Illinois 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 Illinois organized by zip code.

60010

Barrington, IL

Brittany Smith

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
Pedal harp - all levels

Brittany teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her music studio. No previous musical training is required. Brittany teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical, orchestral, and pop music. She also teaches improvisation, and music theory, and offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. Brittany is a Registered Suzuki Teacher and a Certified Music Practitioner, and has a DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) in Harp Performance.

 

60030

Grayslake, IL
(Chicago IL, Milwaukee WI)

Alison Attar

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Alison teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype and FaceTime. No previous musical training is required. Alison teaches all music styles, and offers harp ensembles for her students. She has a D.M. degree from Northwestern University, and studied with Elizabeth Cifani and Elizabeth Borsodi-Wolksteain. She has been teaching since 1992.

"I strive to provide a safe, consistent and structured learning environment that allows each student to develop their individual potential and fulfill their sense of personal enrichment at the harp."

 
Alison Attar

60134

Geneva, IL
(Naperville, Rock Island)

Erin Freund

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Erin teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, and at Augustana College in Rock Island. Besides teaching lever and pedal harp, she also teaches wire-strung and double- or triple-strung harp. No previous musical training is required. Erin teaches a variety of musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She also offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She has Doctor of Music, Master's of Music, Performance Certificate, and Bachelor's of Music degrees and is a Registered Suzuki Teacher. Erin has studied with Alice Chalifoux, Yolanda Kondonassis and Liz Cifani. She has been teaching since 1999.

 

60188

Carol Stream, IL
(Chicagoland area)

Sharon Crabbe

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Sharon teaches private 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 both lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Sharon teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music and music theory. She offers recitals and harp ensembles. She has Bachelor's of Music Performance and Education, and is Suzuki Certified at all levels. She studied with Mary Jo Green, Marjorie Tyre, and Charles Kleinstuber, and has been teaching since 1976.

 
Sharon Crabbe

60202

Chicago, IL

Annette Bjorling

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Annette teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She teaches all levels of lever harp, and beginning and intermediate pedal harp. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Besides teaching in English, she also teaches in German. Annette teaches all music styles, specializing in improvisation and klezmer music. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, harp circles, and theory classes. She occasionally overlaps students' lessons so they can play duets. She has a Diplom in Kluturpadagogik, which is similar to a Master's degree in cultural education. She studied with Liz Cifani, Rudiger Oppermann, Park Stickney, Kim Robertson, and Christoph Pampuch. She has been teaching since 1993.

"I am experienced and enjoy teaching harp for any level and age, beginners to advanced, young and adults. I teach many musical styles."

 
Annette Bjorling

60302

Oak Park, IL

Nancy O'Brien

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Nancy teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype. She specializes in classical music, and also teaches composition, arranging, improvisation, and music theory. Nancy offers harp circles and harp ensembles for her students. She has BM and MCAT degrees in music therapy and has been teaching since 1996.

 

60559

Westmont, IL
(Chicagoland)

Lisa Boggess

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Lisa teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. Lisa teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and therapy music. She offers recitals and harp ensembles, and mentoring in the Harps for Healing therapeutic music program. She has a MALS degree in music from Valparaiso University, and is a Certified Clinical Musician. Lisa studied with Alice Chalifoux, Bridgett Stuckey Yowell, and Suzann Davids. She teaches the Salzedo Method, and has been teaching since 1995.

 

60612

Chicago, IL
(Orland Park)

Janelle Lake

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Janelle teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, at a college, and at The Music Connection on Orland park. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has both lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Janelle teaches all music styles, specializing in classical and pop music. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, harp circles, and studio classes for her students. She has Bachelor's of Music and Master's of Music degrees from Northwestern University, and has been teaching since 2004. She is a Registered Suzuki Teacher for books 1-5. She has studied with Liz Cifani and Geraldine Elliott.

"Children have monthly studio classes included in the tuition. Adults have the option to obtain performance practice at quarterly afternoon tea at Janelle's home."

 

60637

Chicago, IL
(Western suburbs)

Lillian Lau

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Lillian teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at the University of Chicago, Illinois Math & Science Academy. She also teaches through Skype. Lillian teaches all music styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She offers recitals and theory classes to her students. She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music, and a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies. She studied with Susann McDonald and Sarah Bullen and has been teaching since 2003.

 

60640

Chicago, IL
(Chicagoland Area)

Sarah Thompson

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Sarah teaches private lessons to children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Sarah teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and contemporary. She also teaches arranging, improvisation, and music theory. She offers recitals for her students. She has a Bachelor's in Music Performance from Northwestern University, and has been teaching since 2005. She studied with Jeanene Gage, Elizabeth Cifani, Dr. Nan Gullo-Richmond, and Dr. Kathy Bundock Moore.

