Hello! I am a pedal harpist in need of a teacher. Does anyone have any recommendations for a harp teacher in NC? I am located in central NC and would like to find a teacher that plays and teaches in the Salzedo technique.
I was also going to suggest Jackie Bartlett on the phone, if the inquirer had picked up the phone and called. I got a chance, several years ago, to listen to and observe the students of multiple teachers in the Charlotte area performing, and was impressed by those of Ms. Bartlett.
What I suggest music-loving families should do, if they are in a remote place with no harp teacher, is to find a safe place, a classroom in a church or community center, drum up the other families with harps, perhaps getting the word out through church music directors and school teachers, and the local paper, and then invite a good harp teacher to travel there one day a week and teach for several hours. Perhaps the church or community center could offer the annual recital of the teachers’ students as a public event, and the cultural arts could be strengthened in smaller places in the USA.
In these times we need more serious study of music, which develops the aesthetic sense and is a skill for life, and less involvement with hand-held no-think gadgets among our young people. If our far-flung places had itinerate teachers of violin, harp, banjo, classical guitar, trumpet, how much different our musical future as a country could be…
The Salzedo method leads to a strong tone that will carry over and through an orchestra without amplification, which can distort the sound. It is not the only school of harp playing in the USA, but one that is definitely worthy of respect.