Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most common types of jobs I do for clients is teach them to play weddings and events and to compose music.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. The three most recent jobs I've completed were little concerts in small venues where it was fun to dialogue with the audience.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I would suggest planning to practice a little every day when the lessons start.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I can teach a student how to get a bridal party up and down the aisle for a wedding or how to play background music for a party.
Also I teach children to play children's songs.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. A consumer should be able to ask a professional, "Can you help me reach my goals such as to play a certain kind of music?"
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Probably they want to ask themselves why they want to play the harp because their dream will carry them through the process of learning.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Everybody is valuable with their individuality so everybody stands out like a candle that can light a whole room.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I like most about my job is helping people to discover the beautiful sound of the harp and the wonderful feel of the strings.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most commonly asked question, believe it or not, is "Can you play Stairway to Heaven or Proud Mary? I answer, "Sure."
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I was playing nightly in a downtown hotel. One day there was a note on my music stand from someone who had come to the hotel to kill him or herself and when they heard the harp music they changed their mind.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Playing harp is like a multi-dimensional journey through space and time that harmonizes mind and emotions.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I saw a lady playing a harp and it seemed very mysterious to hear so many complex sounds emerge from just strings pulled by hands.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. On every job people feel happy and calmed to hear and feel the sounds of the harp. It seems to have some sort of physiological effect.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Musicians love the adventure of learning many different kinds of tunes. Tunes are like friends.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Harps are about the same as 3,000 years ago in Egypt except that the Irish added a column to stabilize the structure and levers for sharps. The French added pedals.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Lately I've been working on adding more Beatles tunes to my repetoire. I also love singing Brazilian music, and all of that is just the cost of the music books.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. The first two lessons are 30 dollars a piece.
After that if you need to rent a harp, the lessons are 40 dollars and include the rental of a small harp plus a 300 dollar deposit. At that point lessons will be paid in groups of four for the month.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would suggest listening to your intuition, remembering that there is no rush, and enjoying the process.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength is sensing a person's personality and being aware of their learning style.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I am experimenting with playing the right hand like a left hand and the left hand like a right hand for a different perspective.