California Institute of the Arts


Program includes: jazz, world music, improvisation, classical, contemporary, Baroque, chamber music, pedagogy, orchestra, solo, experimental.

Although no ‘harp minor’ is offered, students at CalArts receive an opportunity to take “minor” lessons outside of their major.  Minor lessons are 30 minutes weekly and offer a chance to either continue perfecting an instrument you already play or to explore trying a new instrument.

Type of School
Music and Arts Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Musical Arts
Harp instructors:
Alison Bjorkedal
Number of harp students enrolled in 2020-2021
Lessons available for non-majors?
Harp minor offered?
Number of school harps:
Space provided for personal harps?
This program is best suited for students who ________.
love exploring how harp can be successful in world music, song-writing, contemporary music,composing
What sets this program apart from others is ________.
our small, highly collaborative student body, with faculty mentors and 'build-your-own' programs
Students who graduate from this school go on to ________.
Create and innovate
The three words that best describe this school's environment are ________.
Collaborative, creative, non-traditional
More Information

Harp-centered majors include BFA and MFA in Harp Performance, and the unique to CalARTS majors such as Performer/Composer and MAP (Musical Arts/Experimental Pop) programs.

Also offered: Writing for Harp with co-teachers Anne LeBaron and Alison Bjorkedal.

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    CalArts features a room dedicated to multi-media installations called the “Wave Cave”. Pictured here is composer Pierre Mariaca’s 2019 project that featured a harp, looping pedals, fishing wire, and extended techniques. Visitors to the wave cave interacted with the harp, plus visual projections (not pictured).
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  • abjorkedal
    MFA alumna Leila Bishop (’19) performs at CalARTs “SoundStream”, at famous LA rock venue “The Troubadour”. Leila also produced the show.
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