Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania organized by zip code.

16832

Coburn, PA
(Philadelphia, State College)

Anne Sullivan

Lever harp - intermediate to professional
Pedal harp - intermediate to professional

Anne teaches private lessons for teens and adults at her studio and at the University of Delaware. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Anne teaches classical and orchestral music, as well as arranging and improvisation. She offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She has a Bachelor's of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music. She was on the Musical Studies Faculty at Curtis from 1982 - 2001.

"I believe you should be able to play the harp the way you want, and I dedicate my work with my students to helping them develop their technique, musicianship and repertoire to achieve their goals."

 
Anne Sullivan

17011

Camp Hill, PA
(Harrisburg, York)

Louis Lynch

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Louis teaches private lessons for children and adults at his studio. No previous musical training is required. He has lever harps for rent to his students. Louis teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and Celtic music. He offers recitals, harp ensembles, harp circles, and theory classes for his students. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees and a Regents Certification from Brooklyn Academy of Music. He studied with Elizabeth Asmus, and has been teaching since 1995.

 

17049

Mc Alisterville, PA
(Harrisburg, State College)

Ruth Hunter

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Ruth teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at Susquehanna University, Messiah College, Dickinson College, and Penn State University. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Ruth teaches classical, orchestral, modern and pop music, and offers recitals for her students. She has a Bachelor's in Harp Performance from Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester. She studied with Eileen Malone, Rebecca Flannery, Jude Mollenhauer and Marie Naugle, and has been teaching since 1990.

 

17329

Glenville, PA
(northern MD, southern PA)

Kris Snyder

Lever harp - all levels

Kris 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. Kris teaches all music styles, and offers harp ensembles and harp circles for her students. She also has an annual "Harp Camp" and newsletter. She is a Certified Music Practitioner, and has been teaching since 1995.

"No musical background is necessary. Minimum age of 8. Yes we will work hard to get you where you want to be with the harp, but we will also have fun!"

 
Kris Snyder

17397

Gettysburg, PA
(Harrisburg PA, Frederick, MD)

Sharon Knowles

Lever harp - all levels

Sharon teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as through Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom. She will also travel to the homes of local students.No previous musical training is required. Sharon specializes in improvisation and Celtic music, and also teaches arranging and composition, and folk, healing, and religious music. She offers recitals, theory classes, harp ensembles, and harp circles for her students. She has three years of study towards a music degree in theory and voice. She has studied with Judith Cummings, Mary MacMaster and Patsy Seddon, and has been teaching since 1990.

"I love teaching!"

 

17740

Jersey Shore, PA
(Williamsport)

Wendy McCormick

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
(570) 419-9303 - mccormick272@gmail.com

Wendy teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. Wendy teaches Celtic, healing, and meditation music. She has a harp circle for her students. She has a Bachelor's of Music with a music therapy major, and has been teaching since 2000.

"I am a board member of the Scottish Harp Society of America, and have been a student at the Ohio Scottish Arts School (OSAS) each summer for many years. I am a member of the Washington Area Folk Harp Society (WAFHS)."

 

17801

Sudbury, PA
(Lewisburg, Williamsport)

Sherri L. Trometter

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate

Sherri 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. Sherri specializes in improvisation and pop, Celtic, therapy, and religious music. She was a Music Minor, and studied with Louis Lynch and Ann Sullivan. She has been teaching since 2005.

"I work with the student and teach at their pace. Learning can be fun and my past students learned more while having fun. Proper technique and music theory is still stressed."

 

17821

Danville, PA

Julie Crystal

Lever and Paraguayan / South American harps - all levels

Julie teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio and at the Music Box and Vivace Music. She will travel to the homes of local students, and teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Julie teaches South American, classical, modern, folk, pop, and religious music. She teaches arranging and improvisation, and offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She also teaches piano and flute. Julie studied with Silvio Solis and Pedro Gaona. She teaches in Spanish or English, and has been teaching since the year 2000.

" I am a Paraguayan harpist trained by ear and a classical pianist trained at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. Prospective students may acquire a Paraguayan harp from a harp maker in NY or use another lever harp."

 

18062

Macungie, PA
(Allentown PA, Bethlehem PA)

Sarajane Williams

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Sarajane teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, at Planet Harp and Macungie Music Studios. No previous musical training is required. She has both lever harps and pedal harps for rent. Sarajane teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and Celtic music. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, and harp circles. She has a psychology degree with a music minor. She studied with Dorothy Knauss and Gloria Galante, and has been teaching since 1997.

"In addition to providing music instruction to harpists of all levels, I focus on ergonomics, good technique and psychological strategies that aid in the learning process. I've been performing solo and duo (with my husband, who's a classical guitarist) for 30 years. My compositions are available in print and CD. I've served as the publishing editor of "The Harp Therapy Journal" for 20 years."

 

18064

Nazareth, PA

Nora McGinnis

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(610) 759-0905 - njmcginnis@hotmail.com

Nora 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. She has been teaching since 1995.

 

18411

Scranton, PA
(Wilkes Barre PA, Binghampton NY)

Barbara Dexter

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(570) 586-4979 - jbdexter@ymail.com

Barbara 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. Barbara teaches all musical styles, and offers theory classes and harp ensembles for her students. She has been teaching since 1968.

