Harp Mastery® Certified Coaching
Harpists often struggle because they don't know the secrets to making rapid progress and sustaining momentum.
Harp Mastery® Certified Coaching is more than just harp lessons. Your certified master teacher provides you with personalized strategies, systems and support, giving you the confidence you need to play the music you want the way you want.
Our next coaching session begins September 1, 2021. Registration will open August 10, 2021.
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Why Harp Mastery® Certified Coaching?
How It Works
Schedule a Call.
You're ready to get started! Schedule your video Planning Call with me. We will enroll you in the program, identify your harp goals and plan your path to harp happiness.
Find the perfect teacher.
I'll help you choose the perfect teacher for you from our roster of certified Harp Mastery® teachers. Then you and I will meet with your teacher, and together we will create your personalized plan.
Play the harp!
Your teacher will work one-on-one with you using our exclusive system for focused practice and surprisingly speedy progress. You can relax, knowing you have an expert by your side and that your success is only weeks away.
This is a hero's tale. Christina's story shows what happens when you go beyond desiring growth to taking action to achieve your goals. Brava, Christina - well done! Thank you for letting Harp Mastery® Certified Coaching help you along your journey.
What Makes Harp Mastery® Certified Coaching Unique
Harp lessons are just that - lessons. The Harp Mastery® Certified Coaching program is a 12-week success formula for your harp playing. The program runs using a trimester schedule, and we accept new students before each trimester starts (September, January and May). Registration for the next session (starting May 3, 2021) will open April 10, 2021.
Our exclusive teaching framework gives your practice structure and clarity by identifying the precise steps you need to take to accomplish your personal harp objective, whether that is learning a particular piece, strengthening your technique, becoming a better sight reader, growing and maintaining your repertoire or all of the above. Your practice is no longer aimless, unfocused, boring or unproductive. You see daily and weekly progress and discover the confidence that comes from setting and achieving your goals.
The framework has three components:
You and your teacher set your objectives for the program, and your teacher helps you determine the exact steps you need to take in order to achieve them. You will not only have a clear plan for this week’s practice, but you will be able to see easily how this week’s practice will move you toward your goal.
The most powerful part of the framework is that you can actually see your progress. No more wondering when your piece will be done or hoping that you are practicing the right things. Your weekly progress is part of a structured plan with monthly benchmarks that are like signposts telling you, “You are going the right way!”
How do you know your practice is working? Because you have proof! There is nothing so satisfying as achieving your goal, knowing that you have accomplished something musically rewarding and personally meaningful. If you haven’t experienced that lately (or ever), now is your time!
What Students are Saying
"I just completed the 10-week certified coaching program with Mary Jane as my teacher. This was an incredibly worthwhile experience and elevated my playing to a new level. I loved the goal-focused approach to each lesson and the teacher lesson notes I received immediately after each lesson that reminded me of what we discussed in the lesson and helped me build on each successive step of my learning. I was learning pieces that were above my grade level yet the teaching/learning system allowed me to make more and faster progress than was possible in the past. I would absolutely encourage other harpists to participate in this program because the skills and approach to learning and performing pieces will be invaluable as they continue in their harp journey."
- Grace, Certified Coaching Program Student
"I highly recommend the Certified Coaching Program. I am a harpist that plays for my own pleasure and I enjoy challenging myself to continually improve and learn new skills. Without steady lessons, I had reached the point where I felt stuck and was searching for a way to move forward in my playing. I was amazed by how much I accomplished during the course of the program. However, what was even more valuable to me was that I finally learned a methodology on how to take a piece of music from start to finish on my own. I am definitely more confident and excited to start working on more challenging music knowing that I have the tools and a system to learn new music. Participating in this coaching program has been the best action I have taken for my music enjoyment since my decision to learn to play the harp."
- Julie, Certified Coaching Program Student
What's Included in the Program
Your own SPARK Practice Journal
Private Group Workshop
Soiree (Guided Playing Opportunity)
5 or 10 one-hour one-on-one online video lessons with your coach
The Proof Is In The System
How to Know if Certified Coaching is Right For You
- I’m just a beginner? Is this program too much for me? There is no better time to learn the secrets to proper practice and steady progress than at the start of your harp journey.
- I already have a teacher. Many of my coaching students find that the support of a coach and our exclusive system means they make much faster progress in their lessons with their regular teachers. Their teachers have told us that too! Many teachers actively encourage their students to explore additional opportunities.
- Will this program take a lot of extra time? Your program is tailored for you. If you usually practice 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week, we will structure your program for that amount of time. The purpose of this program is not to have you spend more time practicing; it is to help you achieve your goals in the time you have.
- I’m a therapy/folk harpist. Will this help me? Whatever kind of harp or harp music you play, you need the same foundational skills in technique and musicianship. Also, like any harpist, you likely have unsuspected gaps in your learning that are slowing your progress. Our coaches are experts at spotting the gaps and helping you fill them in.
- I just play for my own pleasure and I don’t really have a goal. Wouldn’t you experience more pleasure in your playing if you could learn music faster and play it more fluidly and expressively? Those sound like goals to me :-)
- How do I know I can actually achieve my goal? Most harp students don’t have enough experience to know for themselves what goals are attainable in a reasonable time frame. My certified coaches and I have done this many times. That’s why we set goals together with you. You don’t have to do this by yourself.
- This seems like it will mean a lot of extra work for me. Actually, my coaching students often report that their practice is so much more efficient and effective that they can work less and accomplish more. And their practice is more enjoyable too!
