Suzuki harp


said: Oct 30, 2007
 104 posts

Suzuki harp seems to be such an unpopular part of the Suzuki program.

Why is harp so rare? If there are any harp teachers or students on this forum, I would love an off-line message from you to discuss some issues I’m having with my daughter.

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 26, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

james, your post seems lika a non-sequitor. Suzuki harp is a classical harp, with strings, not harp as in the familiar/colloquial term for harmonica.

said: Sep 26, 2008
 89 posts

spam has that effect

Emily said: Dec 1, 2013
 59 posts

I noticed there was no comment back on this. Perhaps it wasn’t spam. It does seem that harp does have far less students and teachers when you look under the instruments tab and click on harp. There really is hardly any on the map.

Emily Christensen
Music Teacher & Writer

Gretchen said: Dec 10, 2013
Gretchen Lee
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
State College, PA
28 posts

I also play the harp (in addition to violin and viola). I began playing the harp as an adult, after several decades of viola and violin. Maybe a more experienced harpist can chime in, but here is my opinion:

Starting with the Twinkle variations does not work well with the harp, because the rhythms are not something you will encounter anytime soon as a harpist. Also, repeating the same finger 8 times (as in Twinkle Var. D) can be very tiring, and I think it could be potentially difficult for a young child.

Many of the pieces in the harp books are taken from the Suzuki piano books. While some of them work well on the harp, I think there are many beginner books with more idiomatically harp-like lines, and very appealing pieces. So, it’s not as much a matter of the Suzuki harp repertoire “not working” as it is that there are better choices out there. My harp teacher has recommended books/music for me from a wide variety of sources— if anyone is interested, I can list some.

Anna Wheeler said: Dec 18, 2013
 1 posts

I have a daughter taking Suzuki harp at the moment, she is eight and started playing at six. The twinkle variations were not that difficult for her, but putting hands together has taken a lot of time to get right. She is still in book one . It seems to go a bit slower than my other childrens’ instruments, but I’m not sure if that’s due to the harp or just my daughter.

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