Virginia 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 Virginia organized by zip code.

20111

Manassas, VA
(Metro Washington DC)

Brian Stevenson

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Brain teaches private lessons for children and adults at his studio. He will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. He has lever harps for rent to his students. Brian teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical music. He offers a harp ensemble for his students. He has a BS in Music Performance, and is a hospital certified harp therapy practitioner. He has been teaching since 2006.

 

22042

Falls Church, VA

Elizabeth Blakeslee

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
Pedal harp - all levels

Elizabeth teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at George Mason University. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Elizabeth teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She offers recitals, competitions, master classes and skills evaluations. She has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music and has NCTM (MTNA) certification. She has been teaching since 1977.

"I am the second harpist in the National Symphony Orchestra."

 

22043

Falls Church, VA
(Washington DC)

Melissa Tardiff Dvorak

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Melissa teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as at a college. She also teaches through Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom. No previous musical training is required. She has both lever harps and pedal harps for rent to her students. Melissa teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical music. She offers recitals for her students. She has Masters of Music in harp performance, and Bachelors of Music in harp performance from Peabody. She has certifications from Suzuki and traditional approaches, and has been teaching since 1999. She has studied with Alice Chalifoux.

 
Melissa Tardiff Dvorak

22046

W Falls Church, VA
(Washington DC)

Monika Vasey Rhodes

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Monika teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio and at a grammar school. She also teaches through Skype. No previous musical training is required. Monika teaches all music styles, specializing in pop, classical and orchestral music. She offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. She has Bachelors degrees in Harp Performance and Music Education, and a Masters degree in Music Education. She is a graduate of Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and has been teaching since 2004.

"I work with students of all ages and abilities, and I tailor musical study to each student's goals and interests."

 
Monika Vasey Rhodes

22192

Woodbridge VA

David Crookston

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

David teaches private lessons for children and adults at his studio. He will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. He has both lever harps and pedal harps for rent to his students. David teaches all musical styles, and offers recitals, harp ensembles, and theory classes. He has an AAA in Harp Performance, and Grade 6 of the ABRSM with distinction. He has been teaching since 1998.

 

22315

Alexandria, VA
(Southern MD, Washington DC)

Jen Narkevicius

Lever harp - all levels

Jen teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio. She teaches through Skype, FaceTime and Zoom, Messenger Rooms, Google Meet/Duo, WebEx, and other formats as they become available. No previous musical training is required. Jen specializes in Celtic music, and also teaches arranging, improvisation and therapy music. She has an MS degree in Gifted and Talented Education, and has been teaching since 2005.

"Learn in a warm, friendly, flexible environment focused on your goals and expectations, limitations and strengths."

 

22401

Fredericksburg, VA

Grace Bauson

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Grace teaches private lessons for children and adults at the University of Mary Washington and in Odenton, Maryland. No previous musical training is required. Grace teaches all music styles, specializing in classical music, and offers recitals for her students. She has a Doctor of Arts from Ball State University, and a Masters of Music from the University of Toronto. She studied with Elizabeth Richter, Judy Loman and Lucile Lawrence, and has been teaching since 2005.

 
Grace Bauson

22401

Fredericksburg, VA

Mary Triola

Triple-strung harp - all levels
(540) 538-1494 - marytriola@yahoo.com

Mary teaches Welsh Triple Harp in her home studio and through Skype. Students must have their own triple harp and have some experience with playing at least a single course harp. Mary has a Bachelors degree with a major in music, and has studied with Jeanne Chalifoux and Lisa Gray McKeachie. She has been teaching since 1986.

"I am interested in teaching according to what each student desires to do with the harp -- from those with professional aspirations to those who desire harp for enjoyment or even therapy."

 

22630

Front Royal, VA
(Winchester)

John Kovac

Paraguayan and South American harps - all levels

John 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. John teaches all musical styles, and offers recitals. He teaches in both English and Spanish, and has been teaching since 1988. John is also a harp maker.

"My specialty is teaching to play by ear."

 

22844

New Market, VA

Laura Hoffman

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Laura teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio or via Skype, Duo, Zoom, or FaceTime. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps and pedal harps available for her students to rent. Laura enjoys teaching classical, orchestral, and sacred music. She offers recitals and a harp circle for her students and virtual recitals if necessary. Ella habla Espanol. She has a Masters of Music in harp performance, and 20+ years as a Kindermusik instructor. Laura has been teaching harp since the early 90's and she understands the pedagogical processes involved in learning the instrument.

"I look forward to meeting you and helping you realize your dream to play the harp."

