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Harping On(line)



At the end of our first week of online harp lessons, how did we do? All in all, very well.

Last week I sent a message to my harp students offering to continue our harp lessons on Skype. I then waited with baited breath to see what their response would be. They rose to the challenge with determination –even students in their 70s who would be the first to admit to not being tech savvy and would not have previously dreamed of using Skype, managed to install it, set themselves up and have their lesson. I was proud of them all.

Whilst its not ideal, its certainly better than nothing – teachers can retain their income and students can continue to progress and build on all their previous hard work. Its also something "normal” we can do together in these unprecedented times.

I expect many harp teachers will have done the same this week and moved lessons online. But if you are struggling, I hope this post will help to guide you towards starting to teach online. We’ll also look at expanding from one to one lessons and explore other ways that professional harpists can continue to earn an income and do what we love!

Teaching from Home

Skype https://www.skype.com/en/and Zoom https://zoom.us/ have emerged as the main platforms for communicating online with video calls. There are others to explore too. Skype is probably the simplest one to use for one to one teaching. You only need the free version for video calls and the no frills approach means that you can concentrate on the lesson rather than worrying about the technology.

Zoom also offers one to one video conferencing. Its slightly more complicated to use, but because it includes webinar facilities, it means that you can teach more than one student at a time. But one of the advantages of using a platform like Zoom is that you don’t have to stick to just your current students. Why not expand even further and offer a masterclass? It could be on your speciality – phrasing in the later works of Grandjany, anyone? Equally, you could offer a class for people who used to play, then gave up and who now want to brush up on their skills again. People are far more likely to dip their toe into an anonymous Zoom class than approach a real teacher for one to one lessons. You could end up with a whole new audience. What’s your niche?

Harpist Anne Crosby Gaudet has very helpfully put together a nice, watchable video on how to get started teaching with Zoom: https://youtu.be/vH0GwfVFJlc

If you want to get even more into it, the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark explains how to set up Zoom for the best audio for online teaching: https://youtu.be/50NoWIiYECA

There are also dedicated websites that handle the business side of teaching and provide the technology through their website. You just need to get yourself listed as a teacher. Here is an example: https://musictutors.co.uk/online-music-lessons

Creating your own Course

If you have time on your hands, you might like to create a course that people can sign up to and take in their own time.

Here, you might like to think of the type of course you could offer, the people you want to reach and your own following. If you want to offer a course that would have a wide appeal and you don’t have a huge following, then one of the big online course providers such as Udemy https://www.udemy.com/ would be a good choice as people searching for what you teach will find you. If, however, you want to create something more specialised, that people may not think of searching for -and you have a large enough social media following or mailing list to let enough people know about the course - you may find the commission rates are preferable on smaller platforms. These are springing up all the time, probably as I write, so have a google for what may suit you.

Performing from Home

Musicians are proving to be an innovative bunch and many are already offering online performances on platforms such as Zoom, Instagram live, Facebook live and Youtube live streaming. If you want people to purchase virtual tickets to these events, you can set up online events on ticketing platforms such as Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/ and then provide people with access codes. Alternatively, you can request virtual tips through donation platforms such as Paypal https://www.paypal.com/uk/home by providing your Paypal associated email.

Other Ideas

See the first sentence of the previous paragraph! I’m sure you’ll have ideas that I haven’t even considered. You could sell downloads of recordings on platforms such as Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/artists (yes,you can also sell real CDs, but let’s be kind to the postmen and women and save them from unnecessary trips to people’s front doors). If you’re like me and have always wanted to score some arrangements but never had the time, well, you now probably have time. You can sell downloadable sheet music on your own website. How about offering video greetings cards that people can order to be sent via email to their choice of recipient? An interesting platform is Patreon where people can choose to subscribe at various tiers to receive something from you. The whole idea is to offer something small – many people will just be happy to support you – increasing in price and value. Remember to offer something special for super fans. But, at the same time, be safe (offering to play in their frontroom may not be such a good idea) and only offer something you can definitely provide. Here’s an example of what one New Zealand musician is offering: https://www.patreon.com/robthorne

I hope this has triggered some ideas for you. Feel free to improve on them and go and do it better! We are in challenging times for everyone, but thanks to the internet, we can still engage in the best of all possible worlds, something that is win-win, both for harpists and for students, fans and lovers of music. Good luck.

Paula Tait

Created On  21 Mar 2020 16:40 in Harp News  -  Permalink
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New ABRSM Harp Syllabus



Changes are coming to the ABRSM Harp Syllabus.

The board will be publishing two separate syllabuses for Pedal Harp and Non-pedal Harp based on the previous single Harp syllabus. A small number of pieces will be replaced but the majority will stay the same, as will all other requirements – scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

The Harp syllabus from 2019 (Pedal and Non-Pedal) comes into effect on 1st January 2019. Candidates who've been preparing any of the small number of replaced pieces can play them in exams worldwide until 31 December 2019.

https://us.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/information-and-regulations/syllabus-updates#harp







Created On  21 Sep 2018 10:57 in Harp News  -  Permalink
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Instrument Insurance Discounts with Newmoon Insurance



Newmoon Instrument Insurance have provided our customers with new special discount codes. These codes are unique to Clive Morley Harps and can be used to insure harps or harp equipment purchased from us. Just quote the code when you contact them for the following benefits:

For instruments that cost under £1500, you can claim one month's free cover with the code CMH1M3
For instruments that cost over £1500, you can claim an ongoing yearly discount with the code CMH12411



Newmoon Insurance Services Ltd

85 High Street

Tunbridge Wells

Kent

TN1 1XP

01892 506884

0845 072 8540








Created On  2 Aug 2017 11:20 in Harp News  -  Permalink
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Restrictions on Bubinga Wood



UPDATE: 19/5/17 There still appears to be a lot of confusion and unanswered questions about the import of rosewood (including bubinga). For an insight about the situation from the UK Music Industries Association point of view see:

http://www.mia.org.uk/2017/05/rosewood-ivory-nickel-update/

Due to new CITES (
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) regulations which came into effect on January 2nd 2017 there are certain restrictions on the importation and exportation of rosewood instruments. This includes bubinga wood, which is an option for Dusty Strings' FH 34 and FH 36 harps.

Dusty Strings are working with the responsible agencies in order to obtain the relevant permits they would require to export Bubinga harps, but this could take a few months.

If you have any queries about the availability of bubinga harps, please contact us directly on 01367 860493.









Created On  15 Mar 2017 11:20 in Harp News  -  Permalink
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Nansi Richards Yr Ysgoloriaeth / Scholarship


The Scholarship is open to any harpist under the age of 25 years, who are either born in Wales or live in Wales.

The value of the Scholarship at the moment is £1,500 which must be used for further training on the harp.


Visit www.ysgoloriaethnansirichards.com for more information.



Created On  21 Jan 2017 11:20 in Harp News  -  Permalink
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Servicing Dates 2017


Does your harp need some tlc?


Book it in for a service, repair or restoration with one of our fully qualified harp technicians.

Servicing dates in 2017:

24th January
21st February
21st March
25th April
23rd May
20th June

All servicing takes place at Clive Morley Harps, Goodfellows, Filkins, Glos GL7 3JG. Contact us to book.





Created On  5 Jan 2017 10:34 in Harp News  -  Permalink
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