I’m just curious as to what your busy schedules (as young harpests) allow as far as your practice time.
My daughter is 10 1/2, and has been playing for 2 1/2 years. She is home schooled, so she has time for harp, academics, basketball and other interests. She practices 2 1/2 to 3 hours a day 6 days a week. She plays for pleasure in between her practice sessions and looks forward to every opportunity to play for others. It remains to be seen how far she will go in harp studies, but her dad and I are committed to helping her go as far as she’d like.
(Well, even though this post is a year old, might as well put my two cents in since someone resurrected it…)
I certainly do have a busy schedule. I’m homeschooled, which helps, but I hope to be attending an arts school next year (so extra harp time to work for my audition). In addition to my harping, I have Irish Dancing (three hours a week plus practice) piano (principle musician for two churches plus gigs plus practice), schoolwork, horses (I ride and train), 4-H (the best thing since harps and horses), as well as competitions. In spare time (haha) I’m also trying to teach myself guitar, run my website (Keeping Fairy Reeling at http://www.geocities.com/acthappy–not
I appreciate your bringing up ‘fall back’ plans. I love to sew, mostly by hand. I embroider and quilt. I love to cook, and usually cook a few times a month for my family. Music isn’t my only interest, and I try hard to cultivate my other interests and skills. I understand music is a difficult business and so I take especial care to ensure that I am well prepared for life in general.
(And Janna–so glad to meet another dancing harpist! Ceili is the best…my favorite is the Sweets of May!)
I’m almost 17 and I’m Doing 5 A levels, which doesnt leave that much time to practice, but I always try to practice Harp for 2 1/2 to 3 hours a day, viola 1 hour and violin 1 hour 5 days a week, and more on the weekends…Fitting in a social life on top of that can prove difficult, but I have just about managed to find time for that too, lol.
Right now I’m a 15 year old high school softmore. I go to boarding school in the Boston area. I wish I could get more practicing in but unfortunately I can’t. School is from 8-3 Tech Crew from 3:30-5 required dinner 6-6:30 and required study hall 7:30 to 9:30. The practice rooms close before dinner so
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