Harp Teachers Gathering

Harp Teachers Gathering

During the pandemic we enjoyed connecting with friends and customers throughout the world.  We attended meetings, lessons, conversations.  Our world became friendlier and larger.  So… we decided to start a series of “conversations” on harp teaching ideas. A gathering place for harp teachers, if you will.  We integrated a few other topics, but we’re putting them under the same heading for ease of organization.  Those meetings (still ongoing) are in chronological order below. Please join in the fun and learning.

October 9, 2023 at 3pm Central. Chicago Area Harpist Annette Bjorling demonstrates the use of Andres’ Friandises as a tool for harp teachers. Replay HERE.

January 25, 2024 – Building a Harp Camp Program with Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa and Therese Honey. Replay

September 14, 2023.  Christa Grix and Denise Grupp-Verbon present tips on fingering, memorization, and more.  The date is Thursday, September 14 at 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central. Link to REPLAY

August 7, 2023.  Fall Repertoire and Teaching with Creativity – presenters:  Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa and Tammy Kazmierczak. Replay.

July 6, 2023. Intermediate Repertoire presented by  Merynda Adams and Stephanie Bennett.  REPLAY

May 27, 2023 Harp Teachers Gathering.  Topic:  Lower Intermediate Repertoire. Presenters:  Robbin Gordon-Cartier, Julietta Rabens, Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa, Mary Muckle and Annette Bjorling.  REPLAY

October 10, 2022 – The Aging Harpist, presented by Mary Radspinner.  Contact Mary Radspinner for the replay.  (maryradspinner@gmail.com)

September 13, 2022  In The Mode with Karen Peterson, Verlene Schermer and Joanna Mell. Verlene and Joanna have a history of books on modes, and Karen presents her new book Enjoy the Modes


June 28, 2022 Cindy Horstman presents Fun with Arranging for the Harp.  REPLAY

June 20, 2022  The Gigging Harpist presented by Kim Perkins.  Excellent for those wanting to get back into gigging or start, or freshen up. REPLAY

November 11, 2021  Zoe Coppola presents her “Happy Harps” Method. REPLAY

October 13, 2021 Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher presents a detailed process for publishing from start to finish.  REPLAY

October 11, 2023 Kathleen Bride answers questions about teaching harp at all levels.  REPLAY

August 31, 2021  Angi Bemiss covers a huge about of material about copyrights and arrangements. REPLAY

August 10, 2021 – Stephanie Curcio presents a comprehensive dialog on her history as a teacher, methods, techniques, and much more. This a wonderfully all-encompassing presentation for all harp teachers. Stephanie’s book is an excellent companion to this video:  American Harpist  REPLAY

July 6, 2021 Writing for Ensembles with Anna Thormahlen Jenkins, Mary Muckle and Anna Dunwoodie.  Join these talented and very experienced teachers to learn more about writing and playing ensembles.  REPLAY

June 1, 2021  Our very first Harp Teachers Gathering presentation.  New Zealand’s Anna Dunwoodie shows up tips on hand position, practicing and repertoire.  She references repertoire that is not necessarily common to those in the US.  REPLAY

Robbin Gordon-Cartier and Mike Connors discuss the harp programs they have facilitated.  Questions by Kim Perkins.  Mary Radspinner, moderator.  REPLAY

Downloadable Product Information

Here at Melody’s we offer a wide array of music books and accessories.  In the music book category, you may have a choice between PDFs (or MP3s) and paper books. If there is a choice, you are required to click either the paper version or PDF version before you can put an item into your cart. There should be no shipping charge for download music.  If there are physical products in your cart at the same time, your total will reflect shipping for those physical items.

Products that are download only will have a narrow blue banner toward the top of the description.   Products that are only available as physical/paper will not have a choice for you to make in order to add to your cart, nor will they have the narrow blue banner signifying download only.

After you check out, you are directed back to your receipt where you can download your music. Also, you will receive an email thanking you for your order with links that will take you to your downloads. Please add melodytradmusic@gmail.com to your approved e-mail list. If you do not receive an e-mail within a few minutes after you place your order, check your spam folder.

If you created an account with us, you can also find your downloads by going to “My Account” and clicking on the “Downloads” link.  We highly recommend that you create an account so that you can refer to your order history whenever you want.

Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”. 

If you have a problem with your downloads, please contact us at MelodyTradMusic@gmail.com  for assistance. Because our website contains so many titles, on occasion we have overlooked uploading a PDF here or there.  When you notify us of this, we make the correction immediately.  Please note that downloads are not “returnable.”


Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”.  If you can’t find your PDF, look in your “downloads” folder first.  The title of the PDF may not match the title of the book, so you may want to change the title to what you will remember. After you have located your download, please either remember that it is in your “downloads” folder, or better yet, move it to another folder on your computer with a name that you will remember.

Your respect of the copyright laws will help support the musicians and arrangers who created this music, and will encourage more harp music to be produced in the future. Please do not make multiple copies to pass on to others. You can help keep downloadable harp music viable and available by encouraging your students, friends, and relatives to purchase their own copies. Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.


On our website, folkharp.com, we offer a wide selection of paper and download music. We were always in a quandary about publications having several parts, or that include sound files. After realizing that we can place multiple files into one folder and “zip” it up, we are now able to offer book + cd options.

What we do: sound files and the PDF book are placed into a folder and zipped. The zipped folder is inserted into the product on the back end of the web site.

What you receive: after you purchase, you receive a zipped folder. This is a folder that literally has a picture of a zipper on it, indicating there is more than one document in the folder.

What you do with it: Generally by double clicking on the folder, it automatically opens up. The challenge lies in whether or not you have a program that unzips these folders. If you do, it is as simple as double clicking and the contents are revealed. Alternately, you can right click on the folder, which brings up choices, one of which is “open with” – you then click on your unzip program.

If you don’t have a program to unzip your files you’ll have a challenge! Recently I bought a small laptop for my zoom lessons. This laptop did not come with winzip, or any other kind of program that unzips these folders. The computer kept wanting me to purchase winzip for $29.  I found another program that does a great job, and it is free. 7-zip unzips all my compressed (zipped) folders! It is open source and you can find out more here:https://www.7-zip.org/

We hope all this information is helpful to you.

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