Lessons

At Harps Etc. we love teaching others to play the harp.  We have 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.

LESSON POLICIES

Lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes and are scheduled once a week unless other arrangements have been made in advance.   Additional lessons may be scheduled, if desired.  Lessons are taught throughout the entire year and are charged as a monthly tuition, based on the number of scheduled lessons for the month.  Payment in full is due during the first week of each month, regardless of attendance except for the dates listed below.  We accept cash, checks and most major credit cards.  You may elect to give us a credit card number to keep on file and we will automatically charge your lessons, ensemble group, music, strings and other purchases as they occur.  Credit card numbers are encrypted for your security.

MAKEUP LESSONS

We expect you at your lessons unless otherwise advised.  Tuition is to be paid regardless of attendance.  Most of our teachers offer  offer make-up lessons for missed lessons for which you have given at least 48 hours’ notice.  All make-up lessons MUST take place within 30 days of the missed lesson or the make-up lesson is forfeited.  

We know life happens and you may have a last-minute illness or emergency.  All students are eligible to receive  up to two make-up lessons per calendar year for this kind of situation.

Students who participate in any group class such as the harp ensembles are responsible for payment regardless of attendance, unless the holiday falls on any of the dates below.  The Ensemble fee is to be made in one payment at the beginning of each semester.

There are NO lessons on the following days.

You will not be billed for lessons for:

New Year’s Eve and Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve and Day

Lessons DO take place on the holidays below.  You are billed for the following holidays unless we receive 48 hours advance notice that you will miss the lesson.

Martin Luther King Day

President’s Day

Columbus Day

Veteran’s Day

School Winter and Spring Break

LESSON TUITION

Lessons are billed as a monthly tuition based on 4 lessons a month. If you arrange for a different lesson schedule, we will prorate your tuition accordingly. We do charge for the 5th lesson if your lesson day falls happens to have a fifth week.

On the first of September of each year, your tuition will increase by $5.00 per lesson or group class, unless otherwise noted.  This is to accommodate the ongoing increase in the cost of doing business. Please speak to us if this causes you any hardship.  

Based on four lessons per month our tuition is:

30 minute     $240 per month

45 minute      $320 per month

60 minute      $400 per month

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

If you  miss four consecutive weeks of lessons with or without advising your teacher in advance, we will take you off the schedule and discontinue charging you until you return to lessons.  We cannot guarantee you that the same lesson day and time will be available. You do have the option of continuing to pay your monthly tuition to reserve your lesson day and time until you are able to return to lessons. This applies to any absences of more than one month, including, but not limited to vacation, illness or family emergencies.

 TUITION FEE

On the first of September of each year, your tuition will increase by $5.00 per lesson or group class, unless otherwise noted.  This is to accommodate the ongoing increase in the cost of doing business.  Please speak to us if this causes you any hardship.

TERMINATION OF LESSONS

Please give your instructor at least 1-week notice should you terminate your lessons.  This allows the student and teacher to have closure.

LESSON EXPECTATIONS

Students are expected to arrive at their lesson on time and ready to go. Please trim your nails before your lesson and wash your hands before you play the harp at home and at the studio.  If you play the pedal harp, please bring appropriate shoes.  All students are expected to be neat and clean. The lesson harps are used by many people and we need to reduce the spread of illness and to protect the instrument from oils, lotions, and dirt. Shoes must be worn regardless of the kind of harp you play.

LATENESS

If you are late, your lesson time will not be extended.  However, if the instructor is running late, we will be sure to give you extra time at your next lesson. If your lesson runs evertime, you will NOT be charged. It is our gift to you as a pay it forward for missed lessons or shortened lessons.

PRACTICE TIME

Students are expected to practice their warm- ups and repertoire every day. If you have a 30 -minute lesson, plan on 30 minutes a day, a 45 -minute lesson, plan on 45 minutes a day, etc. Practice time may be split up throughout the day.  Remember, you get out of it what you put into it, so practice as much as possible. This is the only way to impr

Teachers

Jessica Siegel is well known in the harp community as a performer, educator and clinician. She 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 Mulgrew 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 at Harps Etc. and all over the bay area. 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.  

Victoria Hughes received her Performance Certificate at the widely respected Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has been an active performer, harp instructor and arranger of harp music for over 20 years.   Her love is teaching improvisation and jazz stlyes to harpists.