New Jersey 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.


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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 New Jersey organized by zip code.

07003

Bloomfield, NJ
(New York City)

Frances Duffy

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(917) 975-8719 - francesduffy99@gmail.com

Frances teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. Frances teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She studied with Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Anne-Marguerite Michaud, and Deborah Hoffman, and has a doctoral studies degree. She has been teaching the Grandjany technique since 1990.

 

07017

East Orange, NJ
(New York, Montclair)

Robbin Gordon Cartier

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Robbin teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She also teaches at a variety of schools, and at the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. She has both lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Robbin teaches all music styles, specializing in classical and religious music. She also offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She has a BA in Music Education, and an MA in Harp Performance, and has been teaching since 1985.

"If you have the desire to learn how to play the harp and you are willing to work to fulfill this dream, you can learn how to play the harp!"

 
Robbin Gordon Cartier

07039

Livingston, NJ

Beth Robinson

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(973)-699-2194 - Macbeth@comcast.net

Beth teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. Beth specializes in classical and orchestral music, and also teaches pop and rock and roll. She studied with Lucy Lewis, and Lucile Lawrence, and has a Bachelor's of Music degree. She has been teaching since 1967.

 

07041

Milburn, NJ
(Morristown, Westfield)

Odarka Polanskyj Stockert

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp and electric harp - beginning to intermediate
(973) 763-6303 - www.odarka.com

Odarka teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She also gives workshops by special arrangement. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Odarka teaches all musical styles, specializing in arranging and Celtic music. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, and extra theory classes. Besides teaching in English, she also teaches in Ukranian and Spanish. She has an engineering degree. She studied with Leone Paulson and others.

"I would love to meet you! Call and set up an appointment so we can discuss your specific needs and see if we'd like take on harp learning as a team for your benefit and joy!"

 

07093

West New York, NJ

Tomina Parvanova

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Private harp lessons are offered to students of all ages and levels in the New York and New Jersey area. ‚ÄčLessons in home or at private studio, focus on technique good tone production, and ear training. Flexible and creative approach individually tailored to each student's needs. Ms. Parvanova has served as Adjunct instructor at The Boston Conservatory teaching solo, chamber music and orchestra repertoire. While pursuing her Masters Degree at Boston University CFA, she was a harp teaching assistant for undergraduate minor students. Ms. Parvanova is the founder of Music from NYC, a group of inspired professional musicians based in NYC dedicated to providing online instrumental lessons worldwide.

 
Tomina Parvanova

07306

Jersey City, NJ
(New York City, NY)

Karen Peterson, CMP, NASM-CPT

Lever and double-strung harps - all levels

Karen teaches private lessons for children, adults, and seniors through Zoom videoconference. She will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. Karen teaches all music styles, specializing in therapy music. She also teaches composition, arranging, improvisation, and music theory. Karen studied with Julie Buzzeli and Faye Seeman, and has been teaching since 2012. She is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP), and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

"I offer lessons on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or catch-as-catch-can basis. For beginners, I understand the challenge of learning something new as an adult. For current harpers, I can help you reinvigorate your enjoyment of your harp."

 
Karen Peterson, CMP, NASM-CPT

07446

Ramsey, NJ

Penny McCulloch

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - beginning

Penny teaches private lessons for adults at her studio, as well as at the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Penny teaches classical, pop, Celtic, folk, and religious music. She also teaches music theory, and offers harp circles for her students. Penny studied with Dulci Barlow, Mary Elizabeth Collins, and Sue Richards, and is a certified k-12 teacher. She has been teaching since 2004.

"I teach to my students' individual goals and abilities."

 

07450

Ridgewood, NJ

Katy Wong

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Katy teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at Paramus Community Schools. She will travel to the homes of local students, and also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Katy teaches all musical styles, as well as arranging, improvisation, and music theory. She offers recitals for her students. Katy studied with Nancy Allen.

 

07631

Englewood, NJ

Ardis Cavin

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Ardis teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, and at Bergen Community College. She also teaches through Skype, and will travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Ardis teaches all musical styles, as well as composition, arranging, improvisation and music theory. She offers harp ensembles, recitals, harp circles, and summer camps for her students. She has a Master's degree from Indiana Universtiy, and New Jersey Music Certification grades 1-12. Ardis studied with Mildred Dilling and has been teaching since 1980.

