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with Dr Janet Harbison

These workshop titles can be run in a 1-hour / 2 hour, morning / afternoon / all day session.

Janet Harbision is available to hold workshops and masterclasses,
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Phone UK: +44 (0) 7495 644355 Phone IRE: +353 (0) 86 385161
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From Bones and Drones to Big and Beautiful

For all standards or a more focused workshop each for novices, for intermediates and for advanced.
This workshop explores the process of ‘building the music’ from the basic melody and applies it to a range of examples.

What you achieve in this workshop:


The Ultimate Titanic Céilí

For all standards Irish dance music is totally accessible for all harp standards – truly! It’s all to do with the number of notes you play! Beginners start from the ‘big notes’ and the more expert fill the gaps with littler notes and ornamentation. Like language, our learning method is ‘organic’ – the music ‘grows’ with you – and Janet is the queen of teaching mixed ability groups so everybody participates and contributes to the fun and excitement of playing some familiar polkas and slides….

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Ornamentation and Variation, Marmalade and Jam!

For all standards or a more focused workshop each for novices, for intermediates and for advanced.
Ornamentation and Variation has often held aloft as the be-all and end-all of difficult stuff for harp players. This workshop promises to de-mystify all to do with the subject by showing you the how, what and where to do it, from the easiest to the most impressive and creative!
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Carolan, the Creative!

For intermediate to advanced
Ireland’s most creative historic harper is often referred to as our ‘National Composer’ and certainly his repertoire of work is extensive. This workshop introduces some known and lesser known but nevertheless wonderful Carolan tunes for harpers of intermediate to advanced levels.

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6 Steps to Dressing a Tune – the Art of Arrangement

For Novice to Intermediate or a more focused workshop each for novices, for intermediates and for advanced
Arrangement is neither anarchy (where anything goes) nor the 3 chord trick (the harmony limit). There are logical steps to take in ‘dressing’ a tune and this workshop invites you to an Irish ‘dress-up’ party….


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‘Chordscapes’ – The Accompaniment Training

For all standards or a more focused workshop each for novices, for intermediates and for advanced
Janet has taken the 3 chord trick to the cleaners! Using a system of ‘close-position chording’, she has brought the Art of Accompaniment to a most accessible place where the skills she teaches will allow you to accompany any kind of music (except perhaps opera, avant-garde; oh, and heavy metal).


What you achieve in this workshop:

 

Tradition and Innovation

For all standards
Taking a standard tune – O’Keefe’s Slide – and ‘getting funky’ with it…. This workshop is not for the feeble or conservative.

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Sally Gardens meets Pachelbel

For all standards
This workshop takes a piece from the Irish Harp Orchestra’s repertoire and invites all to participate in a beautiful arrangement….

What you achieve in this workshop:


Improvisation made Immediate

For all standards
Even those who think themselves to be totally uncreative will loosen up here. Music is a language, and our decisions about the words we use to communicate are spontaneous – exactly as the decisions we make about what notes to play next in the improv. Janet leads an exercise that is in itself a relaxation and creativity therapy for the audience as well as the players that could last 15-20 minutes at a time. So relax, enjoy and improvise with ease and fluency.


What you achieve in this workshop:

 

Learning by Ear – the most natural way

So many musicians who have learned by eye don’t think that they could ever learn ‘by ear’ – but the fact is that it is a far more natural way of learning. This workshop connects you with your most powerful sensual resource, your hearing. This is the first of your senses to come alive in the womb, and the last to die – and by opening the world of being able to voice what you hear on your instrument, another world of music possibilities opens up ….


What you achieve in this workshop:

 

Holistic Harping

This workshop explores how the total experience of music-making impacts on the player, their purpose, health and joy.

What you achieve in this workshop:


Healthy Harping

This workshop is a technique clinic and can be run either as a general ‘solving of common issues’ or a masterclass where harpers may present themselves and can seek assistance with finding solutions for challenges - with their technique / stance / body use / stage performance / mental discipline / learning challenges / ear training / stumbling blocks / performing nerves - The Doctor is In!


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Brian Boru, Lion of Ireland

Celebrating the millennium of his death, this is the title of a one-hour concert presentation for harps (in 4 parts), bagpipes (a solo and full band with drum corps), and voices (adult (SATB) and children’s (2 part) choirs.

This workshop will prepare

Potentially for concert performance