Violetta is now offering harp lessons both privately in Inwood or at the Turtle Bay Music School, to register please visit their website at http://tbms.org/
Violetta teaches harp lessons in NYC. She maintains a private studio in Inwood, Manhattan where she teaches harp lessons at her apartment, at the Turtle Bay Music School in Murray Hilll, or travels to her students homes. She is comfortable teaching almost all styles to students of all ages at beginning to advanced levels.
Turtle Bay Music School
330 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Violetta believes in building a healthy technique from the start, so that her students can play anything they want the way that they want without fear of injury. Her technique comes out of the french style of Isabelle Moretti with an emphasis on body alignment, relaxation, and freedom of the fingers. She tailors each lesson to the individual needs of her students and is comfortable teaching almost any style to all ages. Violetta makes sure to give each of her students the space to improvise and compose as well as teaching them the fundamentals of music theory, ear training, and the repertoire they wish to master. She emphasizes fun and creativity during harp lessons while making sure her students come out of each harp lesson feeling they’ve learned something new. Violetta easily adapts to the teaching style that her students need, based on their interests and goals, she can provider a stricter environment or keep lessons laid-back.
Why learn to play the harp?
Numerous studies show that listening to music effects the brain like no other activity, firing up every part. Actually producing the music yourself by playing an instrument multiplies this activity tenfold. In children, it is indicated that cultivating these musical skills strengthens the bond between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Learning to make music at any age can help you excel in any field, far beyond the instrument itself.
In addition to this, learning how to play an instrument develops self-discipline, focus, emotional intelligence, analytical processing, confidence, and self-reflection in musicians of all ages. The harp is particularly unique, as one of the only instruments where the sound is created directly from the contact of your finger to the string vs. a bow on a cello or hammers in a piano. The harpist can quickly create a strong relationship with their instrument. The independence of each hand sometimes coupled with moving pedals with their feet makes harpists excellent multi-taskers.
The harp is often described as transportive, and music therapy studies have demonstrated “increased relaxation, improvement in sleep, decreased pain and anxiety, stabilization of vital signs, and improvement in mood” in patients. This same sense of calm can be felt by the harpist themself, both in connecting with others and on their own. (see: http://www.harptherapyjournal.com/what-is-harp-therapy.html).
The harp has so many diverse abilities, from therapy to jazz improvisation, from the orchestra to the band (like Florence and the Machine), from irish jams to the solo recital. Beginning to understand this instrument can open so many doors.
To further explore the science of how listening to and playing music effects our brain, check out these videos from Ted-Ed and Wired.