An adult harp student takes an online lesson from home in 2019 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harp Lessons, Online or In-Person

Harp lessons are currently available in Worcester, also online as circumstances permit.    For this instrument, we offer 8 or 10 week blocks of lessons.  Please call the office for scheduling information.

Susan Howland, harp faculty, teaches lever and pedal harp (also small folk harp, sometimes referred to as lap harp).  You can begin lever harp lessons around age 6.  Students should be around age 10 for beginning pedal harp.

Our teacher can provide guidance on securing an instrument (purchase or rental).  To get started, please complete this lesson inquiry form.

You are also welcome to email us at info@pakmusic.org.

We accept students of all levels, beginning to advanced. Adult students are also welcome.

Harp teacher Susan Howland plays her harp for enjoyment.

Harp Lesson Schedules

While lessons are scheduled on a weekly basis during the school year, we will consider accepting adult students on an every-other-week basis if scheduling permits.

Summer lessons are available on an individual basis according to student and teacher availability. Please contact the office in April or May for information regarding summer lesson availability.

Please email info@pakmusic.org for more information regarding scheduling.

You can view more information about our Harp teacher, Susan Howland, here.

You may also find it interesting to read about famous harpists, including Susan’s teacher Marcel Grandjany, here.

Is the Harp a Difficult Instrument?

Yes and no. Unlike wind and bowed string instruments, the harp sounds great from day one and it is relatively easy to play simple and satisfying pieces after only a few lessons.

However, the harp is a difficult instrument to play to a high standard. Modern concert and orchestral repertoire makes serious demands on the player.  Lever harps, traditionally used in orchestral settings, have an ever-growing body of challenging repertoire to choose from.

Ultimately, if you want to play simple pieces for sheer enjoyment, the folk harp in particular is a wonderful instrument that is hard to beat – especially for adults who would like to take up an instrument later in life. If your ambitions take you beyond the simple, then be prepared to put in some hard (but rewarding) work!