Creative Harp Lesson Testimonials

“Rebecca has been the perfect harp teacher for me.  I live with the long-term effects of a head injury, which has affected my memory.  I was concerned about going to harp lessons as I knew it would be cognitively challenging for me, though beneficial in terms of balancing the right and left functions of my brain and learning something new.  Rebecca’s style of teaching is very patient and meets you at your own level.  Her approach to the body remembering, through cellular memory (muscle memory), worked to my strength, as I did not have to rely purely on my own memory (my weakness) in the learning process.  She naturally followed my own speed and progress, giving encouragement all the way.  It has taken a few years and a lot of patience to get to the level I am now.  However, it is worth it, as I will now be playing a set of harp tunes, along with my intuitive music at the reception of my niece’s wedding on Winter Solstice.”

Shelley Robinson, West Yorkshire

“I’ve always enjoyed the ‘rigour’ of playing the harp.  With my working life dominated by deliverables, timelines and strategies it is easy to give over to over calculating the probability of events and actions.  In effect your mind rushes ahead constantly falling faster forward in an attempt to predict the future.  By playing the harp you are reminded that you cannot rush the song – everything has to be done with grace and timing.  A lesson I learned years ago in Karate but seemingly need a refresher for other aspects of my life.”

Jim Lees, Cambridge

“The one thing which is more noticeable for me, both when hearing and even more when playing the harp, is a sense of ‘release’: like letting go of tensions and constraints in my brain and concentrating on the here and now. Additionally, I felt the enormous power of sound vibration (both from the harp and voice) and how they can stimulate different feelings, mostly of calm, strength and communion, not by going through the brain (i.e. from thinking or rationalising) but by going through the body (i.e. through your sensory perception).”

Maria Russo, Cambridge, UK