"Ardis Cavin is a patient and fun-loving teacher who will guide you in achieving your harp goals - whether playing for fun and relaxation or Carnegie Hall! I am also a professional musician performing in weddings, restaurants and special occasions in New York and New Jersey."

 
Ardis Cavin

07646

New Milford, NJ

Olga Efimova

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Olga Efimova teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype and Zoom. She will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. Olga teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and jazz music. She also teaches composition, arranging, improvisation, and music theory, and offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. Olga has the following degrees: Masters in Harp Performance from Russian Academy of Music (Moscow); Licenciate Certificate from Trinity College of Music, UK; LTCL - harp performance (trinity); ATCL - flute performance; and ATCL - piano performance. She studied with the Russian harpist celebrity Emilia Moskvitina. Olga teaches in Russian, Italian, French, and English, and has been teaching since 2000.

"I have over 20 years of performance carrier as an orchestra and solo musician. I am passing the best knowledge I got from my teachers. Preparing for graded exams and recitals. I give also flute and piano lessons."

 

07661

Bergen County, NJ
(Rockland County, NY)

Barbara Allen

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(845) 536-7235 - Ballenharp@aol.com

Barbara teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, and at Hoff Barthelson, Masters School, Mannes School of Music (New School). She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Barbara teaches classical, orchestral, modern, pop, and therapy music. She has the following degrees and certifications: BFA- SUNY Purchase, MM Juilliard School, Harp for Healing certification (mentor/teacher). Barbara studied with Pearl Chertok, Susann McDonald, and Jane B Weidensaul, and has been teaching since 1972. She won 2nd prize at the 7th International Harp Competition in Israel, and is currently the Principal Harp of the American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center, NYC.

 

07722

Colts Neck, NJ

Marjorie Mollenauer

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(732) 431-0010 - harpangel@optonline.net

Marjorie teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. For students with no previous musical training, she gives piano lessons combined with the harp. She has lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Marjorie teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She teaches arranging, improvisation, and music theory, and offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She also offers opportunities for students of all levels to perform in public, and to audition for competitions if they are prepared. She studied with Nannette Black in Hollywood, Henriette Renie in Paris, and Mildred Dilling in New York. She has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music degrees from Stanford University, a secondary school teaching certificate in music, and a Masters Degree in Music Education. Marjorie teaches in French as well as in English, and has been teaching since 1956.

"My goals are to give the student a love for music and the harp, the ability to read music, and an excellent harp technique based on relaxation and the French Method. My students have won many competitions and scholarships, and some of them play professionally and teach."

 

07726

Manalapan, NJ

Oksana Tarasova-Kessous

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Oksana teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. She teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and pop music. She also teaches improvisation and music theory, and offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. Oksana has a teaching license and the following degrees: Doctor of Music Art, Professional Study Degree, Master of Music and Bachelor of Music. She has been teaching since 1992.

 

07832

Columbia, NJ
(New York City)

Dominique Boyle

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(908) 475-1687 - harpee8@yahoo.com

Dominique 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. Dominique teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and pop music. She also offers recitals and theory classes for her students. She has a Bachelor's of Music degree in harp performance, and has studied with Merynda Adam and Kathleen Bride. She has been teaching since 2001.

"I starting playing the harp at age 6 and fell in love with it. I love to share my love of the harp with others and love to teach what i have learned over the past 25 years of playing."

 

07846

Johnsonburg, NJ
(Rockaway)

Iris Nevins

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate

Iris teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio and at the Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey (IAANJ). She also teaches through Skype, and will travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Iris teaches Celtic music, and offers a harp circle. She has been teaching since 2010.

"I teach the Irish Traditional way, by ear and eye, but also encourage music reading. I run Irish concerts and often have students open for the show. I also repair and maintain their harps or teach them how."

 

07871

Sparta, NJ
(Dover, Rockaway)

Cecilia Parker Chartoff

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(973) 726-8831 - cparker@harptones.com

Cecilia teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, and will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. Cecilia teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and Celtic music. She offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. Besides teaching in English, she also teaches in Spanish. She has a Bachelor's of Music specialization in harp performance in Argentina. She also has Le Di Plome d'Execution from Ecole Normale In Paris, France. She studied with Micheline Kahn and Pierre Jarmet, and has been teaching since 1995.

