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Harp & Music Studio Annette Bjorling

Evanston, IL

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About Harp & Music Studio Annette Bjorling

Harpist Annette Bjorling offers private harp lessons and workshops in various styles of music, beginners through advanced, youngsters through adults.

Lesson duration is from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Weekly lessons are recommended (less frequently is possible, more as well).
Cost is depending on length, frequency and location.

Example: 45 min weekly lessons at Annette's studio are $50.

The harp studio is located in Evanston. Private harp lessons and ensemble classes are also available in the Chicago area and Northshore, Glenview, Skokie, Wilmette, etc.

Annette is an experienced teacher of both lever and pedal harp in various styles of music (classical, world music, etc,) improvisation and folk music, basics of music, theory, etc.

Rental harps are available for students who don't want to purchase an own instrument yet.

Also offered are bi-monthly harp circles - gatherings of harp students and friends - and annual public harp class recitals.

Annette's thoughts about teaching:

I like teaching a lot, and I like to share musical experiences with others.
My teaching style combines oral traditions (lots of listening) and classical techniques.
Improvisation and interpretation is important for me as well.
Music theory is a part of my teaching: especially harp students need to know about chords and rhythms.
Students might choose or specify a preferred teaching method - or get introduced to 'everything'.
I am open to all music styles. Besides classical music, I specialize in klezmer and other East European traditional music.
I am offering workshops for groups/ for special themes (like Jewish music) in and outside Chicago.

Contact Annette for more information, scheduling etc.

Location

Evanston, IL 60202

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  • 5/5 stars July 26, 2011

    Annette is a fabulous instructor. She's great with students of all ages as my ten year old is very comfortable with her. It's been a few years since she started seeing Annette. But I do recall that she was able to perform angelic sounding versions of Twinkle Twinkle after only a single lesson. Of course, now not only has her repertoire enlarged since but she's also become comfortable in group settings. Annette's students are not isolated into individualized sessions but are encouraged to participate in group ensembles known as "harp circles." Therefore, the pupil not only learns the technical aspects of a solo piece but also learns to really perform it along side one's peers.

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Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Try to schedule a first trial meeting - or have at least a phone conversation with the prospect teacher - so you can get an impression about personality, ability, teaching style, availabilities etc.
Think about some questions you'd like to ask her/him before meeting: about teaching experience, harp techniques, rental harps, help with purchasing your own harp, harp maintenance, etc etc.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Cost factors of renting or purchasing a harp. What harp styles exist, which ones are advisable to start with.
Which are good instruments to get and which to avoid!!!
Which music styles can be played on a harp (...any!! ;)
How important is it to practice? How much time does one need to invest?

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Basically all of the ones listed in both the paragraphs above :)
(but since your listing does not let me write a short answer, here they are again:
about teaching experience, teaching style, lesson availabilities, harp techniques, etc.;
about harp styles, models, sizes, cost factors; available rental harps, help with purchasing your own harp, harp maintenance, etc etc.
Which are good instruments to get and which to avoid!!!
Which music styles can be played on a harp (...any!! ;)
How important is it to practice? How much time does one need to invest?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Do I have the time to start a new instrument?
==> You should at least practice 10-15 minutes every day in the beginning, later 30-60 minutes. Lessons once a week.

Besides of time, can I afford it financially?
==> (Harp rental at least $50 per month, lessons about $50 per lesson. Purchasing a harp $1000 onwards.)

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