Michael MacBean


“My prime teaching philosophy in teaching harp is that almost anyone can learn to play. I have taught students from age six to mid-70’s who prove that this is true. I incorporate both ‘playing by ear’ (and feel) and sight reading in my teaching method. Technique is important in harp playing, and I make this enjoyable for the student by using actual music pieces to teach this. Along with technique, my students learn music theory in a graduated method and can arrange their own music pieces. Whatever style of music you eventually wish to play on the harp, I’m willing to help you work toward your goal.”

Michael began his harp studies in 1983 at the Sylvia Woods Harp Center in Glendale, CA. He performed and toured for ten years with Laurie Riley and later with the Celtic/Nordic group Stone Circle. He has performed, taught, and adjudicated at the O’Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue, Ireland, as well as at the Dusty Strings Harp Symposium in Seattle. He is co-founder, director, and instructor at the Vashon Island Harp School and Camp. Michael has recorded seven CDs and has performed on several others. In addition to teaching at Dusty Strings, he currently teaches at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma and Yenney Music in Olympia.

Ages: 8 and up
Levels: All
Specialties: Vocal accompaniment, improvisation
Availability: Monday afternoons and evenings
Rates: $40 for 30 min, $50 for 45 min, $60 for one hour