An Opportunity For Clarsach Teachers and Aspiring Teachers

Enrol here by September 30th 2017 to attend one of two teaching courses being run in October by The Clarsach Society. On offer is a course for experienced players who are considering teaching for the first time, and a course for teachers who wish to further develop their skills and strategies. See below for more details and to submit an online enrolment form.







Dare to be a Teacher / Carry on Teaching

Saturday October 21st 2017

9:30 – 16:00

Nuffield Health Centre
Strathblane Road
G62 8HJ

Free to Clarsach Society members. Non members £15




Course Details:



Dare to be a Teacher: 

This course, led by Wendy Stewart, aims to encourage experienced players who might be considering teaching, especially in areas where no professional help is currently available, to take that first step.


Carry on Teaching: 

This course, led by Karen Marshalsay, is for those who are already teaching and wish to further develop their skills and strategies.


Both courses will be practical, so please bring your harp. There will be advice and discussion on teaching individuals, on leading groups, developing good technique and finding, sourcing and even arranging suitable material.






Wendy Stewart is a leading Scottish harper, a world class performer and inspirational teacher whose style and repertoire encompasses both traditional music and her own compositions. She has produced 4 solo recordings, several music books and teaches all levels of student, from beginner to graduate, throughout Europe and the U.S.A. Over her 50 years of playing, Wendy has been involved with the development of many key harping developments, from the BA in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to that institution’s Traditional Music Grade Exams and currently works with Feis Rois / Youth Music Initiative, giving an experience of traditional music to all primary school children in Dumfries and Galloway.These days much of Wendy`s nourishment springs from the rich artistic and natural environment of Glencairn where she lives, composes, teaches, sings, dances and gardens-though not all at the saem time. Her latest CD, Folds in the Field, is of her own music, inspired by Scotland`s South West.

Karen Marshalsay is a master of traditional Scottish harp music, specialising on all three Scottish harps (wire & gut-strung clarsachs and bray harp), and performs in The Cathal McConnell trio with fiddler Kathryn Nicoll, with piper Allan MacDonald, as a soloist, and is also a regular on pedal harp at the Balmoral Hotel. Karen was clarsach tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton for 7 years, is currently teaching wire and bray harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is a guest lecturer for Glasgow University and UHI. She has taught at many feisean and festivals including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Birmingham Conservatoire Harp Day in 2017, and has published several books of harp arrangements (featured in both the Trinity and RCS exam syllabuses,) compositions, and techniques, and was composer in residence with Harps North West in 2015-16.



How to enrol:



To enrol please complete the form below and submit it to us by 30th September 2017. If preferred, you can enrol by calling our office on 0131 554 0212.

Courses are free to members of The Clarsach Society. If you are not a member you can purchase a ticket online in advance. Alternatively you may wish to join The Clarsach Society.

Payments by cheque can be made out to The Clarsach Society, and sent to Studio G43, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG.

We look forward to welcoming you on October 21st on this exciting and rewarding course.