Keeping Harp Students Engaged and Progressing Online

START HARP flyer showing Shelley Fairplay with her harpI created the online START HARP course to give more people the opportunity to learn to play the harp in an affordable and flexible way, no matter where they live. (Find out more about Start Harp.)

But there is a potential for students to feel disengaged and for their progression to grind to a halt if they”re not in a classroom sat next to their tutor.

How do I manage this potential problem?

1. Spotting students who need extra support

The teaching platform Ruzuku, which I use to deliver START HARP, gives students the option of checking off each lesson as they complete it. So, if anyone is getting really behind I can get in touch and check everything is ok.

2. Building a community

Many of the pages have a discussion section so students can instantly share their thoughts with each other. This really helps students to get to know and learn from each other.

3. Homework

I”ve talked about how I keep students engaged but I still need to know how they are progressing as a harpist! So, every two weeks during the course I ask students to submit a video lesson and I provide individual feedback on each video.


4. Last but not least.

Communication. It”s essential. I run live Q&A sessions where students can ask a question on the day or submit a query in advance. The “Ask a question” page, Facebook page and email contact are additional communication channels where I can check in with students, they can ask me questions or tell me about any problems they”re having.

Interested in taking the leap and learning online?



START HARP is an easy to follow, flexible and affordable online course that will take you on a musical journey from the comfort of your own home!

‘The fact that the course covers learning by ear and improvisation as well as reading music from the page means that you can start to play recognisable tunes from the beginning. I’ve loved every minute of the course – even the homework!’ Kate Adams, START HARP Student

Interested? Click on the course titles below and you”ll be taken to further information about START HARP and details of how to register:

Not sure which level to take? Spend a few minutes taking the Harp quiz to help you find out!

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