Stephen performs the intricate, beguiling Debussy score on both pedal & lever harps
Private lessons strengthen our connection to the strings and the music. Studying harp begins when the desire meets the opportunity. This moment happened for Stephen when he was 10 years old. His lifetime of experience as orchestral, solo, commercial and chamber-music harpist infuse his teaching style. Whatever your age, making music on this mysterious instrument is
a joy not be missed.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced students solidly benefit from the curriculum based on Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (more info click ABRSM). Annual testing with Phoenix Chapter of American Harp Society help harpists gauge their progress and to radiate confidence. Whatever your age and level,
Stephen will support and
gently challenge your progress.
Performing with other harpists instantly increases each student's progress. Custom arrangements are geared to the individual's ability. From Classical (Claude Debussy's Petite Suite) to film scores (John William's Star Wars. Performance opportunities are regularly offered which include student recitals, community service events, ABRSM exams and competitions. Each student sets the trajectory, comfortable to their own vision and goals.
Lessons with Stephen include custom-built original music and arrangements of desired music. 'A Redwood Voice' was presented by ASU Harp Ensemble in April 2017. Written as a meditation to the giant Sequoia trees, the collaborative project gave the students a close encounter with the electric Lyon & Healy Silhouette lever harp. Whether a focused etude to improve pedal work or an arrangement of your favorite song, Stephen will customize the private lessons to increase your enjoyment.
"“Each student can feel great about where they are on their journey. Students are inspired, given encouragement to soar with their own talents and at their own pace. Above all, taking a lesson with you is not just a harp lesson, it is also learning skills to benefit one through his or her life.” DL, Phoenix
"I have the privilege to spend each week with you. I'm continually blown away by what an outstanding teacher you are in addition to your stellar performing skills!" CM, Phoenix