Re: books for beginners

unknown-user on #88369

The philosophy behind “Classics at Your Fingertips” is non-elitist. It is my passion to take any
person with a desire to play the harp and help them find the path. The
pieces are also designed with financial limitations in mind. The first
book remains primarily in the key of C, since many begin
on a Harpsicle or similar instrument. How can we assist the following
hypothetical students in their desire to play the harp:

A 75 year old grandmother with arthritis whose lifelong dream was to
play the harp. Now her grandson has built her a lap harp with levers on
F, C, and B’s.

A seven year old girl with cerebral palsy who has loved to draw
pictures of the harp and now finds she can take lessons. Her parents
make 12K a year and save to buy her a Harpsicle for Christmas.

A busy mother of four grew up in a large family who could not afford
music lessons. She cannot read music and feels great apprehension about
learning to play, but needs a peaceful outlet that is her own. She
assures her teacher that she has no musical ability whatsoever. Her
family rents to own a 29 string lever harp for her.

The goal of this series is answer the need of such
potential students. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people
similar stories. Unlocking those first, often difficult steps towards
learning opens the door for each student to discover their individual

During my formal pedagogy
training we were taught through example and research the usefulness of
having a method that provides multiple opportunities to reinforce each
new concept and technique to use as needed. Each student moves at a different pace. Some
concepts come more easily than others. This systematic reinforcement
provides the teacher with the flexibility to accomodate a diverse
student population.