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Anne Sullivan taught music theory and ear training at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982–2002. She teaches harp at the University of Delaware and helps harpists find harp happiness at

How to help your high school students select a college harp program

Student scenario #1: I have a very talented student who wants to play the harp in college. He’s not sure where he wants to go, or if he wants to major in harp or minor in harp or just take lessons. It’s been a long time since I had to do this for myself, and I’m sure everything has changed. What are the steps I need to walk him through?

Student scenario #2: My student is about to make a terrible decision! Her parents want her to go to a specific college, but from a harp perspective, it’s not a good choice. I don’t want to see her throw all our hard work away, but her parents won’t listen to my advice. How can I make them understand?

Choosing a college is a daunting task. As a harp teacher, I believe that I serve my students best by giving them a framework that allows them to evaluate their options in terms of environment, cost, and outcome.

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