Journey Into Jazz

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Finding your path in music can take time, but it’s worth the wait

—by Rebecca Harrisson

Editor’s Note—This article kicks off our new series, Practice Makes Harpist. Over the next several years, we’ll follow nine harpists pursuing different paths with the harp to see how their practice evolves and shapes their musical experience. 

In 2016, Stephanie Halsey played her final recital at the Royal Northern College of Music for her degree in classical harp performance. Soon after, she found herself questioning all she had worked for. Halsey says, “When I graduated I realized, ‘I have no idea who I am and what I want to do. I thought I wanted this, but now it doesn’t feel right for me—it’s a dress that doesn’t fit. I need to go in a different direction.’” 

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Stephanie Halsey is one of the nine harpists we are following during our long-term Practice Makes Harpist series. Listen and watch Halsey practice jazz rhythms and improvisation by following @HarpColumn and the hashtag #PracticeMakesHarpist on Instagram and Facebook. You can follow Stephanie Halsey @steph_halsey on Instagram and Tiktok.

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