As you think about your music goals, consider what a teacher can do for you:
Provide a foundation if you are brand new to the harp.
Verify the technique that you’ve already taught yourself.
Teach you a new technique or genre you can’t teach yourself.
Motivate you with the deadline of a lesson.
Move you off a music plateau.
Give you more ways to have fun and play better in general.
In the same way that you will want to get a harp that you like to play on, you’ll want to have a teacher that you enjoy learning from. Otherwise, where is the fun? This is your choice. It should be positive.
Top questions to ask potential teachers
Are you currently taking new students like me?
I want to play harp because [insert goals here]. Do you support teaching students to attain these goals?
How do you describe your teaching style and any method you use?
How frequently do you require me to take lessons?
What are your fees?
Do you rent harps or provide other assistance in getting a harp?
What else can you tell me about learning with you to help me decide if we are a good fit?
Most teachers will let you schedule an appointment to meet with them and try out the harp for free if you are brand new to the instrument. You should also be able to take a single lesson without making a commitment.