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Oct 21, 2014

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Got College Auditions? What You Need to Know (and the rest of us do too!)

Oct 19, 2014



It’s October, the time of year when upcoming college auditions are weighing heavily on the hearts of music students. It’s a stressful time with so many questions that seem impossible to answer and so much preparation to be done. I routinely give my students four points to remember to guide...

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Don’t Be a Grumpy Musician! The 7 Steps to Staying Happy

Oct 13, 2014

As the weeks rush toward the busy holiday season, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. So many performances, so much music to learn, so little time to relax. At times like this it’s easy to feel…well, grumpy.

But feeling grumpy does not help you make beautiful music.

So before the grumpiness takes hold, take action. Follow these seven steps, and enjoy the busy...

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Harp Mastery Insider Test

Oct 08, 2014

Harp Mastery Insider Test

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Three German Carols

Oct 08, 2014

Three German Carols arranged for harp by Anne Sullivan

Designed with a harpist’s busy December in mind! The carols are short (and NO lever or pedal changes!) but they can easily be played as a set if you need something longer.

These carols are ideal for students. My students are often so busy that it is hard to think of adding holiday music to their practice load. But these carols make it...

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Carol Bundle

Oct 08, 2014

Want the English AND the German Carol sets? Purchase the bundle for only $15 – that’s almost a 25% savings! Why not???

$15.00 – Purchase

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Oct 06, 2014

Away in a Manger

Two Famous Tunes

Arranged for lever or pedal harp by Anne Sullivan

Like many Christmas carols, the text to “Away in a Manger” has been set to music by multiple composers. These two famous tunes are often identified as “the English one” and “the German one,” but interestingly both were written by American composers.

William Kirkpatrick, a...

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Are You “Built” for Your Instrument?

Sep 29, 2014

Here’s a challenge Sherlock Holmes would enjoy:

Take the members of a professional orchestra. Put them in civilian clothes, no tails or black gowns. Line them up. Now try to guess which instrument each plays. There are the telltale calluses, marks, fingernails, etc., that you could use to identify the masters of particular instruments. But aside from those features, the stereotypical...

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Left Hand Master Technique

Sep 21, 2014

If your left hand slows you down when the chords show up, then this video is for you. Work through these patterns and watch the transformation in your sightreading and music learning. And it will help your improvisation too!

And you can receive your own copy of a PDF of the exercises I demonstrate here by subscribing to Harpmastery. Just click the link below!

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Maybe Your Music ISN’T Romantic

Sep 14, 2014

         Franz Liszt, 1858

When is music big-R “Romantic” and when is it only little-r “romantic?”

Much harp music sounds “romantic” in the little-r sense of the word: beautiful, lush, expressive. But in musical academia, big-R “Romantic music” is something more. And since we play so much music that is little-r and big-R...

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