Harp Lessons

with Josh Layne


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I'm fascinated by how learning happens, and I love the challenge of teaching.  My Harp Tuesday video series grew out of a desire to share some of my thoughts about playing the harp.

I offer lessons, both in person at my home in Victoria, BC and all over the world via Skype. I work with a wide variety of skills levels and ages, lever and pedal harps. I try to support each student in whatever goals they have! My Harp Tuesday episodes should give you a good idea of my teaching style.

Rates:

$36 Canadian for a half hour lesson and $63 (CND) for an hour.

Email me for availability or if you have any questions!


Student info:


Cancellation policy (in-person or Skype):

24 hour notice required (except for illness)

If you need to cancel a lesson, please let me know as soon as possible! Part of booking a lesson is reserving that time slot. I charge full price for lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

In-person lessons, things to know:

Please park on the street.

If you arrive early you may need to wait in your car - I don't have a waiting room and may be teaching or otherwise unable to let you in. I try to start and end my lessons on time :)

Please take your shoes off in the entryway.

Scent free zone! Please refrain from wearing perfume or strong scents.

Harps: I have pedal and lever harps available to use for our lesson, though of course you're welcome to bring your own harp.

Payment: Cheque, cash or etransfer are all accepted. Generally I just do payment on a lesson by lesson basis, but you're welcome to pre-pay for a "block" of lessons. If your plans change, I will refund any unused prepaid lessons.



Skype Lessons


I offer lessons over the internet, using video chat software, generally Skype.  It can seem weird at first, but it actually works quite well, and you soon forget you're not in the same room.  It's not always perfect, but it's a lot easier than physically traveling to Victoria! 

What do you need for Skype lessons?

A computer and web camera (webcam).  Most modern laptops come with a built-in webcam.  Desktop computers will need an external webcam, which might cost anywhere from $20-$100. 

A reasonable internet connection.  Video chat requires not just a good download speed, but also a good upload speed (sending data from your computer over the internet).  You can try testing with a friend or two to check what your connection is like.

Video chat softwareSkype is free, works well, and is available for both Mac and PC.

And that's it!  I would also suggest using headphones/ear buds on one ear rather than speakers.  If you find yourself doing a lot of "Skyping" you might end up upgrading your webcam and/or getting a separate USB microphone for better quality.

Payment: I use Paypal for payment - I'll send you a Paypal invoice which you'll be able to pay with any major credit card or with a Paypal account. (Note that for Skype lessons within Canada I prefer to use etransfers instead).