Have you always wanted to play the harp?

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I have been teaching harp for 30 years and my students have ranged in age from 6-85. I enjoy working with beginners through advanced players in my private studio and at the Music Department of Santa Barbara City College. Whether you're learning just for your own enjoyment or are pursuing an advanced educational program, I can be of assistance to help you to the next level.

Emphasis is on establishing a healthy hand position and technique so you will be prepared to pursue any genre of music, be it traditional Celtic, classical or pop. Music theory is an integral part of studying harp and students are encouraged to learn to create their own arrangements. I have been trained in teaching the Suzuki Method through Book 2, which is a successful path for young children in establishing confidence in ear training and good technique. My ultimate goal is that you enjoy sharing your music in performance, either in a casual gathering of family and friends or in a more formal recital or concert setting.

Ensemble playing is encouraged and students are expected to prepare both solo and ensemble material for semi-annual recitals. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Certificate of Merit Program every year through Music Teacher's Association of California.

I have rental harps available for those who do not yet own an instrument.

If you're interested in purchasing a harp, you can visit my store, Harps by the Sea.

To learn more about harp lessons, please see my Frequently Asked Questions page.

Harp Ensembles

Online Learning

Even if you don't live in the Santa Barbara area you can still take lessons via FaceTime or Skype. If you are a beginner it will be best for you to see a local teacher in person but if you have some experience and would like some coaching from me, lessons via computer or iPad can be scheduled.

Rent a Harp

Beginners often choose to rent a harp for several months before deciding how seriously they wish to pursue their studies and what type of instrument to purchase. Please inquire about the availability of rental harps.

Comments from students:

"Dear Laurie, Thank you so much for being an outstanding harp teacher and human being. Being your student has always been a pleasure; I have learned so many skills and techniques over the past six years! I look up to you as a role model for life. I love your outgoing personality, adventurous lifestyle and passionate dedication to your art! Thank you for a fabulous six years of lessons, recitals and learning."
S. L., former student and UC Berkeley graduate

"Thanks for all your help in preparing for Certificate of Merit. It says much about your excellence as a teacher that all of your students were able to pass their exams!"
C.E., Adult Student

"Dear Laurie, We are so lucky to have you as our friend and teacher to our daughter. We appreciate that you are an excellent music educator, as well as a great role model. Thank you for making us laugh and feel special, we love you!"
B.L., parent of student

"Thanks for a brilliant lesson today, Laurie! I feel like I broke through a barrier… I'm still on a high and can hardly wait to sit down at my harp!!!"
M. R., Adult Student

© Laurie Rasmussen 2019