START HARP Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who should participate in START HARP?

A: The classes are open to complete novice / beginner harpists. Simplification and extension options will be provided so everyone can participate and progress appropriately within their comfort zone. Level 1 is designed for complete beginners, level 2 for those with some basic technique and skills and level 3 for beginners who have really taken to the instrument, learnt the foundations and flow and want to push themselves further!

To help you work out which level you should start on fill out this quiz >>HERE<< or contact Shelley Fairplay direct by email on

Q: What are the benefits of learning online?

A: You will have the opportunity to work at your own pace, replay any learning materials over and over until you understand the lesson and fit your learning and practice sessions in around your daily life at a time that suits you.

Q: Will you need your own harp and equipment?

A: You will need to have access to a harp, a computer with internet access and, for homework submission, a way of making videos (e.g. by using your phone, internal computer camera, other filming devices).

Q: What will be provided?

A: All course materials will be provided online, you will be able to download and print course handouts to keep and you will have access to the online classroom for a minimum of 12 months after the course opens.

Q: Who is Harpist Shelley Fairplay?

Shelley Fairplay is a performer and teacher with over 15 years experience teaching harp, harp ensembles and workshops for all ages.  She’s also the founder of ‘Harpist for a Day’, a program that gives non-harpists the opportunity to go from first note to concert performer in a single day. Her successful concert series ‘The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy’ was premiered in the UK in 2014, and her CD of the same name was released in 2015. Her 2016 concert series ‘HarpOSphere,’ like all her concerts, featured her own original works along with her arrangements of popular, classic and traditional tunes.  She has performed throughout the UK, and appeared in Europe and the U.S. as a soloist and alongside internationally renowned harpists including electric jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant. Her Dynamic Harps Ensemble, features both an adult and children’s group, filled with harpists who enjoy learning and performing music from films, pop, shows, classical, Jazz and celtic genres. Shelley Fairplay has University and music college qualifications (Degree and Masters in music), teaching diploma from ABRSM and she is a fully qualified school classroom teacher with over 5 years of class and workshop teaching experience.

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