Lessons

Harps Etc. has lessons seven days a week for students of all ages and levels of experience. Our teaching staff of professional harpists can teach you classical, folk, pop and jazz musical styles, music theory, composition, arranging, history and improvisation. Lessons are usually once a week. You can elect to have more than one lesson per week. Arrangements can also be made for lessons on a drop in or biweekly basis.

Please notify your teacher of anticipated absences, however, this does not exempt the student from payment as contracted. There will be no makeup lessons for no shows or lessons canceled with less than 48 hours notice. If a teacher is absent from a scheduled lesson, a make-up lesson will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. If the student misses a make-up lesson, there will be no second make-up opportunity. In cases of sudden illness on the part of the teacher, we will make every reasonable attempt to notify students.

Your lesson time and instructor are arranged when you register for lessons. Enrollment is ongoing. If you are not on auto-pay, your tuition is due at the first lesson of the month for the entire month regardless of your attendance. We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. A credit card is required at the time of registration. You may arrange for Harps Etc. to automatically bill your credit card each month for lessons and/or harp rental. If your payment is not received by the second lesson of the month, your credit card will be automatically billed for one month's instruction. Not all of our teachers accept credit card payments.

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Lesson Fees:

30 minutes  $50.00
45 minutes  $70.00
60 minutes  $90.00

Teachers

Jessica SiegelJessica Siegel received her MA in Music Education and Harp Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.  Her performance career has included orchestral, solo and chamber music.  In 2003 Ms. Siegel opened Harps Etc. with the goal of making the harp visible and accessible to a larger audience.  She has dedicated herself to teaching the harp and has a studio of over 40 students of all ages.  Students have the option of participating in harp ensembles, recitals, informal performance workshops and the Music Teacher Association of California's Certificate of Merit Program. 

Samantha Garvey began her harp studies with Jessica Siegel at the age of 4 until the age of 18. Subsequent teachers have included Karen Thielan and Alice Giles. She attended Diablo Valley Community College and San Jose State University. Samantha currently teaches the harp in the South Bay and at Harps Etc. She performs extensively throughout the Bay Area with several orchestras and as a soloist at business and social events. Samantha also has extensive training in both modern and classical styles.

Alice Chalifoux prizewinner Jennifer R. Ellis has performed over forty premieres, published in the American Harp Journal and Harp Column, has toured as a chamber musician and concerto soloist, and is an in-demand clinician who has given workshops at institutions ranging from San Francisco Conservatory to Interlochen Arts Academy.  From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, she is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy. After studying at Oberlin and CIM, she completed her D.M.A. at the University of Michigan in Harp Performance with a Certificate of Musicology and CRLT Graduate Teacher Certificate.