Harp Lessons

The Westchester Harp Ensemble program is not currently active

As an educator and music clinician, I have been teaching harp for 35 years. Personalized private lessons are offered on the study of the classic pedal and lever harp. Students of all ages and levels and are welcome. Students are encouraged to join the Westchester Harp Ensemble founded and directed by Lois Colin. The purpose of the harp ensemble is to offer students the opportunity to perform in public with the emphasis on ensemble playing. The ensemble performs at several yearly performances including programs of holiday and Celtic music. The Harp Ensemble has performed at children’s hospitals, senior residences and the Eastchester, Irvington and Larchmont Libraries. My approach, style of teaching and teaching philosophy are influenced by world renowned harpist and harp teacher Lucile Lawrence with whom I began the study of the harp at age 8, and my father, Charles Colin, trumpet teacher, music publisher, educator. I use several Carlos Salzedo, Lucile Lawrence books including “The Harpist’s Daily Dozen”, “Conditioning Exercises”, and “The Method For The Harp” which I have found to be helpful in teaching technique and for the development of a good sound quality. I incorporate the elements of their technique combining my classical background and performance in contemporary music. My teaching has evolved through the study and performance of Jazz, Pop and Celtic music.

I also use Colin Harp Music books which include, “Simple Gifts For Harp”, “Monica’s Wedding ” A Treasure Of Celtic Wedding Music by Lois Colin, “Have a Harp” 12 Folk Songs from the British Isles, “The Session Collection” 15 Irish Folk Songs, and “Ancient Carols for Harp, Holiday Magic”. All Colin Harp Music books are available through www.colinharpmusic.com