- What makes these teachers Harp Mastery® Certified Coaches? These are experienced teachers and harpists who have been trained by me to teach using the system I have developed over many years. They are the only teachers trained by me, and they are dedicated to your success.
What's My Investment?
Allegro Program (Lesson every week)
Andante Program (Lesson every other week)
Meet the Coaches
Mary Jane D’Arville
The most exciting part of teaching for me is learning! Through many years of teaching, I have come to realize that to be an effective teacher you must also be an active learner. Not only does each individual student create a new challenge, but every lesson inspires me to incorporate years of experience and observation to find the best path to share my passion for the harp. And that path is continually expanded by what I learn from my students. My love for the harp was instilled in me by my first teacher, Molly Hahn. With her guidance, I developed a solid technical foundation that gave me the confidence to pursue my harp studies and express myself through music. Over the years, I have been nurtured by so many wonderful teachers and I take great joy in sharing their wisdom and being a small part of their legacy. My goal with students is to motivate them not only to practice after each lesson, but on a much broader scope, to feel confident communicating and connecting through the music they create. By fostering positive and effective learning experiences, I encourage each student to discover their unique abilities and to find joy in their harp playing.
Mary Jane D’Arville’s passion for teaching was set in motion early in her professional career. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a MFA in Harp Performance, she moved to Richmond Virginia to serve as Associate Professor of Harp at the University of Virginia and also as director of The Richmond Public Schools Harp Ensemble, one of the few inner city harp programs in the nation.
Since then she has been inspired to cultivate and expand her teaching concepts by working closely with several prominent harp instructors including Lynne Aspnes, Joan Holland and Anne Sullivan, as well as pursuing certification in the Suzuki method. Mary Jane is active as a guest faculty and master class instructor throughout the region as well as maintaining a busy private studio.
Over the years, Ms. D’Arville’s performing experience has included positions with several regional orchestras including the Richmond, Savannah, and Charlottesville Symphonies, and she continues an active freelance career in Richmond. The highlight of her performing career came in 2002 when she was invited to the World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland to play with the Salzedo Harp Ensemble.
In 1997, along with her husband David, Mary Jane opened the Virginia Harp Center, and later the Atlanta Harp Center, East Coast resource centers with locations in Georgia, New Jersey, and Virginia. This endeavor has been a wonderful opportunity for her to integrate her enthusiasm for the harp and excitement for bringing harpists together.
Teaching to me means helping students pursue their passion in the most successful way. It means helping students understand the power of learning and mastering a skill. Teaching to me means sharing the excitement, joy, and fun of learning while continuing my teacher’s legacy. What I enjoy the most about teaching is learning. I have students from age 4 to 88, and some of my students have special needs. I am always seeking new and different ways to approach music with them. My students are constantly teaching me to be a better teacher, and I love it. I want to pass on to my students the power of quality practice. Quality practice means practicing with a plan, being present and not hyper-focusing on the goal, it also means enjoying the process. When I learned this from my teacher it made me excited to practice, and more confident. I was so surprised (and still am sometimes) about what I accomplished. I want my students to feel the same way.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Candace began her harp studies with Mary Anne Coppa at Settlement Music School Philadelphia, later continuing her studies with Anne Sullivan. She attended the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree at Arcadia University (Glenside, PA) in Music Performance and Special Education.
Candace’s interest in education led her to found her own music studio, Lark Music, where she has been teaching harp and piano for the past 20 years.
She works with young students, preparing them for competitions, concerts, and college, but particularly enjoys working with adult students, seeking to give them the skills they need to enjoy playing the harp. During the summer you can find Candace coaching and mentoring students with Anne Sullivan at Harp In The Mountains Summer Festival.
As a performing harpist, Candace enjoys playing in local orchestras, ensembles, and theaters in the tri-state area. Her blog The Happy Musician gives musicians advice and guidance on keeping happiness in their art.
Teaching has been a significant part of my career for several years. I’ve enjoyed educating students with a wide range of ages and experience levels, because it can be just as rewarding as seeing progress in my own playing. I have been very lucky to have worked with some incredible teachers and would be excited to pass along what I’ve learned to you. In my own journey as a professional harpist, I’ve been especially thankful for the solid foundation of technique that my teachers prioritized in my education. That groundwork provides facility for playing pieces of increasingly higher difficulty, and even prevents injury! Most importantly however, I love playing music. Being able to share in that with other people and help them grow is my favorite part.
Caitlin Mehrtens is a harpist based in Houston, TX. A prolific concerto soloist, she has performed most recently with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany at the Gewandhaus, and also with the National Repertory Orchestra, Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Oberlin Mozart Players, and Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.
Caitlin is equally at home as an orchestral musician, performing with many professional ensembles including the Spokane Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She is also an avid supporter and performer of contemporary art. Most prominently, she is now the Production Manager and Harpist for Loop38 (www.loop38.org), a contemporary music ensemble bringing new music to the heart of Houston. Caitlin holds degrees from both Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying under Yolanda Kondonassis and Paula Page, respectively. When she’s not playing the harp, she can probably be found enjoying the outdoors, listening to music with friends, or daydreaming about dogs.
Want to Plan Ahead?
Since registration priority is given to our current students, we typically only have a few spots available for new students in each session. If for some reason we don't have a space for you in our upcoming session, there are three sessions offered each year and you can join our "First to Know" list by clicking the button below to gain early access to registration for upcoming sessions. You will be notified before registration opens to the general public so you have first access to those limited spots.
Here is our 2021 - 2022 Trimester Schedule:
- Fall Trimester: September 1, 2021
- Winter Trimester: January 10, 2022
- Spring Trimester: May 2, 2022