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Learning the harp

Growing up in Vancouver, one thing I was very impressed is that everyone you talked to knows how to play at least one instrument. The most popular choices are violin, piano, flute, and maybe clarinet.

But why not pick something different?

The harp is one of the most beautiful and elegant instruments. 

It not only looks amazing, but is one of the instruments that sounds good even if you are a beginner!

Every time I go performing with my harp, people always show great interest towards the harp.

Here are some of the questions frequently asked:

Q: I would love to learn the harp, am I too late to start?

A: Of course not! Harp is just like every other instrument, and it is never too late to start. In my recent summers, I always go back to visit my grandmother in Taipei with my harp and shares music with her. She is already in her 70s, and really enjoys it.

I also believe that creating a bond with music is an amazing experience that transforms you no matter where you are in your life.

Q: My daughter wants to learn the harp, can she start now?

A: Usually the earliest age of starting harp is around 4 to 5 years old. However, each child is different and it really depends on his or her ability to concentrate, follow directions, and most importantly interest towards the harp.

Q: I don't have a harp...Where do I get one? Is it expensive?

A: Yes a harp is expensive, but DON'T WORRY, you do not have to buy one right away! You can always start with renting a harp, and then decide if you want to continue or not afterwards. There are local shops and harpists that provides rental harps, and I will be happy to help you or your child find the right partner.

Q: Where do you teach?

A: At my house in Vancouver, please feel free to contact me for further information.

My teaching belief

One thing I really believed in is understanding and encouragement over stern and unconditional repetitions.

Anyone who learned any classical instrument must have been through one teacher who does not smile, and keeps telling you to play that one passage again and again without telling you why.

Although repetition is the key of learning music, I believe helping your student to "know the reason why" is also part of a teacher's role. Explaining things with different word choice is also extremely important. I am personally a really sensitive pupil, so I do understand how each word the teacher says can make a huge impact on the student.

I am a new teacher who is really patient, encouraging, and responsible.

So there is no pressure taking lesson with me :-)

For each student, I will ask during the first lesson on what you want to achieve with harp, for example: if you just want to learn for fun, or to get into UBC. Depending on your goal, we will be playing different repertoire and have different requirement on practicing.

If you are interested, please contact Vivian for more information at:

Lever & Pedal, all ages & skill levels welcome

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