Effective harp pedagogy - A Study of Techniques, Physical and Mental
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Music
This study examines the techniques required to effectively play the modern concert harp. Following a study of the main harp performing methods and an examination of the most popular instructional books published in recent times, this study explores and analyses the practice techniques of harp playing. It investigates and identifies general current practice techniques in music, and sees ways in which these may be incorporated into the learning of the harp. A number of musical excerpts are selected as the bases of specific practice plans which are designed to demonstrate how physical and mental techniques may be combined to support accurate and musical harp playing. The practice techniques and plans are assessed and supported by referring them to teachers and senior students. These research participants provided useful information regarding their own learning experiences and observations on the place that technical studies played in the growth of their own performance skills.