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Learn to play the harp by ear and to read music

- Lessons to suit your schedule
- Patient and experienced teacher
- Individual lessons at your own pace
- Lessons in Pt Chevalier, Auckland
- Skype lessons available

Music soothes the soul and harps are wonderful instruments to play. Spending a little time each day playing is all you need to make progress - the more you play the easier it all becomes.

At your lessons you will learn how to read music and also how to play by ear.
How to arrange music for the harp so if you have a tune you would like to play on the harp you will have an understanding of how to work out the best fingering and how to play it in a number of different ways.

harp in the well lit garden

By the end of your lessons with Robyn you will be able to play at an amateur performance level.

If you wish to be a professional performer Robyn can coach you on the business side of being a professional player in the wedding and corporate market in New Zealand. With 30 years professional and semi professional playing experience Robyn has a wealth of Knowledge to share.

Since 2005 Robyn has worked part time for New Zealand's leading national entertainment agency - Pete McGregor Entertainment - and has extensive current industry experience.

Harps sound lovely!
It is easy to get a lovely sound out of the harp even while you are first learning and it won’t take you very long at all before you are playing beautiful sounding music at home. It is a wonderfully relaxing instrument to play and will give you, and those around you, lots of enjoyment.

No prior musical knowledge required
No prior musical knowledge is necessary for learning the harp,
if you have never played any musical instrument in your life this is a great one to start with.

You will learn the basics of reading music and how to play by ear.
You will also learn how to arrange music for the harp and a little about composing and songwriting.

Singing and playing the harp
If you sing already you will find the harp to be a beautiful accompaniment to your voice. There is a lot of music available for harp and most songs can be adapted for this instrument. Celtic music is especially popular for singing and playing.

Relax while your child has a lesson
If you are bringing your child for a lesson you are welcome to sit in the studio with us or you may prefer to bring a book and sit on the lovely outdoor verandah and relax, be sure to bring your sunhat with you and maybe a good book if you are reading one! There is wireless broadband at the studio that you can use too.

No time for traveling to lessons or no teacher nearby to you?
Try Skype lessons

If you don't want to spend the time traveling in the Auckland traffic to your harp lesson why not have lessons in the comfort of your own home via Skype? This is also a great option for anyone living in an area where there is no harp teacher close by but you are wanting to learn how to play.

New Zealand Harp Teachers Directory
If you need to find a harp teacher in New Zealand have a look at this resource.

email or phone for more details or with any questions you may have.

email: robyn@robynsutherland.com or Ph 021 25 27 632


Robyn's musical beginnings

When I was a young girl my father would play the piano and encouraged my 2 sisters and I to sing. He was a fantastic musician who could read a little bit of music but who could also play well by ear. When he went away with the troops in World War 2 he took his piano accordian and would play for their entertainment.

He taught me about melody, harmony and rhythm and I also learnt how to give an amateur performance to my Aunts and Uncles when they came to visit!

They were great times and these memories sit among the fondest of my childhood.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a musician in the family and some people live in a home with no music played at all.

I enjoy sharing my love of music and ability to play and sing with others, just as my father enjoyed sharing his love of music with his friends and his family.


Comments from some people who have taken lessons -


Yu Liu, Auckland

The harp classes with Robyn were wonderful experiences. Robyn taught me the basics of harp playing with easy-to-follow tips, and she corrected my gestures so I can play the harp smoothly. In the Christmas holiday, Robyn also gave me extra sheet music, of my level, and I can play Christmas songs with the harp to my friends. On my boyfriend's birthday, I also played him a birthday song, and he was amazed. Have to say thank you Robyn for giving me helpful instructions and lending me a harp, I enjoy harp learning with you so much, thank you!


Laura, Grey Lynn, Auckland

I love learning the harp and Robyn is such a patient teacher. Renting a harp was great as well as I was able to go home and practice. She is very encouraging and even as a total beginner with the instrument and misuc as well, she makes me feel enthusiastic about the learning experience. The whole experience has been lovely. I can't wait to play as beautifully as she does :)


Claire Callister, Auckland

From the first phone call, enquiring about harp lessons, I felt comfortable with Robyn and was aware of her calm and positive way os teaching. ( I am an dult who has always wanted to learn the harp.) As a piano and class music teacher, I can recommend her as a great teacher, who communicates well, and provides a great atmosphere to learn this fascinating instrument. Thank you Robyn


Max Maxwell, Auckland

I invited Robyn to accompany my choir in a concert of spiritual music. Her parts were not scored and she created beautiful harmonies in whichever key I asked her to. She was totally professional regarding attending rehearsals, timeliness and knowledge of how best to amplify the harp for performances. I was so inspired that earlier this year I started taking lessons from Robyn. As a teacher myself I appreciated her professionalism in that regard also.


Chrissy, Auckland

Very patient, nice and relaxed harp teacher, having a lessons with her is very delighted, so comfortable to have her teach me and play alongside with me, Highly recommend very good harp teacher.


