RMS Harp students benefit from an immersive musical experience that catapults them to the next level in their harp studies. See below for examples of music activities, or check out a sample weekly schedule.
Lessons Twice a Week
Students receive lessons twice a week with RMS harp faculty. With dedicated teachers who focus on the individual, lessons are one of the most meaningful experiences for students in the program.
Proper, fluid technique is essential to reaching playing potential and remaining injury-free. Students participate in a daily warm-up technique class. The RMS harp faculty are proponents of the Salzedo technique but accept all technique styles.
Students have the opportunity to present solos, harp ensemble and chamber pieces in master classes and in concert for an enthusiastic and supportive audience. A few past locations include the Steamboat Springs library, local churches, and an outdoor performance at Ciao Gelato.
Each day includes a planning period in which students write their practice goals for the day. Depending on the needs and age of the student, two to five or more hours are scheduled daily for individual practice. Students are encouraged to bring their own harps. Rental harps are provided on a limited basis.
In ensemble classes, which meet three times a week, students have fun honing group performance skills while learning both standard and contemporary ensemble repertoire.
Chamber Music Opportunities
RMSHP collaborates with the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory to provide opportunities for students to work together in string chamber ensembles, coached by RMSC and RMSHP faculty.
Special Topics Courses and Seminars
Special topics courses and seminars are tailored to the specific needs of the students who attend each year. Some past topics have included orchestral repertoire, theory, practice techniques, stage presence, and gig preparation.
The RMS Harp Program takes advantage of the thriving Steamboat Springs arts community to provide exposure to high caliber musicians through regular attendance at Strings Music Festival performances. Faculty also perform in the community, providing the students with an opportunity to hear their instructors put into practice what they have discussed in lessons and classes.