Arts Academy Boarding School: Harp Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student harpists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Harp students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The harp course of study is designed to provide for technical and musical growth according to the individual needs and abilities of each student.

The harp major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

The study of the harp is focused on development of a solid technique with relaxed form and playing; healthy awareness of the body pertaining to the skills of harp playing; development of musical imagination and refinement of expressive control; in depth study and application of strong musical basics, such as rhythm, sound production and the ear; and varied opportunities for performance, accompanied by exploration and application of performance concentration and tools. Daily practice includes a comprehensive exercise routine, etude(s), solo repertoire of varying compositional and stylistic genre, large ensemble excerpts and chamber music, when appropriate. Harp majors also meet as a group each week in both studio class and large ensemble sectionals. The studio classes involve various areas of musical and harpistic education including much performance, listening to recordings, harp history, harp care, harp ensemble and development of constructive and supportive comments.

Text/materials needed: 

Harp tuning key, appropriate shoes, tuner, finger nail clippers, a notebook for lessons, and a recording device is encouraged.


Joan Raeburn Holland

Instructor of Harp, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music. Harp student and assistant of Alice Chalifoux.