I don’t know if I qualify as a ‘young harpist’ since I’m not like 12 or 16. But I still feel pretty young, so I figured this would be as good a place as any to post!
Forgive me while I ramble about my life thus far… if you want to skip to my question, feel free, it’s at the end. =]
I’ve always wanted to play a harp ever since I was a little kid. My mom always tells this story about when I was like 3 or 4 (I don’t remember it really, ha ha): once, when we were shopping in the mall, she turned around and I was gone suddenly, and when she found me I was sitting by a harpist just watching. So maybe that’s what sparked my interest. Anyway, I asked my parents a few times in middle school and high school if I could start learning harp, and the answer was usually that it was too expensive. I think, during my senior year of high school, when I asked, they told me that if I could find a harp to rent, they’d let me start lessons. But school/life got really busy, and kind of forgot about it again. And fast-forward to college, my parents bought me a Harpsicle harp for Christmas of my freshman year when I was 18, and I had a lot of fun just playing around with it. I consider myself as having begun to play the harp in my sophomore year of college (September 2010), though, because that’s when I began taking lessons. I’ve been taking lessons for just under a year now, and I just moved up to a bigger harp (Troubadour III), finally! That little Harpsicle wasn’t really letting me grow much. I’m 20 now (turning 21 in a few months), and just beginning my junior year of college. But it’s technically my senior really, since I’m graduating this year (woohoo for graduating in 3 years and saving lots of money!), with a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders (aka speech therapy).
Right now, my plans for the next few years are to graduate in June (2012). I want to travel to Japan to teach English for a year (hopefully through the JET program). And then I’ll come back to the states, and go to grad school to become a speech-language pathologist. At least, that was my plan before I fell in love with the harp (as I knew I would). I think it’s too late to change my major to music, though, since I only have one more year to go until I’ll have my degree. And I think speech therapy will be a great career with good job security.
Time seems to disappear when I’m practicing the harp, though, and that doesn’t happen with too many things for me (sometimes I’ll get lost in a good book, ha ha). So I would like to go somewhere in life with the harp. My question – should I change majors? Probably not, but if you think so, feel free to suggest that as an option. Also – I have no aspirations of playing harp in an orchestra or anything, but what are some steps that I can take, besides continuing lessons and practicing, to go somewhere in life with playing the harp? I could always just play for myself and a few friends, but I feel like it’d be more motivating and rewarding if it was a bigger part of my life.