The harp is a beautiful instrument that many people admire, but fear they will never be able to play. Learning to play a harp, however, can be achieved with some hard work and knowledge. It is never too late to start learning the harp. There are beginners of all ages and backgrounds who will discover great joy in playing the harp. The great thing about learning to play the harp is that everything sounds wonderful on the harp - in five minutes you can sit down and learn to make pleasing sounds. So practicing becomes a fun activity, and learning is easy. It’s ideal to have a professional teach the basics of harp playing. Our harp teacher one of who respects the style of music that you wish to play, and who can teach you the appropriate technique for your style of harp. New musicians need to know that the sound of their instrument is the most powerfully satisfying feature of doing music. The best harps have a rich, resonant voice; the strings are evenly balanced so the full range of the harp is responsive – even inspiring the player to reach for greater skills.
Studies have demonstrated a beneficial relationship of harp music upon physiological responses such as blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. Studies have shown that the heart rate decreases and oxygenation levels increase when harp music is played. Additionally, research has substantiated beneficial effects on perceived levels of pain, anxiety and positive emotions. Harp music promotes an atmosphere of comfort, warmth and safety.
The benefits that come from taking music lessons can be invaluable regardless of age. These include: improved cognitive attributes such as organization, problem solving, math, science study skills, communication and memory. The study of music has also been found to encourage a calmer and more focused mind, develop creativity, increase perseverance, confidence and determination, improve dexterity and discipline, in addition to empowering ones self-esteem.
The benefits of private music lessons include one-on-one undivided attention with the chance to discover and develop one’s own learning style, the opportunity for the student to be recognized as a unique individual, and the advantage of personalized lesson plans designed to maximize his or her progress.
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