Why I decided to make beginner classes ‘START HARP’ digital.
Three years ago I finished writing my beginner harp tutor book, START HARP, I was so delighted to have finished this project that was so long in the making! I had wonderful graphic designers work on pictures to go in the book and it really seemed like everything I had ever imagined.
However, when I looked at it in the light of day, it seemed so flat, so 2D, so NOT me! All the things that I valued most about teaching and delivering lessons to students had been robbed, here was a very clinical “How to get from A-B book” type of book. There was no way I was going to publish it.
A few years later I began to get into online learning myself, such as some courses with the Open University, Berkley College and Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant. I found that learning online was perfect for me, I could work at my own pace, anytime of the day or night and there was not even any traveling involved. Teaching videos with a tutor felt surprisingly personal and the level of teaching was brilliant. I also enjoyed the fact that video lessons allow you to keep repeating the same information over and over as many times as you need (without the tutor even knowing you hadn”t grasped it first time!). Brilliant!
And so the penny finally dropped I could create START HARP as on online course, all the painstakingly planned lessons and artwork from the original book could be used, but in addition I could create play-a-long practice videos, improvisation tracks, tunes by ear and plenty of time focusing on techniques.
Of course the project has grown in work load due to this, but it has tuned into something better and more useful than my book could ever have been. Most importantly going digital has changed the whole thing back to what I believe is fundamental to true teaching, inspiration, communication, energy in delivery, clarity and diverse to appeal to all learning styles.
Do you know anyone who has always wanted to learn the harp?
If you have always wanted to play the harp, or you have made the first steps and would like to take your beginner journey further visit www.StartHarp.co.uk for details!
Following the successful launch and first class that started in January 2016, the next class for START HARP LEVEL 1 (BETA) starts on May 12th 2016. Registration is now open and you can sign up for LEVEL 1 by clicking >>HERE<<.
START HARP LEVEL 2 (BETA) is about to run for the very first time, also starting on the 12th of May.
Registration is now open and you can sign up for LEVEL 2 by clicking >>HERE<<.
Not sure which level to take? Take this quiz >>HERE<< to help you find out!