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the language of music

instructor: pam eldridge
level: All
harp required: optional

You have been using (practicing) words all your life and are fluent and comfortable speaking.  Words have rhythm, meaning, emotion and can paint visual pictures, all qualities we strive for in our harp playing, as well as being qualities that facilitate the "M" word (memory)! Come learn how to fine tune your inner musical voice to get a meaningful, harmonious conversation going. 

lever it up!

instructor: Robbin Gordon-cartier
level: All
harp required: optional

​The lever harp is a major league player in the harp world today.  Robbin will open your eyes and ear to the wide range of musical possibilities for this versatile and portable instrument.  You will learn not only how to play in various keys but also how to modulate and even get a bit jazzy with the lever slides!

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i hear a harp

instructor: vhc staff
level: All
harp required: No

Are you overwhelmed by the process of buying a new harp? Do you wonder about the differences between each make and model? In this class, which takes place in the exhibit hall, a professional harpist will play and describe different instruments so you can make a side-by-side comparison of each model's sound. Virginia Harp Center offers the largest selection of harps in the country, so take advantage of this opportunity to hear them all!

i got the music in me

instructor: ela Szmyt
level: all
harp required: no

You've got the notes, you've mastered the coordination- heck, you've even got it memorized but making the music come alive can be the biggest challenge.  Musicianship is a broad and sometimes illusive concept that covers a complex range of music abilities.  Ela will break down and guide your inner artist to create a masterpiece! 

hear it, like it, buy it

instructor: vhc staff
level: All
harp required: no

​This popular Beginning in the Middle class gives you a chance to hear harp music played by a professional harpist so that you can decide if you like it enough to buy it and add it to your repertoire.  We'll bring some of our favorites to share, but feel to bring pieces you'd like for us to test drive.

Harp on the wild side

instructor: martha gallagher
level: all
harp required: optional

It's time for you and that harp of yours to take a little walk on the wild side.  Join Martha and have a ball exploring techniques for playing blues on the harp. But baby, you've got to feel the music in your soul and exude a little attitude- oh yeah, we'll be movin' and a-groovin'!  Even if the Blues aren't your thing, it's a great way to get comfy with lever changes on the fly.

GLISS YOUR WAY TO BLISS

instructor: ANNE SULLIVAN
level: all
harp required: no

Glissandos can be fun and flashy.  But they can also express mood, evoke an atmosphere, lead the music forward or bring a piece to a graceful close.. Come join master "painter" Anne and broaden your musical palette with an array of glissando colors that will enhance your repertoire. 

celtic classics for the curious

instructor: kIM ROBERTSON
level: All
harp required: optional

​Have you always wanted to learn those beautiful melodies that Celtic players seem to pluck from the air?  If you are new to Celtic music or looking to learn the music often played in sessions, join Kim and learn some of the Celtic classics that have become standards in the traditional repertoire. Using lead sheets and simple left hand patterns, Kim will share these timeless tunes that she considers an essential part of the repertoire. 

These one hour general-session classes are offered throughout the afternoon and on Sunday. Some are offered only once, while others are offered twice over the weekend.


You do not need to register in advance to attend these classes.

Afternoon & sunday classes