TEACHING THE HARP: Janice Ortega, Harpist & Harp Teacher

If you need a harp teacher, I hope that you will consider me. 

TEACHING: QUALIFICATIONS

  • I have 40 years of teaching experience with private students and their families, as a music faculty member of Bay Area universities, colleges, youth orchestras, and school of the arts high schools.

  • I was fortunate to have great harp teachers, and I want to continue their legacy with my students.

  • Education

    • Master of Music in Performance (Harp) from Indiana University.

    • Artist Diploma (Harp Performance), Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands.

    • Harp Performance, Aspen Music School on a multi-year scholarship.

    • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Music (Harp), California State University East Bay.

TEACHING: WHAT TO EXPECT

  • My studios are in San Francisco, on the Peninsula, and in the East Bay,.

  • I teach all aspects of harp technique along with a general knowledge of music.

  • I teach classical harp repertoire as well as Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Pop, and orchestral training.

  • My teaching includes music theory, ear training, sight reading, improvisation, and arranging music for the harp.

  • Each lesson includes harp solos, technical exercises (etudes), and an overview of music concepts as it applies to each lesson.

  • Together we work toward short and long-term goals with an emphasis on musical expression, technique, rhythm, in a creative process.

  • My students learn to read charts (theory of chordal harmony), sight read, play by ear, and adapt all types of music to the harp (arranging).

  • My students have the option to perform as soloists and in ensembles with other students. Many go on to perform in youth orchestras and in chamber music ensembles.

TEACHING: ABOUT MY STUDENTS

  • I teach students of all ages and experience in my 3 studios, student homes, and remotely on Zoom.

  • Private students range in age from pre-school to seniors.

  • My students range in ability from beginners to the harp to advanced professional harpists. 

  • I have several different sizes and models of harps for rent, including both pedal and lever harps.

  • I provide small harps that are designed for the small size of pre-school students.