I have been teaching music to people of all ages and skill levels since 1989. I have been playing the Celtic harp since 1993, and teaching harp to people in the Peterborough area since 1996. I have also organized numerous harp circles and Medieval & Renaissance music workshops. I am currently the artistic director of Hurly Burly, a medieval ensemble and choir, and play regularly with the Stringwood Trio and several local Celtic & Folk groups. (See Special Occasions for more information on group performances, and A Bit of History for more background info).
I teach a practical technique that draws on aspects of both pedal and folk harp techniques. My main focus is on getting around on the harp in the most efficient way possible, without compromising the health of your body (avoiding injury is a prime concern for harp players), and keeping in mind that everyone's hands are built differently. I also teach arranging for the Celtic (Lever/Folk) harp, and can help people develop their sight-reading, theory, play-by-ear and improvisational skills.
I also hold harp circles here in Peterborough 2-3 times per year. (A harp circle is a gathering of harpists, usually of diverse age and skill levels. It is not restricted to a specific style of harp or harp-playing, unless there is a workshop involved, in which case it may focus more on one type of music). If you wish to be informed of upcoming harp circles and other harp-related activities, let me know and I can put you on our e-mail list. You can also check out the Celtic Harp Page Events Section, the HarPO (OntarioHarps) Facebook page, and the Harp Blog, all of which are updated regularly.
For general information on playing the harp and where to find a harp, please feel free to browse the Celtic Harp Page FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).