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Cox Bay arranging retreat
  • Cox Bay arranging retreat
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Sorry - sold out, but there may be another in March - stay tuned! We return to the far west coast of the Island for a 3 day workshop on the topic of making an arrangement. We'll have some exercises, some theory, lots of examples, but much of the time will be spent on one piece you each bring to work on to make your own. Classes will be helped at Cox Bay Beach Resort, and I've arranged special rates for students. See the main page listing (linked below) for more info.

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Duncan Ensemble Class, 2021- Wed. 1 pm
  • Duncan Ensemble Class, 2021- Wed. 1 pm
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St. Peter's Hall - Bring your harp, stand, music and chair if you don't want to use the ones there. If you've paid for last year use the ticket below and pay just $50. If the guidelines say mask, we will, or if you feel more comfortable that way, please do.

Class will begin at 1 pm - we can load in a bit earlier than that, so you can be tuned and ready to go at 1 pm. We'll go to 2:15 or sometimes a bit later.

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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On line Beginner Group starts Sept 22
  • On line Beginner Group starts Sept 22
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This is an on-line class, combining video lesson and Zoom meet-ups for individual help, questions, and review. It is based on a subscription of 12 months to get you going, though you could cancel at any time if it is not meeting your needs. You can also make a one time payment. This button is for INFO ONLY - FEES to Come

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Harp Start Pedagogy Level 1, September 2021
  • Harp Start Pedagogy Level 1, September 2021
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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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Marilyn is available to teach workshops just about anywhere if the booking is early enough! She taught adults and youth in China last summer, and her students had a wonderful learning experience by all accounts!

"I love these harp day workshops - you're inspiring and comfortable, and I leave energized

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