I submitted a proposal to teach an Introduction to the Harp course as a non-credit enrichment class at my local community college, and my proposal was accepted today. I’m desperate to find a harp community that’s less than 80 minutes from my home, and at this point I think the only way that will happen is if I build one myself!
The class will probably consist of about three contact hours or so. I plan to cover the parts of the harp, a brief history of the harp, a survey of the types of harp and their differences (lever, pedal, Paraguayan, etc.), depending on the available AV equipment perhaps some audio examples of harp music, tuning, seated posture, hand position, and of course some contact with a harp! Since it will certainly be a small class, I’ll likely have one harp for everyone to share. We’ll at least do some glissandi; depending on the musical level of the participants, I’m hoping to try some basic chords and progressions (I IV V I). . . and maybe more. . . it won’t hurt to dream. 🙂
Can you think of anything else that would be appropriate to an introductory harp class? Please keep in mind that my intent in teaching this is to expose the people in a very non-musical and uneducated city to the beauty of the harp. I want to make it interesting enough that they’ll want to learn more, but not overwhelm them with all the fascinating details that are more appropriate to actual study of the instrument.
I’ll be teaching this class sometime next spring. Many thanks in advance for your input!