4 Weeks of Harp Player and Teacher Training Weeks
in February and July 2019

Boghill Centre, County Clare,  Burren Stone Tomb
near Shannon, South West Ireland


February 9 - 16 - Week 1 - Arrive Saturday depart Saturday
February 16 - 22 - Week 2 - Arrive Saturday depart Friday

Residential 6 day course (7 nights accommodation)

Harps available.

Private tuition available from Friday 8th; and through Friday 14th and Saturday 15th


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Download February Booking Form


JULY 2019 

June 30 - July 7 - Week 1 - Arrive Sunday depart Sunday
July 7 - July14 - Week 2 - Arrive Sunday depart Sunday

(Arrive Sunday, depart Sunday. Residential 6 day course (7 nights accommodation)

Harps available.

Limited extra private tuition available 


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Download July Booking Form


Are you a learning harp player?

Would you like to VOLUNTEER yourself as a student on a Teacher Training Course? All standards, ages and abilities (including absolute beginners) to participate. You would receive exceptionally reasonably priced teaching, and enjoy a vibrant and positive learning environment at what might be a dull time of year – with harps provided!

Are you an Irish harp teacher?

Are you seeking to explore Oral Music Teaching? Do you need to perfect your leadership skills and build your confidence with group training, session and ensemble training and performance skills? Are you considering to teach Irish harp?

If ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, this course is for you!


Harp Player and Teacher Training with Janet Harbison

One of Ireland’s most experienced and successful teachers in producing the leading harp players of today – not only as concert and competition performers, but also as corporate musicians, wedding and ceremonial professionals, harp therapists, teachers and ensemble directors.


Teaching skills from beginner to advanced levels – starting in 3 streams: Toddlers (age 7-11); Teens (age 12 – 18) and Adults (age 19-90) – all leading to the ‘Arts of Harping’ that embraces all the styles and variety in Irish harping today – including ‘traditional dance and session playing’, song and harp, improvisation for recitation (story music), sacred and ceremonial (spiritual and religious), therapeutic (community, health and well-being), romantic Ireland (background music), the historic, Carolan and planxty tradition. Catering for all these aspects in a comprehensive oral/aural approach, Janet prepares teachers for an all-embracing and rewarding experience… There is pre-course reading and materials on application.


If you have a harp, bring it and if you don’t, we’ll provide one for you - so you will enjoy a week of enrichment and musical immersion in a social, fun, friendly and productive atmosphere. No preparation needed!

Bring your partners / friends / spouses for a great experience. They will join all trips out and afternoon activities.


Here’s how a typical day goes:

From 8am         Breakfast

9.30am             Warm-up hour for everyone

10.30am           Coffee

11 - 12pm         Classes (in small groups with time to practise and consolidate)

12-1pm            Workshop (on a subject relevant to the group) 

1pm                  Lunch

2 – 3pm           Classes

3 - 5pm            Individual half hour lessons if you wish them in addition to your classes. These are charged at a half hourly rate and, as we expect you may not need them,
                         they can be booked during the week. Each half hour lesson is charged at €35. When you are not in lessons: you may practise, explore, have a cuppa, socialise and relax
                         – or take a trip out. Each day, you will have options…. 

7pm                 Dinner 

8.30 - 9.30pm  On 3 nights: Concerts / lectures / quiz night / sessions in-house and on the others: 
                        Sessions out in local pubs in the villages of Kilfenora, Doolin or Lisdoonvarna 
                        On the 3rd or 4th afternoon, there is a break for a bigger trip out to a local place of interest. 


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The Burren (at the Boghill Centre), County Clare

Accommodation is in Private and Semi-private single and twin rooms (with single rooms sharing a bathroom with one other room (ladies with ladies, mem with men only)). Very reasonably priced multy-bedded rooms also available.

Based in the Boghill Centre in the heart of the Burren this is ‘a place apart’. 

Equidistant between the villages of Ballyvaughan, Kilfenora and Doolin, the Boghill is a renowned eco-centre – the food is vegetarian and organic (mostly from their own market garden) – and nature and wilderness are on your doorstep.    

Fly to Dublin and bus directly to Galway where we will arrange to pick you up!  Harps provided.


Download full details of course

Download February Booking Form

Download July Booking Form


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