Now enrolling new students for Fall 2018
Stephanie's Teaching Philosophy
A strong technique is the foundation of playing the harp. Though it can be modified for individual hands, good technique is necessary for players of all levels. All students are given exercises to advance their technique for the best possible playing.
- Every student is an individual, and lessons should reflect this diversity. Different learning styles are accommodated, and repertoire is selected to help nurture growth. Stephanie strives to foster a learning environment that empowers students and encourages them to pursue a life-long love of the harp.
- Harp lessons are a personal experience that require an openness to making mistakes. Stephanie believes in a music studio that is a safe space to challenge oneself and explore what is possible.
Harp teacher Stephanie Gustafson has a decade of teaching experience in diverse settings, with students of all ages, backgrounds, and goals.
Stephanie has two teaching studios in Houston, located in the Heights and Woodlands/Spring. Students receive weekly lessons of 30, 45, or 60 minutes, dependent on age. Stephanie's students are given the opportunity to perform in two studio recitals each year, and students are encouraged to participate. Other performance opportunities are made available to interested students throughout the year, including competitions, ensemble playing, and community engagement. Lessons can include repertoire of all genres, customized based on the student's goals and interests. In addition to classical pieces, students may learn pop music, jazz, religious repertoire, holiday favorites, and students are encouraged to arrange music they love or compose songs for the harp.
Outside of her private studios, Stephanie is co-founder and co-director of the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble, a Saturday morning program that helps harp students in Houston further their musical growth and build a supportive harp community. She is also on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, where she teaches highly talented high school aged harpists during the summer. She is extremely experienced working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities: during the 2017-2018 school year, she had a musical residency with the TREK students at Travis Elementary in the Heights and from 2016 to 2017, she developed music-oriented lessons for the students at the Monarch Institute, a school for students with neurological disorders. While living in New York, she taught music classes at the prestigious International Preschool, working with students from all over the world, ages 3-5. Her studio currently rages from students ages 5-65.