*** Note: I've just moved to Cedar near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and am taking a short break from teaching these courses. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any enquiries for future courses.
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