Mira, Henderson, Auckland

My name is Mira and I'm a mother of 3. In my philosophy there is no time limit for me to start learning something that I like or interested in.
I always believe that in my life, I will always learn something that makes my life so productive and meaningful.
Since in my very young age, I really wanted to learn harp instrumnet. But because in my original country where I came from, harp is not a common instrument. Meaning: it is a very rare instrument and hardly to find a teacher.
I started my harp lesson with Robyn on 13th Feb 2014. I like it so much and more in love with the harp instrument.
Robyn is a very brilliant teacher that I experienced during my lessons. She is so patient and a lovely teacher who I feel so comfortable to learn from.
I can see my progress every time I went to the lessons. She gave me feedbacks and shows how things need to do, in example: in order to have a better right position of your body, position of instrument, position of the fingers, etc.
I like her attention to details and techniques that she shows in the lessons in order to make me progress faster.
I know that I no longer has a harp lesson right now due to my children's activities, but I still open myself that I will come back to learn harp instrument in the future.
That is all from me. I hope it can encourage everyone who reads this testimony and want to learn the harp.
Thank you Robyn for the opportunity for me to learn harp ad share my testimony.
Best regards


Natasha Lewis, Henderson Heights, Auckland

My daughter has had harp lessons with Robyn and the experience has been wonderful.
Robyn is a natural teacher, she is patient, warm, friendly and encouraging.
In a short spate of time, has not only learned to play the harp and read music, but was motivated enough to consider playing in her school talent showcase : )
Robyn's enthusiasm is infectious, her ability to encourage her students and create a genuine love of learning is impressive.
I would highly recommend Robyn as a music teacher.


Helen - Auckland

Playing the harp and taking lessons from Robyn was definitely enjoyable and fun! The harp was at a reasonable size which made it very easy for transportation and taking it around to different places.
Normally I practise the harp at home with the book provided by Robyn and will take a few lessons now and then with her to fine tune my skills. I find this way of learning very suitable for a person like me who has full on work schedules. I get to decide when I want to play, how fast to progress with my learning, and basically just going at a pace which I am comfortable with!
Robyn is very friendly and helpful throughout the whole time. It is very easy to understand the techniques and skills she tries to teach, and she's very good at fine tuning my skills! Every time after a lesson with her I felt like my skills have improved a lot. She is also very flexible timing wise which I really appreciated when I try to fit a lesson into my busy schedule.

Thanks Robyn, I really enjoyed playing the harp!


Sasha - Waiuku, Auckland

Robyn was a wonderful teacher to my daughter. Being able to hire a harp enabled my daughter to try a new instrument and see if it was the one she wanted to pursue long term before having to make a significant investment in a new instrument. Robyn was a wonderful teacher, patient and had a real raport with my daughter. I particularly appreciated Robyn making Skype lessons available as we were located a fair distance from Robyn and it enabled us to have lessons on the weeks we couldn't make commutes. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Robyn to anyone considering pursuing the harp.


Craig Wedge - Auckland

Learning the harp with Robyn is a real pleasure. Her patience and warmth allow one to learn this most magical of instruments at an easy pace, and she is always encouraging. I can highly recommend Robyn to anyone wishing to learn the harp.


Nicola Wilson - Northland

While living in rural Northland I was able to fulfull a long held ambition of playing a harp by hiring one that Robyn couriered to us in a harp travel case. I had lessons fortnightly via skype using the internet. This was a learning curve with the technology in addition to the instrument but Robyn was very helpful and supportive. My five year old daughter was enchanted with my harp playing and decided to join me in learning. We would visit Robyn a couple of times a term for an in person lesson which we found invaluable. Our harp learning was a memorable and treasured experience. Robyn is an exceptional person . Her gorgeous character flows over into every aspect of teaching, playing and personal interactions. How grateful we are for the opportunity to have studied under her tutelage!


Linda and Alex - Auckland

Robyn Sutherland has been teaching music to our two children for the last three years. Our daughter has learnt to play the harp beautifully. Robyn has managed to feed her natural enthusiasm and confidence to a stage where she genuinely enjoys performing for a public audience. She is now using the skills Robyn has taught her to teach herself how to play the piano and the Irish Penny flute. She is also learning to play the violin. All that Robyn has taught her is making the violin an easy instrument to learn.

Robyn has taught our son to play the acoustic guitar. He has now moved on to the electric guitar. His new teacher is extremely impressed with our sons musical knowledge and his playing ability considering the short period of time he has been having lessons. One of the best things about her teaching is that Robyn has not locked him into one style, therefore he is very receptive to new ideas and can adapt his playing accordingly. Our son is a shy child and Robyn has built his confidence up to a stage where he willingly enjoys performing in public, something we thought we would never see.

Robyn has taught them how to arrange their music so that they can play together. They now give "mini concerts" to elderly people. They have also played at The Corban's Estate Arts Festival.

At 13 yrs of age our daughter wrote a musical stage show for the Scouts Jubilee. Robyn helped her arrange and record the backing music onto CD and also supported her with advice on how to direct the show.For the same Jubilee Robyn took nine of the instrument playing scouts, ranging from 7 - 13 yrs of age (seven of whom she had never met before) and turned them into a mini orchestra. She did this in a little less than three months, one lesson per week. There were two violins, a harp, a guitar, a saxophone, two pianos and two recorders. They all achieved their music badges and had a great time doing it. The whole show was a great success and a good part of the credit goes to Robyn.

We are both very grateful to Robyn, always wish her well and highly recommend her to any parent as a music teacher.

Robyn is calm, patient, reliable, honest and multitalented, she has a lovely sense of humour and a natural rapport with children."


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