Marilyn Rummel - Harpist and Teacher - Vancouver Island and Beyond!

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Marilyn teaches harp to children and adults from Nanoose to Mill Bay, from the Nanaimo Conservatory to her home studio in Duncan in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, Come and learn to play harp!

New Beginner Group Class in Nanaimo 

Happy to say that I've worked a new beginner class into the schedule for this April and May. There will be 5 classes over 6 weeks (no class on May 4, I think).  6:30 7:15 with time before for tuning and set-up, so come at 6:15 if you can. Cost will be $99 plus registration, book fee, and possibly harp rental. If you already have a binder/book package, a harp and are a current conservatory student, it will be $99 total. Otherwise, the extra costs apply. 

The class assumes complete beginners, but sometimes…Read more

Show snow snow 

It's been quite crazy here for 3 days watching the snow turn to rain turn to snow turn to rain, but I know some of you have had non-stop whiteness. Be safe!

I'll update this regularly through the day - so stay tuned if you want the latest.

Monday - Skype lessons all day.  find me on skype at harp canada.
Tuesday -  ?
Wednesday - ?
Thursday - ?

Monday - BC day - no regular lessons, but I'm thinking it will be a free make-up day, and workshop. I'll figure out how to do that as we see what happens over the week.


Wine and Chocolate and Music - Feb. 4th 

This is a chance for all adult music students to celebrate music and learning, whether by performing, or enjoying, or both! The event is an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association, and will feature adult students of music from across the valley and beyond. Beginners to accomplished will share their music in short selections, with a silent auction, a draw for a free lesson, and music galore by donation.  And did I mention the chocolate fountain???

St. Peter Quamichan Church hall is the…Read more

New Beginner Group Class 

Starts this Wed. Jan 18 - March15th.  1:45 2:30  8 sessions, (no class Feb. 22)  $150.00   This class is for beginner level work, and will be group version of private lessons, with the fun of sharing the learning, and being able to play multiple parts at once!  And enjoyable and challenging follow-up to the Beginner immersion we held last month. Register through the website or by emailing Marilyn through the contact page.

The Ass and the Lyre - or the goat and the ass and the harp 

Katrina asked me last week where I go the image of the goat and the ass playing the harp that I've used on this website. My answer, I'm sorry to say, was that I don't remember. I have quite a big collection of images medieval animals playing the harp - many scooped off the internet, but others that I've photographed when visiting medieval structures in Europe. I just chose this one because I liked it at the moment. It is from some psalter (a book of the psalms) - and I will try to look it up in the next…Read more

Immerse yourself in a new year's Harp Bath! 

A beginner immersion workshop Jan 5 and 6, 2017 at Marilyn's Duncan studio is up next. This is for those who have never played the harp, or who want to review beginner techniques. It will be a small class, and plenty of fun without stress. There have been several people looking for beginner lessons in the past couple of months and while I work on a new schedule to accommodate them I want to get people started.  Please dive in - Thursday and Friday of the first week in January! You can register by going to…Read more

Wonderful crowd at harp day Saturday! 

Thanks to all who attended the big harp day workshop yesterday. It was enjoyable, if exhausting, for your instructor and the feedback I've received has been most encouraging of more of the same.  One person has asked about bringing it to Vancouver. This is a good possibility, though perhaps a bit late to organize. On the other hand there is so much prep time on my end for these workshops, and now that is done, so I'd be very open to hearing if anyone wanted to host an event in the lower mainland. Maybe the…

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Joy to the World for Harp Day 

For anyone wanting some written parts for Joy to the world for Harp Day, here they are: (and also on the download page, I hope)  pick your level. These will be at the workshop, and more besides, but in case you want to head start:

Very Beginners - I'll give you a part at the workshop
Beginners - use your harpstart bk 1 - or here it is again
harp 2, 3, 4, parts from the published Demand Music 4 harp version will work (will be at the workshop if you need it - review either of the others is you want to know…Read more

harp day registration and Music 

I've posted some of the music for the Nov. 5 Harp Day - specifically the parts for Infant Holy which we'll work on.  This should be an enjoyable review for anyone who worked on it last year, and a chance to explore this beautiful music for those who did not.  The arrangement is the same as I gave my weekly students last Xmas.  If you didn't get one, the parts are downloadable here  (there are those reading this who live too far away to attend - help yourself to the music!)

We'll be working on bell scales as…Read more

Congrats to the Gold Medalists 

Three of my students have earned gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music, for receiving the top mark in the province for their level and discipline. They are:

Hayely Farenholtz - Level 10!!!
Susan Hoeffer - Level 2 (Manitoba)
Lesley Hartford - Level 2 (BC)

The ceremony is Sun. Nov. 6, and I hope to have photos of the winners and their medals after that.

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