Harp Lessons

Private lessons

Ed offers private lessons to both adults and children wishing to learn the Celtic harp. No previous musical experience is necessary. Students come once a week for approximately an hour. Lessons are $40 and students pay for four at a time. For those without a harp, Don Peddle, a harp maker from Clarenville, makes a very nice 26-string student harp for approximately $600. This harp is more than sufficient for the first year or so of lessons. After that, students may wish to upgrade to a harp with more strings and sharping levers. Feel free to contact Don at randomsound@outlook.com for more information. It's also possible to rent a harp for approximately $50 a month. Contact Ed or Vicki Greenslade (see below) for more information. Anyone wishing to purchase their own harp should ensure that it has at least 26 strings (one octave below Middle C), and has either legs or a stand, enabling the player to sit at the harp in a regular chair. This will ensure that the harp is stable.

The Conception Bay South (CBS) Harp Circle
The CBS Harp Circle offers a one-meeting per week 10-week introduction to the Celtic harp. The basics of the instrument are presented so students can get to know it and then decide if they would like to carry on with private lessons. Information about prospective teachers will be provided. The cost is $300. A family discount is also available. Registration includes harp rental—yours for the duration to learn on and take home for practice. Circles usually begin in mid-September and mid-January. There are enough harps for about 13 people. Anyone interested in participating should contact the facilitator, Vicki Greenslade, at 834-2609 or vicki.greenslade@hotmail.com. For more information about the harp in Newfoundland and Labrador see Silvern Strings Newfoundland Harp Community on Facebook.

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Ed Kavanagh, 18 Parsons Avenue, Mount Pearl, NL, Canada A1N 1P6    Phone: 709-364-6386   email