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Beginner Focus Area

debbie wilsonIf you have recently started to play the harp and perhaps don't even have a teacher yet, you'll want to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings with Debbie Brewin-Wilson. This class will be dedicated to making sure that you have a firm grasp, so to speak, on how to learn the harp. You'll get the fundamentals and a whole lot of confidence that you can play this instrument! Debbie has been teaching the beginner class for years at the annual Harpers Escape weekend and she's one of most supportive people on the planet--just what you need to get over being nervous and build a solid pathway to learning. Because we want to keep this class at a manageable size, please sign-up in advance by checking off the Beginner Harp Class box on the registration form.

In addition to Debbie's dedicated 3-part class, I have put together a Beginner's Itinerary for Somerset which can augment the fundamentals that you'll get with Debbie. These are workshops I would recommend to my beginning harp students if this was their first Somerset experience and they needed to treat this like harp boot camp. When I put the whole workshop schedule together I was mindful to make sure I had a Beginner program with key elements that could fit into a nice schedule for you. Of the 100+ workshops we're offering, many workshops are labeled for "any" level harper. I've judiciously pared down the big list of "Any" level workshops somewhat for you. Below is the list of the director's suggestions for a comprehensive and well-rounded focus for beginning harpers. These are all hands-on workshops.There are plenty of lectures and other special events you'll want to check out as well.

The Director's Cut: for the Beginner's Somerset Itinerary


Workshop Choices:

Time Workshop Presenter Level
Thurs. 1-2:30pm Rounds in the Round Ellen Tepper Beg.-Int.
Thurs. 1-2:30pm Youth Harp Program: Day 1 Meet & Greet Dominique Dodge Beg-Int.
Thurs. 3-4:30pm Carolan's Take on Baroque Cynthia Cathcart Beg-Int
Fri. 9:30-11am Basically Beginning I Debbie Brewin-Wilson Nov.-Beg
Fri. 9:30-11am Bass lines: going up, going down? Sunita Staneslow Beg-Int
Fri. 9:30-11am Secrets to Practicing Maeve Gilchrist Any
Fri. 9:30-11am Youth Harp Program: Day 2 Dominique Dodge Beg-Int.
Fri. 10-11am I Always Wanted to Play the Harp Robbin Gordon-Cartier Beg.
11am-7pm Exhibit Hall Open    
11:30am-1pm Lunchtime Concert    
Fri. 11:30am DIY harp maintenance 1: Knot Tying Liza Jensen Any
12:00pm Small Harp Tasting    
Fri. 1:30-3pm Beginner's Renaissance Carol Thompson Beg.
Fri. 1:30-3pm Improvising in a liturgical setting Martha Gallagher Beg.-Int.
Fri. 1:30-3pm Music Theory: It's Not Rocket Science Edie Elkan Beg.
Fri. 1:30-3pm Swedish Music Introduction Aryeh Frankfurter Beg-Int
Fri. 1:30-3pm Youth Harp Program: Ensemble I Dominique Dodge Beg-Int.
Fri. 3:30-5pm Building Muscle Memory Carol Thompson Beg.
Fri. 3:30-5pm Comfort Chords Sharon Thormahlen Beg.
Fri. 3:30-5pm Rhythms & Sight-reading Robbin Gordon-Cartier Beg.-Int.
Fri. 3:30-5pm Try the Tinwhistle Dennis Gormley Beg.
Sat. 9:30-11am Basically Beginning II Debbie Brewin-Wilson Nov.-Beg
Sat. 9:30-11am Body & Harp: Pain Free Shoulders, Back and Neck Laurie Riley Any
Sat. 9:30-11am Build a Harp 1 Dennis Waring Any
Sat. 9:30-11am Harp Regulation & Maintenance Liza Jensen Any
Sat. 9:30-11am Youth Harp Program: Day 3 Dominique Dodge Beg-Int.
Sat. 10-11am I Always Wanted to Play the Harp Robbin Gordon-Cartier Beg.
Sat. 9:30-11am Metronome is Your Friend Sharon Thormahlen Beg
11am-6pm Exhibit Hall Open    
Sat. 11:30am DIY harp maintenance 2: Tuning Liza Jensen Any
11:45am-1pm Lunchtime Concert    
Sat. 1:30-3pm Do It Yourself Rearranging Carol Thompson Beg.
Sat. 1:30-3pm Pick a Chord, Any Chord Sharon Thormahlen Beg.
Sat. 3:30-5pm Build a Harp 2 Dennis Waring Any
Sat. 1:30-3pm Youth Harp Program: Ensemble II Dominique Dodge Beg-Int.
Sat. 3:30-5pm Play a Pavane Ellen Tepper Beg.-Int.
Sun. 9-10:30am Basically Beginning III Debbie Brewin-Wilson Nov.-Beg
Sun. 9-10:30am Prevent Injury & Play Better and Faster Alfredo Ortiz Any
Sun. 9-10:30am Using Harp with Children Laurence Furr Any
Sun. 9-10:30am Youth Harp Program: Day 4 Dominique Dodge Beg-Int.
Sun. 1-10pm Harpers' Escape at Somerset (beginner group) Debbie Brewin-Wilson Beg.



If you find a mistake in any of these schedules pages please let me know!


Updated 2/25/17
Workshop descriptions and schedules are subject to change.