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Harp Lessons

Harp lessons are offered to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students from ages 5 to adult.  For students ages five through seven, one year of piano study is a prerequisite to starting harp lessons.  For older children and adults, no previous musical training is necessary.

Lessons are held weekly in my home studio in Jacksonville, Illinois, or at The Music Factory in Springfield, Illinois. Group harp classes will be available beginning Summer 2017 at my Springfield location.

As a harp teacher, I structure lessons around the specific goals of each individual student. We will focus on technique and building a varied repertoire, and well as on music theory, music history, ear training, orchestral repertoire, and ensemble performance. 

Students will be able to participate in the twice-yearly studio recitals, with competitions and adjudications available for those who are interested.

All students must have a harp at home on which they can practice. Pedal and lever harps can be rented or purchased from locations in Chicago, Illinois, and Bloomington, Indiana. The purchase of exercise, repertoire, and theory books will be required. I stock all required materials, and you are able to purchase them in the studio.

To begin study, I require a free, no-obligation interview/audition.  This allows you to see if lessons in my studio will be a good fit for you and your goals.  You do not have to have anything prepared to perform for this brief interview. 

Acceptance into my studio is not based on talent, but on motivation, eagerness, openness to teacher's suggestions, musical potential, and attitude.  Please contact me to set up this initial meeting or ask any questions you may have.


Spring 2017 schedule:

January 9 - Deadline for pay-in-full semester discount
January 9 - First day of lessons for Spring Semester
January 13 - January monthly tuition payment due
February 1 - February monthly tuition payment due
March 1 - March monthly tuition payment due
March 27-31 - NO LESSONS (Jacksonville 117 Spring Break)
April 1 - April monthly tuition payment due
April 3 - Registration for Summer Semester begins
April 10-14 - NO LESSONS (Springfield 186 Spring Break)
May 1 - May monthly tuition payment due
May 26 - Last day of lessons for Spring Semester


Spring 2017 semester tuition fees:

45-minute private lessons: Monthly payments of $108, or pay $515 in advance
60-minute private lessons: Monthly payments of $144, or pay $695 in advance

Students beginning lessons mid-semester will pay pro-rated tuition based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester.

Testimonials for Devon Carpenter, harpist