Boston-area harp stores/harp teachers

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    Kelly Noonan on #161933

    I’m looking for to buy a decent quality harp for a beginner. Currently, I’m leaning towards just buying a Harpsicle online at this point as I’ve been searching for cheap harps and researching this for about a year now with no luck (If you search for my name, you’ll find a post from me from this time last year asking about the Pakistani harps).

    Now that I’m making a little more money, I’d like to make a real committment to learning to play the harp. I’m a teacher, so I’m looking for a harp teacher who can work with an older beginner and hopefully accompany a teacher’s schedule (preferably weekend afternoons and an increase of lessons/weekday lessons over the summer).

    I’ve been toying with the idea of starting with lessons and playing the harp with the teacher or seeing if I could rent one or use a T accessible practice space that might have a harp. I know there are lots of music programs out here but I’m a bit overwhelmed with teaching, so I’ve kind of given up on research. I would love any and all advice on specific teachers I should contact or what the best way to start learning the harp would be. I’m not someone with a lot of musical training (I can read sheet music and played the flute and the piano as a kid, a little).

    Also, how much should I be paying per lesson? I think $50 per lesson might be my cap for now, especially if I’m paying for renting or buying a harp. Thanks!

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    Tacye on #161934

    Do you consider Salem to be in your local area?

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    carl-swanson on #161935

    I may be wrong on this, but I believe the Harp Connection no longer rents harps. I don’t know when they stopped. But that’s probably the reason I have been getting so many calls for rentals this year.

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    Tacye on #161936

    I was going by their website which shows lever harp rentals, I don’t know if they ever rented pedal harps.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #161937

    Good harp teachers may charge as little as $40 a lesson and as much as over $100, so $50 is aiming toward the low end, just so’s you know. You may get it a little less by taking a shorter lesson.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #161938

    The Harp Connection also has a teacher referral list.

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    Kelly Noonan on #161939

    Hi Carl

    Apparently the Harp Connection does still rent harps (I’ve been emailing back and forth with them over the past week). I’m looking into their “rent to buy” program for an Lyon and Healy “Ogden”.

    I have no idea of the availability of other harps, though.

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