"I started my education in Argentina and received a scholarship to study at the Ecole Normale in Paris. I was the principal harpist for the Entre Rios Symphony Orchestra. I had been teaching at a college level in Argentina prior to coming to the USA. I am a certified Spanish teacher in NJ. I currently perform with the Sussex County Community Orchestra and play at weddings and events."

 

07871

Sparta, NJ

Debbie Brewin-Wilson

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate

Debbie teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. Debbie teaches Celtic and folk music, and music theory. She has been teaching since 1992.

"I love helping adult students pursue their dream of making music with the harp."

 

07928

Chatham, NJ
(New York, Philadelphia)

Aideen O'Donnell

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Aideen teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She teaches all levels of lever harp, and beginning to intermediate pedal harp. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Aideen teaches all music styles, specializing in classical and folk music. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, and theory classes for her students. She has a BA in Music and Voice, and studied with Leone Paulson and Mairin Ni Shea. She has been teaching since 1990.

 
Aideen O'Donnell

08043

Voorhees, NJ
(Philadelphia PA, Trenton NJ)

Kathy DeAngelo

Lever harp - all levels

Kathy teaches private 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. Kathy teaches Celtic music, and playing with other musicians. She has been teaching since 1986.

"I direct both the Somerset Folk Harp Festival and Harpers' Escape Weekend and my students have unparalleled access to harp artists traveling through the Philadelphia metro area. I teach music by ear."

 

08048

Lumberton, NJ
(Mount Laurel, Moorestown)

Mary Schafer

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(856) 816-6784 - Harpist3@aol.com

Mary teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype. She teaches all musical styles. She studied with Margarita Montanaro and Alice Chalifoux.

"Educating the southern New Jersey community since 1992. Many competition winners. Free introductory lesson."

 

08215

Galloway, NJ

Francis Hill-Tornese

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate

Francis 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. Francis teaches Celtic, folk, and early music, and Irish music for competitions. She has been teaching since 2000.

"I teach my beginning students to play by ear. This method emphasizes learning proper hand and finger position. The student learns where each note is and gains the skill to find that note quickly. "

 

08234

Egg Harbor Township, NJ
(Ocean City, Somers Point)

Stephanie M. Sussmeier

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Stephanie 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. Stephanie specializes in classical and Celtic music, and also teaches modern, pop, early, religious and therapy music. She offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She has a Bachelor's of Arts in Music degree, and has been teaching since 2004.

 

08540

Princeton, NJ
(Yardley PA, Newtown PA)

Robin Arioto Fickle

Lever and Renaissance harps - all levels
Pedal harp - beginning to intermediate

Robin teaches private lessons for children and adults at her private studio and has lever harps to rent to her students. No previous musical training is required. Robin specializes in Celtic, Medieval-Renaissance and Classical music and can offer students an excellent exposure to Traditional, meditative and religious music. She also teaches arranging and improvisation. Robin studied with JoAnn Turovsky, Suzanne Balderston, and Deborah Friou and has been teaching since 1989.

"I have taught harp for many years and am an experienced performer, composer, arranger and recording artist. I published 5 harp books of my arrangements of various genres of music, many never previously arranged for harp: Wedding Wishes, Christmas Jewels, Renaissance Gems and 2 books of Renaissance Songes."

 
Robin Arioto Fickle

Neighboring States

19056

Levittown, PA
(Trenton NJ, Bucks County)

Nan Beal

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate

Nan teaches lever harp private and group lessons for adults and seniors at her studio, and will travel to the home of local students. as well as through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Nan specializes in folk and healing/meditation music, and also teaches music theory and Celtic, country, and religious music. She studied with Edie Elkan and is a Certified Teacher Mentor and Certified Master Harp Therapist through the Bedside Harp program. She has been teaching since 2008.

" Lessons geared toward the level, ability and pace of adult students, with theory an integral part of the learning experience. Proficiency in playing by ear and reading music is gradually developed. Above all, lessons are approached with a sense of joy and healing for the adult learner."