 

22902

Charlottesville, VA

Brenda Bowen Cox

Lever and double-strung harps - all levels
(479) 445-0240 - bbmusician@gmail.com

Brenda teaches private and group lessons for all ages at her studio. Long distance learning is also available through Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. No previous musical training is required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Brenda teaches all learning styles and genres of music, specializing in Celtic music, therapeutic music, theory and arranging. She has degrees in Music Education, Education, and Audiology. She is a Certified Music Practitioner, and has been teaching since 1992. She studied with Elaine Cook, Maire ni Chathasaigh and Deborah Henson-Conant.

"I can work with those who have "exceptionalities" such as arthritic hands, etc. As my Suzuki training stated, every person can."

 

23188

Williamsburg, VA

Jaclyn Wappel

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(817) 937-6674 - jaclyn.wappel@gmail.com

Jaclyn teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio, at the homes of local students and also through Skype. No previous musical training is required. She has pedal harps for rent to her students. Jaclyn teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She also teaches arranging and improvisation, and offers harp ensembles and recitals. Jaclyn studied with Elizabeth Richter and has a Bachelor of Arts in Harp Performance and a Master of Music in Harp Performance. Jaclyn graduated with her Doctor of Arts Degree in Harp Performance in July of 2016. She has been teaching since 2003.

"Teaching and sharing the joy of the harp is more than simply imparting the mechanics of the instrument and perfecting notes, rhythm, and phrasing. After 10 years of national and international teaching experience with beginner to advanced students ranging in age from 3 to 76 years, it is apparent to me that anyone with the right amount of desire and passion to learn, can play the harp. Each student brings their own personality and talent to the harp and it is therefore my ultimate goal to nurture and cultivate this uniqueness in every lesson and in every performance experience."

 

23509

Norfolk, VA
(Virginia Beach, Chesapeake)

Elisa Dickon

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(757) 470-7486 - Eldickon@cox.net

Elisa 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, and she offers beginning piano for her youngest students. Elisa specializes in classical and orchestral music, and also teaches composition, arranging, improvisation, and modern, pop, Celtic, and folk music. She offers recitals and harp ensembles. She has Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in Harp with a minor in Theory. She studied with LaVerne Peterson, Carlos Salzedo, and Alice Chalifoux, and has been teaching since 1967.

 

23518

Norfolk, VA
(Virginia Beach, Newport News)

Mary M. Jones

Lever and wire-strung harps - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels
(757) 925-1435 - harp@exis.net

Mary teaches private and group lessons for children and adults at her studio. She will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. Mary teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and pop music. She also offers theory classes. She has Bachelors of Music in harp performance.

 

23805

Richmond, VA

Colleen Potter Thorburn

Lever harp - beginning to intermediate
Pedal harp - all levels

Colleen teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as at Virginia Harp Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Liberty University. She will also travel to the homes of local students. No previous musical training is required. She has pedal harps for rent to her students. Colleen teaches classical, orchestral, modern, pop, jazz, Celtic, folk, and religious music, as well as arranging and music theory. She offers recitals and harp ensembles. She studied with Ann Yeung, June Han, Laura Hearne, and has DMA, MMA, MM, and BM degrees. Colleen has been teaching since 2004.

 

24012

Roanoke, VA

Rachel Lee Hall

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Rachel teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio, as well as at the homes of local students. Piano background is suggested, but not required. She has lever harps for rent to her students. Rachel teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and orchestral music. She also teaches music theory and Eurhythmics, and offers recitals and harp ensembles for her students. Rachel studied with Yolanda Kondonassis and Anastasia Jellison, and has BM and MM degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music. Rachel has been teaching since 2007.

"My teaching method is based on the style of Carlos Salzedo, who promoted a healthy technique and a strong, rich sound. My approach to teaching is based on cultivating a strong technique, music theory knowledge, rhythmic proficiency, and performance confidence in each student through a series of graded repertoire. I understand that each student is unique, so my lesson plans are personalized to each student's needs and interests."

 

24019

Roanoke, VA
(Blacksburg, Salem)

Kirsten Carrell Osborne

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Kirsten 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. Kirsten teaches all musical styles, specializing in classical and therapy music. She offers recitals, harp ensembles, and theory classes. She has Bachelors of Music from Indiana University, and studied with Jacqueline Bartlett and Susann McDonald. She has been teaching since 2007.

"I have over 15 years of professional experience both playing and teaching. I welcome students of all ages and levels of experience. If you do not already have a harp, I have rentals available."

 

24502

Lynchburg, VA

Hannah DeLadurantey White

Lever harp - all levels
Pedal harp - all levels

Hannah teaches private lessons for children and adults at her studio and at a music store. She will travel to the homes of local students, and also teaches 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. Hannah teaches classical, orchestral, Celtic and religious music, and offers recitals for her students. She has studied with Heidi O'Gara, Kerstin Allvin, Rachel Ferris, Bonnie Goodrich and Dr. Louisa Woodson. She has been teaching since 2004.

"I use the Salzedo Method, though I can modify it for the needs of a specific student. I focus on technique, musicality, relaxation and cultivating a love of music."