Karen teaches both children and adults at all levels - offering both individual and group lessons, giving instruction in a variety of harp styles including fingerpad technique for gut-strung instruments, fingernail techniques such as those from the Robert ap Huw manuscript (suitable for various types of harp), and gut-strung levered clarsach, wire-strung, bray and Paraguayan harp techniques.
Regular lessons are available in the Edinburgh area - contact Karen for more details.
Wire-Strung Harp Tuition
As well as private individual lessons in Edinburgh, Karen teaches wire harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. For five years Karen co-lead a monthly workshop in Edinburgh for the Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society, alternating each month with Bill Taylor. Some of the sheet music and recordings from Karen's workshops are available to buy here.
Skype and distance learning
Karen now offers lessons via Skype, giving students who might live too far from a teacher the opportunity for regular lessons, as well as for anyone who wishes to either work regularly with Karen or have one-off sessions on specific topics or tunes. Paypal makes payment easy for students outwith the UK.
Karen is developing materials and learning packages for those who would benefit from working this way. These can be used in conjunction with Skype lessons or completely separate. There are several wire-strung arrangements available to buy which provide a pdf of the notation plus audio files (mp3) of the tunes played slowly. These are delivered by email. Karen is currently recording some 'lessons' on these pieces - ie talking the student through the piece, demonstrating on the harp while talking about fingering and other issues. It may also be possible to make some of this available as video files. Please get in touch if you would be interested in working in this way.