Teaching

Jacqueline is a dedicated teacher who works with students around the world. Students come to her with diverse goals: some are interested in preparing for auditions or performances, many are interested in building technique and playing at a higher level, and others are looking to begin their study of the harp.

Throughout her teaching, Jacqueline focuses on connecting with each student, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and charting a path forward that works both for them as an individual and also within the broader context of the classical music world. Jacqueline's teaching approach centers around building skills incrementally. She carefully selects repertoire to suit individual students and frequently uses her own pedagogical compositions, both music and exercises, to supplement existing repertoire.

Given her fascination with how people learn and her pedagogical approach, Jacqueline enjoys working with a variety of students from beginning through advanced levels. Jacqueline always seeks to meet students where they are and gently guide them to the next level, whether that's learning to read music as they begin to play the harp, or refining technical and musical skills in competition preparation.

Video of a high school student performing Rouet 

by Alphonse Hasselmans in a student recital. 

General Information

Lessons are offered Mondays through Thursdays in 30, 45, or 60 minute lengths for students ages five and up. Student recitals for interested students are offered several times a year, with various options for solo or ensemble performing.

In addition to in person lessons, Jacqueline began offering online lessons in 2013 for interested students. Given Jacqueline's long standing experience with teaching online, Jacqueline transitioned easily to teaching exclusively online due to the pandemic in March of 2020. As of June 2021, Jacqueline is offering both online and in person lessons. 

In person lessons are available for local students at Jacqueline's studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Three different size harps are available for lessons and limited harps are available to rent to students for at home practice.

Online lessons are offered through several platforms: Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. Students interested in studying virtually need to have a harp available at home for practice and lessons. 

Video of a middle school student performing

Solfeggietto by C. P. E. Bach in a student recital. 

About Jacqueline

Jacqueline holds a Master of Music in harp performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to teaching lessons for students privately, Jacqueline is on the faculties of the Baltimore School for the Arts, 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.

Various aspects of Jacqueline's career intersect with her teaching. As a composer, Jacqueline has written many works intended for students. A complete listing of all her publications on the Compositions page. Jacqueline also regularly posts harp performance, instructional and maintenance videos on her YouTube Channel.

More Information

Questions about Lessons and New to the Harp are both informative pages found on this website. Additionally please visit HarpInsideOut.com, a separate informational harp website maintained by Jacqueline, which provides videos and articles about a wealth of harp related topics. 

Jacqueline is happy to set up a free online trial lesson and answer any questions interested students might have, including information about rates and current availability. Please email her at: jpharp@jpharp.com