The books I see adult students going through the most are all of Kathryn Cater’s books published by Afghan Press. Every one of her pieces is a little gem, each teaching a different skill. More than one of my adult harp pals has mentioned that they enjoy playing “Cater” because it isn’t just scales and arpeggios. When you finish learning a skill you actually have a really nice little piece for your repertoire.
I’ve been at the Sylvia Woods Harp Center and have overheard other adult students showing her books to other adult students, over and over again, so they are really making the rounds. The first piece I ever played in public was Cater’s “Monarch Wings” from her ‘bug’ book. I don’t even remember the title of her books any more. Adults just call them the “bug” book, the “horse” book, the “bird” book, etc., and everyone knows which book they mean, that’s how popular they are.
For myself, after I finished Cater’s books I started Mary K. Lloyd’s books (again from Afghan Press). I play a lot of her pieces now at City of Hope. They have a
Thanks for much for your lovely post – I really appreciate hearing about the feelings of adult learners and what their experiences are, it is so helpful!
Those books sound perfect for alot of the adult students that are down here in Tasmania (yes, the other end of the world!). There are alot of alternative lifestyle type people, and alot of those that take up harp are definitely of the “New Age” variety.