 

18902

Doylestown, PA
(Philadelphia)

Darcy Fair

Lever harp - all levels
(215) 297-8851 - darcyfair@comcast.net

Darcy teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio. No previous musical training is required. Darcy specializes in Celtic music and arranging. She also teaches folk and early music and theory and musical analysis. She has a PhD in Folklore & Folklire (U of PA) with a specialty in ethnomusicology. She studied harp with Roslyn Briley and Carol Thompson, and Irish music with Billy McComiskey. She has been teaching since 1982.

"I teach people to play with their ears as well as with their eyes and their fingers (which is really the whole body). This includes people who don't read music as well as people who do read music."

 

18951

Quakertown, PA

Joanna Mell

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - beginning to intermediate

Joanna 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 lever harps for rent to her students. Joanna specializes in Celtic and therapy music, and also teaches arranging, composition, improvisation, and classical, folk, and religious music. She offers harp ensembles and harp circles for her students. She has taken graduate level music courses, and studied with Alison Simpson. She has been teaching since 1987.

"I teach the harp using a holistic approach - visual, aural, tactile, and imitative learning styles. My main focus is the student as a whole person and tailoring my teaching to their learning style. I love teaching and will do anything and everything possible to help a student succeed and play the harp with understanding and joy. I start with finding out the student's goals and use repertoire that they enjoy playing. I teach a good, classical technique with emphasis on relaxation at the harp."

 

18966

Southampton, PA
(Philadelphia PA, Trenton NJ)

Cheryl Cunningham

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(215) 355-3872 - cdcharp@aol.com - www.cdcharp.com

Cheryl teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at Cairn University. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Cheryl teaches classical, orchestral, pop, Celtic, folk, and religious music, and offers recitals for her students. She has Bachelor's degrees in Harp and Music Education and a Master's of Music in Harp. She studied with Susann McDonald and Peter E. Eagle, and has been teaching since 1980.

 

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."

 

19063

Media, PA

Mary Kay Mann

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate

Mary Kay 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. May Kay teaches classical, Celtic, and folk music, as well as composition, arranging, improvisation, and music theory. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education, and has been teaching since 2001.

"Adult students can learn to play with or without reading music - it's up to you!"

 

19067

Philadelphia, PA
(West Chester, Bucks County)

Gloria Galante

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Gloria teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at the West Chester University / CVPA and Community music program. She also teaches through Skype. Besides teaching lever and pedal harp, she also teaches South American harp. She requires that students have some piano background, or they take piano in addition with the beginning harp lessons. She has both lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Gloria teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical music and composition. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, harp circles, and theory classes for her students. She also advises for MHTP.org mentoring careers. Besides teaching in English, she also teaches in Spanish. She has BS and MM degrees and is a Certified Music Practitioner. She studied with Edna Phillips, Nicanor Zabaleta and Maria Rosa Vidal.

"The West Chester University / CVPA and Community program includes access to a practice room with a pedal harp."

 

19067

Yardley, PA
(Newtown PA, Princeton NJ)

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

19075

Philadelphia PA

Mindy Cutcher

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Mindy 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. Mindy teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She holds recitals for her students. She has a Bachelor's of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and has been teaching since 1997. She studied with Alice Chalifoux and Eileen Mason.

"I am classically trained in the Salzedo technique, but I teach every genre of music. Students learn the correct way, but I make lessons fun and stress-free."

 

19103

Philadelphia, PA
(Baltimore, Wilmington)

Saul Davis Zlatkovski

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(215) 563-4848 - harpphila@gmail.com

Saul teaches private lessons for children and adults at his studio, at a college, and at the homes of local students. He also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. He has lever harps for rent to his students. Saul teaches all musical styles, as well as composition, arranging, improvisation, music theory, and voice. He offers recitals, harp ensembles, and harp circles. He studied with Lucile Lawrence, Alice Chalifoux, and Lynne Aspnes, and has Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Music degrees. He has been teaching since 1980.

"I teach students to play musically and artistically, step by step. I make playing simple and effective."

 

19401

Norristown, PA
(Bryn Mawr)

Candace Lark

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Candace teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio and at schools. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, harp circles and theory classes for her students. She has a Music Education and Performance Degree. She won a Grandjany Award, ABRSM certificates level 5, 6, & 7, and took 4th place in the NAACP Nationals. She studied with Mary Anne Copa, Elizabeth Hainen and Anne Sullivan. Candace has been teaching since 1999.

 

Neighboring States

12701

Monticello, NY

Jan Hirsch

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
Pedal harp - beginning

Jan teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, and also at the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. Jan specializes in religious and therapy music, as well as arranging and improvisation. She is a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and a graduate of the IHTP program. She studied with Elizabeth Panzer, Christina Tourin, and Deborah Henson-Conant, and has been teaching since 1997.

"I used the harp in my own healing journey when I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 1997. I specialize in teaching the harp to adults coping with illnesses such as breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Creative harping and joy are the goals of my teaching sessions."

Jan Hirsch

19716

Newark, DE
(Coburn PA, Philadelphia PA, State College PA)

Anne Sullivan

Lever harp - intermediate to professional
Pedal harp - intermediate to professional

Anne teaches private lessons for teens and adults at her studio and at the University of Delaware. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Anne teaches classical and orchestral music, as well as arranging and improvisation. She offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She has a Bachelor's of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music. She was on the Musical Studies Faculty at Curtis from 1982 - 2001.

"I believe you should be able to play the harp the way you want, and I dedicate my work with my students to helping them develop their technique, musicianship and repertoire to achieve their goals."

Anne Sullivan