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‘Tap into your Intuitive’ with ‘Learning by Ear’

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Janet is now offering lessons via Skype to harp students across the world.

Each lesson will contain all you would like it to contain!  Here are some suggested areas you may wish to consider:

  • a review of your current harping with advice for short or long term progress goals…
  • to improve your technique, ear training, ornamentation, arrangement and accompaniment skills from where you are now…
  • to explore new areas of repertoire that you are interested in…
  • to learn some new tunes – or to arrange a special tune that you are keen to play at the skill level you are at now…
  • to offer a review on your examination or competition programme with advice for progress…
  • to just enjoy playing some tunes together with chat and general advice.

Read what Janet's pupils say below

 

Harp Lessons at Janet's Warwick Studio or Worldwide with Skype

Janet offers harp training in workshops or courses sporadically at many locations world-wide - when she is travelling your way! 

But, the year round, you may consider lessons at her Harp Studio in Warwick at the centre of England (close to Birmingham Airport).  Live lessons are always a first choice for the best of learning and if it's not convenient to come to Warwick, and you have a group of harping friends to share the expense, I am happy to come to you!

Skype lessons are a great second choice and can be organised for anywhere in the world - with your pc.  My fees are the same for Live lessons as for Skype...   

Contact Janet to arrange a Live or Skype lesson at Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Getting the best from your Skype lesson

What you need is:

  • Skype – download and get an account here
  • Your Harp
  • A Webcam
  • High speed broadband or high speed internet connection

Each lesson starts with 'warm-ups' which could be variations on the 'Chimes' and 'Chordscapes' exercises. This also gives us the opportunity to ensure that you have a clear Skype connection, a good playing position so you can see Janet and Janet can see you -  

Sit quite close to your computer and at an angle showing you from the waist up with your harp levers towards the camera.  You may find that using headphones helps with the clarity of the sound.

 

What people say...

Learning from Janet, each piece of music becomes so much more than a pattern of melody; each piece tells a story, evokes an ancestry of music as poetry. She teaches how to play with grace, with a sense of dignity, and most importantly with joy. I hear music from my daughter’s room at 7 in the morning, playing the strings with all her heart. Janet teaches impeccable technique, reading music, the most basic beginnings, without any sense of the highly accomplished feeling frustrated with the novice, she encourages with patience and warmth. Learning music from Janet is like smelling roses and having sweet homemade lemonade on a hot summer day, everything becomes more alive and meaningful in her presence and under her mentorship. Music, in our home, has become a joy. The greatest of gifts. 
Janet is an exceptional person, in every way, and we feel blessed to learn from her, and to be inspired by her.

Fiona and Thalia Rose

 

Hi Janet, something to make you feel 'its all worthwhile’.
I went to the local session today - haven't been for over a year and its just started again a few weeks ago after a  three months COVID break. 
One of the first tunes led was Kid on the Mountain and . . . . I played the whole thing up to speed! I don’t know how long I’ve been striving to play Irish tunes at pub session speed but there it was for a few minutes. 
Looking forward to heading back next week and maybe even leading a set of jigs or reels! Pat yourself on the back!

Deanna, Tasmania

 

I learned so much in today’s lesson, becoming aware of lots of things I hadn’t been conscious of (like elbow position and sliding the arm). My brain is definitely full, but it is good. I really enjoy learning from you, thanks so much.

Mia

 

I have found Skype lessons with Janet tremendously beneficial. She has enabled me to progress in my level of harp playing and assisted me over any obstacles along the way.  Each lesson brings a new aspect and challenge, with encouragement, affirmation and elements of fun, giving an overall enjoyable musical journey. Janet has a great wealth of knowledge and insight into Irish Traditional Music and I consider it a great blessing to invite her into my home via Skype. 

Mary Crossin, Donegal
(Training supported by Arts and Disability Connect, Arts Council Ireland)

 

I had been playing the harp for six years before I started with Janet and after one year with her my repertoire has tripled and I have developed skills I never thought I’d have. Learning through Skype caused there to be no interruption in lessons when quarantine started and has been really helpful as my parents don’t have to drive the harp long distances. My sister and I have found it much easier to learn new pieces for choir and other events thanks to Janet’s teaching technique.

Katie aged 16, Chloe aged 10, Carlow

 

 I have been getting Skype lessons from Janet for over a year now and have seen huge progress in my harping skills, especially in terms of accompaniment and speed and consistency of play - I have even started taking my harp to a local session! The classes are relaxed and Janet has an excellent ability to see where you are exactly as a player and moving you on from there. I would recommend Janet as a teacher to anyone who is looking to improve their harping.

Iona, Dublin

Both my daughters (ages 10 and 14) started weekly Skype lessons with Janet at the beginning of September.  One was already doing okay, but the other was very hard work to enthuse.  Janet is doing a brilliant job with them both and they are practising without persuasion now – seriously enjoying their lessons, and their beautiful harp!  But they’re needing a second harp now….. Santa will need some coercion.  

Anne, Kildare