Community and Groups
"Introduction to the Folk Harp" mini-courses
Alison teaches 4-week "harp-tasting" courses through Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay, Victoria. Cost is approx $80 for 4 sessions, with discount for Monterey members. Small harps are provided for in-class use and there is the option to rent a small harp from Alison for home practice. Maximum 9 students in group.
"Four hands-on sessions with very friendly little lap harps in a supportive, fun group of co-learners. These classes are for the very beginner and note-reading is not required. You will learn basic technique, tuning and some simple tunes.
Contact Oak Bay Recreation - Monterey Centre or Alison for more information.
"Learn a Tune" - Saturday am - once a month
These 1.5 hour sessions on Saturdays from 10 am - 11:30 am provide a follow-up for those who have completed the introductory course or already have some experience on the harp. You will learn a simple but enchanting melody on the harp with suggested accompaniment. Written music provided at end of session for follow-up practise at home. All levels of players welcome as participation can be very basic or more complex according to your level of experience.
Cost is $20 per session - register through Monterey Centre.
Next date: Saturday June 7th - 10 am - 11:30 am
Alison has presented workshops on the following topics:
Northern Lights Harp Festival - Ottawa 2013
Building Blocks of Music for the Folk Harpist
Play by Memory
Technique Review on the Lever Harp
Improving Skills for playing by memory & Ear
Building an Arrangement
Building Rhythm Exploring Rhythm I & II
Confidence & Independence
Jewish Music & Dance Moody Modes
Techniques for Improvisation What to Do with Waltzes?
Be a Balkan
Celtic with a Twist of Latin
Fun with Syncopation
Learning Music by Ear