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.

NOTE: due to Covid-19, at this time I am ONLY teaching via Skype/Zoom, etc. and not offering in-person lessons.


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:

$38 Canadian for a half hour lesson and $67 (CND) for an hour.

Email me for availability or if you have any questions!

Student info:

Payment and Cancellation policy- Paypal, cheque, cash or etransfer are all accepted. Payment for the upcoming month's lesson required, payable at the last lesson of each month.

Part of booking a lesson is reserving that time slot. Cancellations are disruptive and to be avoided if at all possible, but I know sometimes things come up. If you do need to cancel a lesson, please let me know as soon as possible!  I charge full price for lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice (except in case of illness).

Payment for lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice will be rolled into next month (or refunded if you're taking a break/stopping lessons). Similarly, if I have to cancel a lesson for any reason, that payment will carry over into next month.

While 24 hours is the cutoff before I start charging for a cancelled lesson, I really want as much lead time as possible:

3 or more weeks notice - perfect, I can't ask for anything more!

1 week's notice - i.e. letting me know at your lesson that you can't make next week's lesson - acceptable, though not ideal.

Less than a week's notice - less than ideal and to be avoided if at all possible.

Less 24 hours notice (except in case of illness) - full charge for that lesson.

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.

NEW! Coaching sessions now available

Not looking for regular lessons but interested in having a coaching session with me? Check out the details here.

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).