonstrate different styles played on the harp, and then give every child in the class a chance to play it themselves. For $60, she will bring both her orchestral (pedal) harp and Celtic (lever) lap harp.
If you would like harp lessons but do not live close enough to have regular lessons with Elizabeth, you may have lessons over live video chat through Skype (a free downloadable video chat program). When possible, it is highly recommended that you take at least one lesson in person to gets hands-on feedback and make sure your hand positions are correct. Contact Elizabeth for individual pricing and policies for Skype lessons.
If you or your child are just starting to learn the harp and want to try it out before investing in your own, you may rent a small harp from Elizabeth. Subject to availability. Must be actively taking lessons to rent. Security deposit and signed contract required. Harps are insured, but renter is responsible to pay deductible fees for any damage incurred during rent (broken strings are not considered damage unless they were mistreated). Elizabeth will purchase and replace any broken strings from normal wear. Elizabeth is always happy to help you research, try out, and purchase your own harp that will fit your style and budget.
-All lessons must be paid for at the beginning of each month unless other arrangements have been made. Elizabeth accepts cash, checks, and electronic payments. Credit card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee. No refunds or make-ups for lessons cancelled less than 48 hours in advance. See Rates and FAQ's
-Elizabeth accepts students ages 4-100. For very young students, the parent/guardian is required to attend all lessons.
-Musical background (knowing another instrument or how to read music) is always helpful, but never required.
-Students with disabilities always welcome. Elizabeth is certified in teaching students with special needs and comfortable and knowledgeable in making accommodations. Contact Elizabeth for more details.