Anne makes learning to play the harp fun and interesting!
With over 30 years of teaching experience, harpist Anne Roos makes it easy to
learn to play the harp, even if you have never taken up an instrument
before or you don’t know how to read sheet music. Anne loves to teach!
If you aren’t a harp newbie—you’ve
had some previous lessons and experience—Anne is happy to help you continue
on your harp adventures. She actively listens to your specific learning goals, and
then she custom-designs your private lessons to help you see results. Whether you
need a brush-up on technique, need help preparing for performances and recordings,
or need some new direction because you feel stuck, Anne is here to help.
Meet with Anne in person for one-to-one lessons or take
lessons from Anne no matter where you live in the world! With a
webcam and an Internet connection, you can take your lessons via Skype, FaceTime, or other Internet conferencing software.
She’ll figure out the time zone differences and make your lessons happen.
Half hour or full hour lessons—You choose!
Contact harpist Anne Roos at 530-541-2575 (U.S. Pacific Time
send an email for lesson rates, harp rental info, and to schedule
your first lesson with Anne. For some quick answers to your most Frequently Asked
Questions about taking harp lessons with Anne, check out the FAQs below.
Harp Lesson FAQs--Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Do I need to have any musical experience to take lessons with
A. It’s not necessary to have prior music background before
embarking on your harp lessons. If you have never taken up an instrument before,
Anne will teach you harp technique and how to read music, too. It’s a plus
if you have some past musical experience, because you’ll already know the
rudiments of reading sheet music.
Q. Is the harp difficult to learn?
A. The harp is no harder to learn than any other instrument. If
you really want to learn and you put time into practice, you’ll be amazed
at how quickly you’ll advance. It’s all about motivation.
Q. Do I need to own a harp to learn to play?
A. You don’t need to buy a harp before you have your first
lesson with Anne—She can rent a harp to you if you do not have your own. She
uses Triplett Harps
and Musicmaker Harps
as rentals. You can also buy a harp from Anne. She is an authorized dealer of
Triplett Harps and will be happy to guide you to making the
right purchase for your music goals, needs, and budget.
Note: Anne only rents harps to students who are
taking lessons from her in person. If you are taking online lessons from Anne, you’ll
need to have your own harp.
Q. Does Anne teach children as well as adults?
A. Anne teaches from ages 7 and up. If your child is younger than
7 and can’t wait to play the harp, Anne recommends that your child begin with
piano lessons first. This way, your child will know the rudiments of reading sheet
music when he or she comes to Anne at an older age.
Q. What does Anne teach?
A. Anne takes your goals and musical experience into consideration
before designing your learning path. Her lessons are always one-on-one and are not
taught in a group fashion so that you can learn at your own pace. In this way, Anne
protects you from getting discouraged by comparing your progress with others. Of
course, parents are always welcome to sit on in their child’s lesson.
Here is what Anne can help you learn:
• Proper hand technique
• Sight reading skills
• Improvisation skills
• Music theory
• Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and
all kinds of tunes
• Arranging music for the harp
• Accompaniment skills
• Performance skills
And much more!
Anne studied under
Sylvia Woods and teaches her method for learning to play the
Celtic harp. If you are serious about playing the concert harp instead, in an orchestra
for instance, Anne can recommend other teachers who can school you in classical
harp method. If you're not sure what your goals are, the Sylvia Woods method will
help prepare you for the concert harp if you wish to take it up in the future.
Q. What is Anne’s musical training and experience?
A. Anne received her formal music education of music theory at
the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She studied harp techniques from
world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to Sylvia’s book
Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps.
Anne also studied professional stage performance with
Anne Roos applied her formal training for teaching music
for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She continues to work with students,
concerts and demonstrations for school assemblies.
She has taught harp since 1987, offering seminars, focused workshops, and private
lessons. She is an active member of the American String Teacher's Association.
Anne Roos played harp on the 2015 GRAMMY® Award Winning New Age Album, “Winds of Samsara”
and works with advanced harpists on composition, dynamics, recording studio preparation,
and stage performance preparation. Learn more by visiting the
About Anne Page on this website.
Q. Where do I go for lessons?
A. Anne teaches harp lessons at her music studio, located at Lake
Tahoe, which straddles the state line between California and Nevada in the Sierra
Mountain Range. Travel to her studio is a 45-minute drive from Carson City, Nevada,
a one-hour drive from Placerville, California, a 90-minute drive from Reno, Nevada,
and a two-hour drive from Sacramento, California.
Other Locations: Anne also teaches in Placerville, California, halfway between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. She teaches at the music academy at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St., in Placerville.
If you can’t travel to take lessons from harpist Anne Roos in person, take
your harp lessons online! Using your webcam and a secure connection, you can connect
with Anne for harp lessons on
Skype, FaceTime, and other Internet video chatting software.
Of course, you'll need to have your own harp in which to do so.
Q. How much does Anne charge for lessons?
A. Rates vary, depending upon several factors, including whether
you are interested in half hour or full hour lessons, whether you prepay, and whether
you will be taking lessons at the Placerville Music Academy, at Anne’s studio, or online.
Ready to schedule your first lesson with Anne Roos?
Phone 530-541-2575 for more information, including lesson and harp
"Great online lessons. When I finally admitted that I needed a teacher in trying to learn the harp, I am so glad I found Anne."--Ryan, Sitka, Alaska
“Thank you for giving my daughter great tips for practicing—She
never got those from her previous instructor.”—Evelina, Lancaster, California
“I just started taking lessons from you, and I can already
tell you are a great teacher. I can’t wait to go practice!”—Lisa,
“Thank you for bringing the joy
of music back into my life.”—Fred, Gardnerville, Nevada