looking for harp teacher in Vancouver, BC area

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    Nelleke Kerkhoff

    I’m 18 and really would like to play the harp.


    Dear Nelleke Kerkhoff: In North Vancouver there is a wonderful harp teacher named (Mrs.) Rita Costanzi. She is busy teaching at the U. of B.C. there, and recording harp masterworks; but if she doesn’t have room in her schedule she could surely refer you to another qualified harp teacher. You can contact her either through the University, or by writing to her at 1719 Pierard Road, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V7J 1Y4. Which harp to start on depends on your goals that you want to achieve( after much practice!) with a harp. People have enjoyed all sizes, from a lap harp to the big concert harp. The larger the harp, the richer the sound, but also the expense increases with size, like with anything else. If you choose a lever harp your repertoire is pretty much limited to folk songs from all countries, carols, early type music, and hymns. If you choose a pedal harp, you will be unlimited in your choice of music. It is impossible for an outsider to tell you what to aim for; you must figure this out, with the help of a caring teacher. Then try to obtain the largest possible harp for the type of music you want to play, that you can afford. This will give you the most satisfaction as you do your practicing, because if you don’t enjoy the sound and range of your harp you may give up.

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