This thread is a companion to our article “New Tunes for Young Harpists,” which appeared in the May/June, 2006, issue of Harp Column magazine. We asked teachers what their favorite repertoire choices were for beginning students, and why. (Contact us for a back issue with the full article.)
Please give us your input, and suggest your favorite teaching pieces here. Be sure to tell us why you like a particular piece, what skills it introduces, and what you feel it accomplishes in the learning process for a beginning harpist.
Well, in Betty Paret’s First Harp Book, I just love Big Brown Bear, which she follows with the N-E-S-T-L-E-S tune, which they probably stole from her. She has many wonderful tunes in the book, which I hope not to tire of. I love some of Salzedo’s Tiny Tales and his other music for beginners which introduce modern music wonderfully, and some of the Pathfinder Studies which were actually composed by Lucile Lawrence. Apart from baroque or classical tidbits, I like to be able to use classical settings of folk music from many cultures. There are some very nice collections of Hungarian folk songs by Kodaly, which were transcribed by von Wurtzler.