Jacqueline offers beginning through advanced harp lessons from ages five and up, Monday through Thursday, at her home studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Weekly lessons of 30, 45, or 60 minutes are offered. Most beginners, especially young children, begin with a 30-minute lesson and eventually increase their lesson time as their skill level and ability to focus increases. More experienced students or new students who wish to focus seriously on the harp, generally elect to take 45- or 60-minute lessons. There are three different sizes of harps available in the studio, two lever harps and one pedal harp, so that students do not need to bring a harp to their lessons.
There are no prior musical requirements for interested students. Music reading is easily incorporated into lessons as needed. Beginning lessons also include basic harp technique and beginning music theory. For intermediate or advanced students, lessons generally focus on learning classical harp repertoire, developing a solid harp technique, studying more advanced music theory, and ensemble, audition, or competition preparation, based on interest.
"It is rare to encounter a professional in any career path for whom that profession is so obviously a vocation, a perfect calling. For Jackie the harp is such a vocation. Jackie is a dedicated harp teacher, patient advisor, poised mentor and gifted performer.
Video of a high school student performing Rouet
by Alphonse Hasselmans in a student recital.
Given the sizable number of students in Jacqueline’s studio, there are several recital opportunities held throughout the year at a variety of local venues. For many of these recitals, students perform solo works for the harp. Generally one or two recitals a year also offer students the opportunity to perform together as a harp ensemble.
Many of Jacqueline's students are active performers in the Baltimore area and have performed with such ensemble programs as the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, the Chesapeake Youth Orchestras, the Harford Youth Orchestra, and the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Some students also choose to play with their school orchestra, or perhaps play duets with a friend or sibling. Jacqueline coaches students in these parts, and also frequently helps to arrange or write harp parts as necessary.
Students have also successfully auditioned for Maryland's All-State Orchestra, several of the Maryland All-County orchestras, and participated in Maryland's Solo and Ensemble Program. Some students pursue music in college, and have been accepted at such institutions as the Berklee College of Music, the University of the Arts, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Other students choose to pursue a major other than music in college, and have been involved lessons and ensembles in a variety of college music programs as a minor or non-major.
When it comes to finding an instrument, Jacqueline is happy to offer advice about all of the questions that come up: renting, purchasing, new, used, size, number of strings, and so on. Many students choose to begin by renting a harp for practice at home and Jacqueline has several rental harps as an option for interested students depending on availability. Harp maintenance, such as tuning or changing a broken string, is also incorporated into lessons as necessary.
Brand new students will find answers to many of their questions about instruments in New to the Harp. HarpInsideOut.com, an informational harp website maintained by Jacqueline, also provides a wealth of information.
Video of a middle school student performing
Solfeggietto by C. P. E. Bach in a student recital.
High school harp and violin duo performing
Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet
Jacqueline offers harp lessons over the internet, so that students can take lessons regardless of where they live. This works especially well for students who might live in an area with no harp teachers, students who would ordinarily have a long commute, or students who have been studying with Jacqueline but have moved away. Some students use the online option only occasionally, for instance, if there is bad weather and they’re unable to drive for their regular in-person lesson. In many ways, online lessons are similar to a face-to-face lesson. Jacqueline and the student meet online for a video call every week, and Jacqueline listens to and watches the student play and provides immediate feedback, just as she does in her studio.
Interested students simply need to set up their computer or device near their instrument and can use either Skype or FaceTime as a platform for the lessons, both of which access the camera, speaker, and microphone of the device. Although many students are intrigued by the possibility of online lessons, it can be difficult to imagine how this works in detail. Please contact Jacqueline with questions or simply to set up a trial online lesson.
In addition to maintaining a thriving private studio, Jacqueline is on the faculties of the Baltimore School for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp, a week-long summer day camp where students play in a harp ensemble, study music theory and history, and end the camp with a recital of solo and ensemble works. Jacqueline has over fifteen years of teaching experience and holds a Master of Music in harp performance and pedagogy (the art of teaching) from the Peabody Conservatory.
Looking for a harp teacher in the Baltimore area? Jacqueline would be happy to discuss the possibility of lessons, meet with you for a free trial lesson, or answer any questions you might have, such as rates and current availability.
Students performing at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall,