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How do you teach theory to harp students?

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    Kela Walton
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    I am working on a paper for my harp pedagogy class, and I wonder if

    you could help me with some research.

    #89034
    unknown-user
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    I believe that theory is critical for harpists.

    #89035
    donna-benier
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    Kela, learning theory, how to pluck strings, how to read notes, how to read and play dynamics is all integrated into every lesson for me with my students. Many of my harp students have previously learned another instrument, so they come to me already reading music. However, with the ones who are truly beginners to music, I start out teaching them to read notes, a few at a time. I use flashcards (that I desktop publish and have laminated myself) for the notes, as well as the harp strings. Part of the homework and part of the lesson is to work through the flashcards. I add more and more flashcards until they have learned all the notes on the staff. Each week as they are learning more notes, I incorporate songs that include those notes.

    #89036
    Laurie Muirhead
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    In looking at a new piece of music, I use the following to incorporate theory to my students:

    Begin by checking what the key signature is.

    #89037
    Kela Walton
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    Thank you so much to those of you who have already contributed an answer.

    #89038
    unknown-user
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    Check out the new publication by Sylvia Woods-Teaching Theory-I just took a class from her.

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