Hawaii Teachers

Please see our main Harp Teacher List page for other states, and for more information on how to use this list.

Some teachers who live in neighboring states may be listed at the bottom of this page.


Here's what the icons below indicate:

Teaches through Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or other online programs

Teaches both lever and pedal harp

Teaches only lever harp

Teaches only pedal harp

Teaches all ages

Teaches only children and teens

Teaches only teens and adults


Here is a list of our harp teachers in Hawaii organized island and zip code.

BIG ISLAND
96740

Kailua Kona, HI

Irminsul

Lever and wire-strung harps - all levels

Irminsul teaches private lessons for adults and college-age students at his studio, and through Zoom. He will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. Irminsul teaches all musical styles, as well as composition, arranging, improvisation, and music theory. He offers recitals and harp circles for his students. He has certificates through the Zion School of Thanatology and Harp Therapy. He teaches in English, Spanish, or Russian, and has been teaching since 1998.

"I am not a method teacher. If you seek a strict classical education, I'm not the one. I teach a very personal and intuitive way that seeks to put players in touch with their own best music."

 

BIG ISLAND
96750

Kealakekua, Big Island, HI
(Kailua Kona, Kapaau)

Bonnie Mitchell

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - beginning to intermediate

Bonnie teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at a music store. She'll also travel to local hotels and the homes of students. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Bonnie teaches all musical styles, specializing in Hawaiian and Celtic music. She also teaches composition, arranging, and improvisation and offers performance opportunities if desired. She has a Bachelor's of Music degree from the University of Washington and has been teaching since 1982. She studied with Pamela Vokolek, Lynn Palmer and Edith Lundgren.

"I enjoy teaching."

 

KAUAI
96766

Lihue, Kauai, HI

Sylvia Woods

Lever harp - all levels

Sylvia teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through FaceTime and Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her local students and to vacationers visiting Kauai. Sylvia teaches a variety of styles, but specializes in Celtic and pop music. Since she has written over 50 harp music books and pieces of sheet music, including the best-selling Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp, she also helps students who want to make their own arrangements. She has been teaching since 1978.

"Even though I am on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I love teaching students all over the world through Skype and FaceTime. Also, many harpists stop by for a "one-time" lesson while they're vacationing on Kauai."

 
Sylvia Woods

KAUAI
96766

Lihue, Kauai, HI

Chrissy Luders

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(808) 651-4792 - chrissykauai@hotmail.com

Chrissy teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She teaches classical, modern, pop, jazz, therapy and religious music. Chrissy studied with Susann McDonald, Nancy Gustavson, Patricia Harris, and Harvi Griffin, and has been teaching since 1980.

"My philosophy is you should get great joy out of playing the harp and share that joy with family and friends. The harp IS the most beautiful instrument -- enjoy learning!"

 

MAUI
96708

Haiku, Maui, HI
(Kahului, Makawao)

Irene Ryding

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
Pedal harp - beginning to intermediate

Irene teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She also teaches at Hospice Maui. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Irene teaches all music styles, and offers a harp circle for her students. She has an AA in Theory and Composition, and is a Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner. She has been teaching since 2003.

"Irene Ryding: MauiHarper is a Wedding and Event Harpist appearing at several Maui Hotels and Event locations, as well as a harp therapy practitioner."

 
Irene Ryding

MAUI
96753

Kihei, Maui, HI
(Kahului, Lahaina)

Bobbie Jo Curley

Lever harp - all levels

Bobbie Jo teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Bobbie Jo teaches all music styles, specializing in composition and arranging. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, harp circles, and theory classes for her students. She studied with Shawna Selline, and has been teaching since 1983.

"I teach Voice, Piano, Harp, Guitar, and Theory--have been a musician since age 6. I love playing and teaching!"

 

OAHU
96734

Kailua, Oahu, HI
(Honololu, Island of Oahu)

Jan-Joy Sax

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate

Jan-Joy teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She will also travel to the homes of local students, and other places on request. She specializes in therapy music and teaching on small therapy harps. She also teaches original song arrangement, composition, improvisation, and pop, Celtic, and folk music. She offers a harp circle and theory classes for her students. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Jan-Joy is a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner in the International Harp Therapy Program. She has studied with R.H.Smith, Suzie Husong, Kim Robertson, Grainne Hambly, William Jackson, and Sunita Stanislow. She has been teaching since 1986.

"Positive experience is my goal with students, also with comfort and joy. Communication is encouraged between student & teacher. Flexible schedules welcomed. Extensive study in voice, Hawaiian Language and performance, & experience composing and arranging music. Ask for your dreams!"

 
Jan-Joy Sax

OAHU
96816

Honolulu, Oahu, HI

Constance Uejio

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(808) 732-7805 - cuejio@gmail.com

Constance teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. She teaches arranging and classical, orchestral, pop, Celtic, folk, and religious music. She offers harp ensembles and harp circles. Constance has a Bachelor's of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a Performer's Certificate. She studied with Dorothy Knauss, Eileen Malone, and Marcel Grandjany.

 
Constance Uejio