Colleen Potter Thorburn

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I offer private lessons in piano and harp for students of all ages, 5 to 70+. I teach out of my home studio in Petersburg, Virginia, as well as in students’ homes, at the Virginia Harp Center, and at VCU in Richmond, Virginia. I have taught children as young as 5 and as young-at-heart as 75. Keyboard and/or English reading experience is preferred prior to starting harp lessons, but is not always essential.

Degrees
Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance, Master of Music in Harp Performance, Doctorate of Music in Harp Performance
Schools
Yale School of Music (DMA, MMA, MM), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BM)
Faculty
Virginia Commonwealth University, Coda Mountain Academy of Music
Type of harp
Pedal, Lever
Styles
Classical, Folk/Celtic, Jazz/Pop
Ages and Levels
Beginners welcome, Adults welcome, No piano background required
Locations
Private Studio, Student's Home, College or University, Summer Program
More Info

I strive to help each student, beginner and advanced alike, to develop a personal, critical approach toward music as a vehicle for creative communication, while simultaneously developing a relaxed and reliable playing technique.

Students from both French and Salzedo backgrounds are welcome! Although I teach primarily French technique, I try not to interfere with any elements of a student’s technique that are already working well for them. Students from both backgrounds have successfully made progress into intermediate and advanced-level repertoire in my studios.

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