My history with harp:
My life after taking up harp in 1993 was all about harps and harp music for many years. Playing harp (after earning degrees in music education and clarinet performance) altered the course of my life, both personally and professionally.
My first harp teacher was Roxanne Ziegler, in Rochester, New York. I give her so much credit for teaching me the right way, taking me seriously as an adult beginner, and spending three years with me before suggesting I move on to Grace Wong (Rochester Philharmonic) for some serious pedal harp training. I studied harp formally for five years, with my two amazing teachers, all the while practicing three hours or more every day.
I began teaching harp in 2002. My students, then and now, were predominantly adult women, both with and without musical backgrounds, who were drawn to playing the harp just as I was. I have also taught men and children.
There are no short cuts to properly learning to play the harp. It takes time, hard work and dedication. Because many people have no access to a harp teacher, I began writing my learning materials. Find my “Learn Harp” section near the top of the navigation bar.
I have always loved playing music, and I play a variety of instruments. For me, writing is an extension of playing, which is why I have so much music on this site. Harp, piano, flute, clarinet, Native American flute, violin, cello and mandolin. You will find music for all of them on this website.
I am a lover of nature, animals, pets and the great outdoors. Nature photography is something I do for fun. I currently have a dog (Brinkley), a rescued cat (Heather, the stray who came to stay), a white-bellied caique (Nacho), and two leopard geckos, Harpo and Mango.
I ran Blevins Instruments, Inc. (Blevins Harps) for the last 17 years of its 27-year existence. We have recently retired from harp making, so I am generally in my studio working on my music projects. Contact me any time!