Celtic Harp for Beginners

214 TUTOR: Janet Harbison

This course for complete beginners will have you playing tunes within the week and singing familiar songs and airs to your own harp accompaniment, guaranteed! The tutor's 'teaching by ear' method is completely accessible for those who have never 'learned' music before, as well as for those who have. As a group, you will enjoy creating your own fun folk session. A harp will be provided for your use during the course.

4 AM
AM course

Course Notes


Introduction to the harp -

Singing and chording some well-known tunes ..

Getting comfortable with the scale of C.


From the scale to playing some easy tunes

Working up our own jam session!


Getting better at it all!


Getting even better at it…..


Ready for our first concert performance… for ourselves!


Course Tutor

Janet Harbison

About Janet

Dublin born Janet Harbison is a multy-award winning personality in Irish music. With over 30 years of stage performance as a soloist, composer, and founder, trainer and director of various Irish Harp Orchestras, she is renowned for her innovation both as a performer and as a teacher where she has pioneered the oral method of teaching. Janet's history comprises 18 years working in Belfast, first as a doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University (2 years), then as Curator of Music at the Ulster Folk Museum (8 years) where she created the idea of an orchestra to bring people from both sides of the community in Northern Ireland together in celebration of their cultural heritage.To support the work of the now world touring orchestra after they won a Grammy Award with the Chieftains in 1993, she founded the Harp Foundation Ireland to support its work and served as its CEO for 8 years. In 2002, she decided to head homeward passing over the direction of her harp schools and ensembles to former students, and established a residential college of harp at the Irish Harp Centre in Limerick. She directed the Harp Centre for 14 years training up many more of Ireland's prominent performers until, in 2016, she was appointed Visiting Professor of Music at Ulster University back in Northern Ireland. Married to fellow music teacher and former cathedral organist Malcolm Gullis (now based at St.Paul's Cathedral, London) she commutes from her home in London to Londonderry for her university work and runs harp courses for players and teachers world-wide. She is delighted to join the programme at Marlborough Summer School and looks forward to getting acquainted with all kinds of harp players in the UK. Learn more on www.JanetHarbisonHarp.com

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM