I'm so happy you've decided to begin your musical journey—or perhaps continue one already well under way!
Before you begin, I want to let you know that Harp On the Hill is a small studio. Purposely small. Purposely eclectic. I am not a 40-student studio, and never will be..
Which means, of course, that I have a limited number of spaces available.
If no spot is currently available, you can request to be added to the Harp on the Hill Studio waiting list.
Lessons at Harp on the Hill Studio come in 2 basic formats:
Individual One-on-One Lessons (All Ages)
Buddy Lessons (for Kids)
Read more about different time options and rates here.
In the form below, you will be asked to indicate your availabilities in 2 broad categories:
1. Weekdays (10 am- 2 pm)
The majority of Harp on the Hill Studio's availabilities are within this first category, perfect for:
.CEGEP and University students
.people who work from home
2. Weekends or Evenings
Time spots in this second category are much more limited, and are reserved for students who are unable to attend classes during weekday hours.
Special Note for Parents
This means that even if your kid loves listening to music, loves dancing to music, loves playing music (when it is a piece they have already mastered)—they still probably won't love practicing music.
And that's where you—the parent—come in.
You don't have to be a musician yourself. You don't have to know anything about music at all
You only have to know about routine and habit. And of course, you are already an expert in that. You've been getting your kids to brush their teeth, do their homework, go to bed on time, and so on since the very beginning.
You already know the power of habit. And you already know that it isn't always easy to create them. It can be a struggle. It can be full-out war. But you know that the struggle is worth it. Because once habits are instilled, they last. They last even when the going gets rough, even when motivation might temporarily wane, even when life gets super busy.
As a teacher, I am going to do my absolute best to motivate your child to practice—by giving them repertoire that they are excited to learn, by developing a positive teacher-student relationship with them, by suggesting habit-tracking apps that can make the ritual of practicing a little more enticing, by holding occasional studio practice challenges, and so on.
As a teacher, I am the motivation builder.
As a parent, you are the habit builder.
We are equal partners in your child's musical journey. In fact, I believe that your role is even greater than mine.
In short, before you sign your child up for music lessons, you should know that, as in any journey worth taking, there is going to be some tough-slogging. It might seem like an endless uphill trek. There are going to be days when your child whines that they are too tired, that they want to go back home; times when they plunk themselves down on the path, times when they refuse to budge. This doesn’t mean that the journey isn't worth it, or even that your child really wants to go back home. It just means that they need a little push, a helping hand to get over a rocky part in the path, an encouraging word, or maybe even just a snack. You know what motivates your child. You know how to help them build good habits. You've done it all before.