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Duncan Ensemble Class - Wed. 1 pm
  • Duncan Ensemble Class - Wed. 1 pm
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I'm hoping this will go ahead this year, but under the following circumstances:

We will gather at St. Peter's hall. Though it will be additional rent to pay, it will easy to spread out widely, and leave the doors open if we can. They've just put a new and fancy air circulation/HVAC system in, so we should be good. Masks will be needed by all. I have a good mic system, so you should be able to hear me clearly.

Obviously not as convenient for me, but I want us to be able to meet both successfully and safely.

Class will begin at 1 pm - we can load in a bit earlier than that. You'll need to bring your harp and your stand and your music :), maybe some patience as well.

But is will be glorious to play together after so long!!!

If the pandemic worsens and we loose access to the hall, or we feel unsafe, we will suspend completely, and I will re-imburse you for any months that we don't rehearse. Please sign up if you're in - and let me know if you are not!

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Taize II
  • Taize II
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A second set of 6 Taize pieces to play on your harp. This will continue from the previous class, but is open to new registrants.

Music from Taize is a prayer and a chant, a meditation and a comfort - music for your soul. It mostly features short and repetitive pieces that are very sophisticated musically, and have a million different ways to play the same piece. This Sunday session (Pacific Daylight time) will serve church musicians with no church to play for just now, and anyone else who wants to be inspired by Berthier's marvelous works.

I'll be teaching by rote, by ear, with lead sheets, and by understanding and applying chords. I'm in the process of preparing a book of Taize music for the harp, so you'll get to experiment with my arrangements as well so you do not need any additional books.

However, for even more fun, you may find it advantageous to order the two source books I will be using, "Music from Taize volumes I and II Vocal editions". There are also Instrumental editions for each of these with valuable parts for many different instruments, most of which could be adapted for harp.

Long and McQuade has the nice spiral bound editions of Vol 1 and 2 listed on their website, and if you live near a Long and McQuade store you could pick it up and save yourself the shipping costs. (Great price as well)

The instrumental ones seem only to be available from the publisher, GIA Music.

Not sure if this is for you? - there is plenty of Taize music on Youtube - have a listen! or email me.

6 classes - 12:30 pm Pacific time Sundays

Dates: Sept 20, Oct. 4, 18, Nov 8, 22, Dec.6.

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On line and in-studio class  Beginner 2021
  • On line and in-studio class  Beginner 2021
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This class is for absolute beginners, or those who want to review their very beginner technique.

The fee is for 5 months of lessons, including 5 monthly live lessons, and video lessons every week between them. Access to the recordings any time for 6 months. Course materials (but not harps). Lessons begin Friday Jan 21 at 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

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Harp Start Pedagogy Level 1, September 2020
  • Harp Start Pedagogy Level 1, September 2020
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10 hours of classes over 10 sessions - Sept - May. Starts Tuesday Sept. 27th, 5:30 pm

If you are a harp teacher looking for new ideas, or a student or player looking to start teaching - this is your class! Many times students have reached a high level of performance, but "forget" how they got there. Marilyn's ideas are sometimes unique, but always focussed on good technique and excellent musicianship.

Most of the material used will be Marilyn's Harp Start Method book 1, with some supplementary material in addition.

This is a chance to equip yourself for a new career, and have all the materials at hand for your student's first year. There will be at least one assignment given for feedback, and lots of time to ask questions.

All lessons are live on-line, with recordings available for short-term study. If you are on Vancouver Island, it may be possible to attend in the studio - please inquire

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Extra Info about various new and old workshops


The new On-line and in-studio Beginner Class for 2020!  This is a new venture - be the first to try it out!

It works like this - you will have 5 months of lessons. Each month consists of a one-hour live lesson, either on-line, or in the studio. For the rest of the month, you will receive a new video lesson each week. Then we have another live lesson at the start of the 2nd month, and so on. You will have unlimited access to the video lessons and the recording of the live lessons till the end of the course. We wrap it up with a big group lesson at the end.

Lessons will be Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm pacific time. The cost will be $60 a month for 5 months or $300 total for all the lessons plus the book and learning materials you need.  If you live on Vancouver Island, I can provide rental harps at a modest cost. 

You can register in two ways:  monthly subscription - This gives you access to all the learning materials - at the end of the term you'll need to unsubscribe, or the one time $300 fee.  Choose below. If you live close and need a rental harp, please be in touch soon, as I don't have too many!

Completed -  Feldenkrais for Musicians - a 4 day workshop!

I am beyond excited to be hosting Alice Friedman who will teach a 4 day class of Awareness Through Movement lessons, chosen and organizied for harpists and other musicians. Alice is a practioner and teacher who has taught all over the world, and brings many years of expertise to help us all learn better ways to play.

In many ways, we are the instrument that plays the music - how we move our fingers, and elbows and arms, how we organize our eyes with our hands, how we breathe and hold ourselves at the harp have a great influence on the sound we make.  In this week of lessons, we'll learn all kinds of ways to organize ourselves so that we can move easily, stare less, and really hear what we are playing.

It is spring break week, so there are no regular lessons - a time to approach the harp from a position of lying around - who wouldn't like that!

The dates have altered a bit from the original plan - we are now running Monday and Tuesday in Duncan - 1 - 4:30 pm and 9:30 - 1 in Nanaimo on Thursday and Friday Mar 21 and 22.

This is one long workshop, but we are travelling in order to share the commuting with students in both places and in order to get good venues.

Though meant as a 4 day workshop, there will also be a two-day option for Monday and Tuesday only. But if you are at all familiar with Feldenkrais lessons you'll know how inspiring they are, and how great they make your body feel. There is limited room in the Nanaimo ensemble room, so register quickly to reserve a space for you!

Harp start Pedagogy Level 2 begins Jan 18th. You can find a list of materials you need  here. on the pedagogy page under workshops menu

Want to teach, but not sure how to start? Or are you an experienced teacher looking for new materials for beginners? Marilyn's students are known for their fine musicianship and great technique - here is how and where it begins. 

Class meets approx every 2 weeks from Jan 18th, 2019 to May 24, 2019  for 1 1/4hours. Classes are recorded so you can review and make notes later. There is a wealth of material to cover, continuing Bk 1 where we left off in Dec., and working in both bk and the Songbook with additional exercises and repertoire included.

If you are new to teaching, it is an ideal situation to find at least one student to practice on during the course!

Students are welcome to attend in-person in the Duncan Studio, but most students will be on-line. Interactions and questions work well for small classes using the Zoom platform.

It is recommended that you have taken a Level 1 course before doing level 2. Please email Marilyn if you need to "bend" this rule.

NOTE - as of JAN 17, the class is full  -   check back for the next run, likely in 2020


July 11 - 13, 2019  Feldenkrais Movement Lessons

Two sessions available - 9:30 - 12:30 for adults and 2:30 - 5 pm for teens and older youth

St. Peter Quamichan Church Hall.  Wear comfortable clothes, mats will be provided.  Some bursary funds are available for youth registrants - please email me to enquire.

Relax and learn - an enjoyable opportunity not to be missed!

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