Are you able to get a music degree using a lever harp?

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    unknown-user on #167204

    I am in tenth grade and I am currently playing a lever harp. I was wondering if it is possible
    to get a degree in Music Education or Music Performance with a lever harp.

    carl-swanson on #167205

    I have never heard of a college degree in lever harp.

    unknown-user on #167206

    Nope. But you can still go pro on Lever harp. Look at Sylvia Woods. If its a degree you’re seeking, you’ll definetely need to make the transition to pedal harp. But don’t worry, its not too hard! Pedal harp rocks!
    Most harpists will seek a Harp Performance degree, or where available, a Harp Pedagogy degree. That is not to say you cannot obtain a Music Ed degree. Usually someone who plays a traditional instrument (whoa! not that the harp isn’t, but “traditional” here is meaning violin, cello, flute, trumpet, tbone, etc) will be the ones seeking a Music Ed degree. These people usually have a general knowledge of the more common instruments. You could definetely do it, but you’d have your work cut out for you. Best of luck.

    brook-boddie on #167207

    Emily, I may be wrong, but I seem to remember reading an article recently either in The Harp Column magazine or the American Harp Society Journal that mentions that there is now a college/university that offers a degree in lever harp.

    Evangeline Williams on #167208

    I would say there is a decent chance.

    unknown-user on #167209

    From, on the “choosing a harp” page.

    “College and University programs are generally geared toward pedal harp; but hark! There is a program for a major in lever harp at the U of Oregon headed by Laura Zaerr, professor of harp.”

    Maybe you could try that?

    unknown-user on #167210

    Perhaps you could if you were only studying medieval and renaissance music. Some school have early music programs, like St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

    Calista Anne Koch on #167211

    I know that you posted this a while ago, but I wanted to give you my 2 cents worth;

    unknown-user on #167212


    Just stumbled across this site – I see I’m a year late in posting!

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