"What makes lessons fun? Performing the songs you want to learn. As a dedicated teacher, I go above and beyond to ensure you are achieving your goals and performing the style of music you most enjoy."

 

60647

Chicago, IL

Marguerite Lynn Williams

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Marguerite teaches private lessons for children and college age students at her studio and at Roosevelt University. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Marguerite teaches arranging and classical, modern and orchestral music. She offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She has a Bachelor's of Music degree in Harp Performance, a Performer's Certificate, and a Master's of Music in Orchestral Harp. She is Suzuki trained, and has been teaching since 1997. She studied with Sarah Bullen, Kathleen Bride, Ursula Kwasnicka and Artiss de Volt.

"As a teacher I want to see my students succeed beyond their expectations."

 

61701

Bloomington, IL
(Champaign)

Molly Madden

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Molly teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, and at The Music Shoppe in Normal, Illinois. She also teaches through Skype, and will travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. Molly teaches all music styles, specializing in classical and pop music. She teaches music theory and string-tying and harp care workshops. She offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. Molly has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Harp Performance. She studied with Joy Yu Hoffman and Dr. Ann Yeung, and has been teaching since 2011.

"My goal is to help students develop the skills and disciplines needed to better love, appreciate, and enjoy music, and be able to comfortably share their music with others."

 
Molly Madden

61820

Champaign, IL

Shirley Meyer Blankenship

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Shirley teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at the Univeristy of Illinois, Unit One Program. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Shirley teaches all musical styles and offers theory classes and rhythmic studies for her students. She has Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees in piano, a Master's degree in theory, and a DMA in music compostition. She studied with Sr. Mary Angela and Charles Kleinsteuber, and has been teaching since 1961.

"For 9 years I taught harp and music theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois where I was Principal Harpist for the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. On my website is a section entitled: New: Shirley's Prodigious Legacy 70+ There you will find a lengthy bio with pictures and recordings that date back to 1953, as well as videos, scores and recordings."

 

61821

Champaign, IL

Julia Kay Jamieson

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Julia Kay teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at the homes of students. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Julia Kay teaches all music styles, specializing in classical and pop music. She also teaches composition, arranging, improvisation and music theory, and offers recitals for her students. She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Harp Performance and received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Illinois. She studied with Jocelyn Chang, Susann McDonald, and Ann Yeung, and has been teaching since 1998.

"I have the exciting role as a facilitator and teacher of guiding students to meet their individual goals and realize their full potential as musicians. While encouraging students to develop strong, fluent technique, good tone quality, and a growing understanding of music, I value and recognize each student's creativity, expression, and individuality."

 
Julia Kay Jamieson

62301

Quincy, IL

Sarah Javaux

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
Pedal harp - all levels

Sarah teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Sarah specializes in classical and orchestral music, as well as modern, pop, and religious music. She also teaches improvisation and music theory, and offers harp ensembles and recitals for her students. She has Bachelor of Music (Harp Performance) and Master of Music (Harp Performance) degrees, and is Suzuki Harp Book One certified. She studied with Elizabeth Hainen, Faye Seeman, and Pam Weest-Carrasco, and has been teaching since 2009.

 

62650

Jacksonville, IL

Devon Carpenter

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Devon teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Devon teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and pop music. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, and ABRSM or Trinity Exams for her students. She has a BA in Music and has been teaching since 1999.

 

62711

Springfield, IL
(Lincoln, Decatur)

Jan Mulrooney-Kuhn

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
(217) 726-7106 - musicjmk@comcast.net

Jan teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Jan specializes in Celtic and folk music, and also teaches arranging, improvisation, and classical, religious and therapy music. She is a Certified Healing Musician and studied with Carl Johnson, Marilyn Bennett, and Sunita Stanslow. She has been teaching since 2009

 

Neighboring States

53143

Kenosha, WI
(Milwaukee WI, Chicago, IL)

Anne Morse Hambrock

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Anne teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at the University of Wisconsin Parkside, and Carthage College. She also teaches through Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype. No previous musical training is required for adults, but she prefers at least 2 years of piano for students under 11. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Anne teaches composition, arranging, and improvisation, and classical, orchestral, modern, pop, jazz, blues, Celtic, folk, early, and therapy music. She offers harp ensembles, and has been teaching since 1983. She has a Bachelor's of Music in Harp Performance and Harp Pedagogy. She studied with Ruth Inglefield, Pierre Jamet, Lilian Phillips, and Nancy Morse.

"My teaching is tailored to each of my students. My goal is to help them achieve whatever they are searching for on their harp journey - be it simply for fun, or therapy, or professional aspiration. My two college programs are interested in non-harp majors as well as harp majors. Both institutions are ideal for students who wish to maintain their playing skills but not major in harp."

Anne Morse Hambrock