Derwent Harp School

Harp lessons here in the heart of the Derby with
Helen-Elizabeth Naylor BA Hons (Wales) CTABRSM

100% pass rate with ABRSM, visit our Facebook page for latest results

Learn for fun or follow a more formal exam based course of study taking you to grade 8, DipABRSM and beyond with the ABRSM, plus specialist preparation for scholarships etc. All ages catered for from 5 - 70+ Beginners a speciality!

Regular concerts and master classes are held through the year plus competition and touring opportunities. Students benefit from regular classes with world famous Professor David Watkins. Students compete in the Urdd, National and International Eisteddfods,  Festival of  Music for Youth, plus many more local festivals, concerts etc.

Join The Derbyshire Harp Ensemble or Junior Harpz, we meet weekly for seniors and fortnightly for juniors in Littleover, Derby. Senior  Ladies ensemble  meet alternate  tuesday lunchtime.

Harp Lessons are also available on SKYPE or FACETIME - have your lesson in your own home, SKYPE student  achieved a distinction in her grade 2 harp after studying entirely over the web for only 9 months. SKYPE student Ellen got 29/30 for grade 7 Firedance !! so SKYPE works! Skype lessons available worldwide, currently teaching a student in NZ.

Former students have gone on to RNCM, The Purcell School and The Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge university. Students have been placed in national and international competitions.

Contact us via e mail to book an assesment or trial lesson - all ages and abilities welcome.

Trial Lesson £15.00
Half Hour Lesson £20.00
One Hour Lesson £40.00
4 half hour lessons per month paid for in advance by standing order £74.00
Harp Rental available subject to availability, £150.00 for three months with a full credit towards purchase of any 29 or 34 string harp from our range, this is only available to our own students.


MISSED LESSONS Terms and Conditions of Contract.
Any lesson missed or cancelled by the Student within 24 hours shall be paid for in full.

a) The Student/Parent/Guardian agrees to pay for any music/strings/repairs etc. required by the Student and provided by the Teacher.
b) The Student/Parent/Guardian will be responsible for any loss or damage incurred to any instrument, accessory or music loaned by the Teacher to the Student. Such items will be returned on request to the Teacher.
c) The Student/Parent/Guardian undertakes not to make photocopies of any music.
d) The Student will not enter any examination, festival, competition or otherwise perform in public without first consulting the Teacher. The Teacher will not enter the Student for any examination/festival etc. without the approval of the Student/Parent/Guardian. Any entry fees for examinations/festivals etc. will be paid by the Student/Parent/Guardian.
e) The Student/Parent/Guardian is responsible for the insurance of the Student’s instrument.
f) In the interests of the Student’s well-being whilst in the Teacher’s care, the Teacher must be informed of any medical or other condition affecting the Student.
g) If the Student is under the age of eighteen (18), the Parent/Guardian shall ensure a responsible adult is present on the premises and within earshot of the Student for the duration of each lesson.

 The amount of practise required by our exam board the ABRSM per grade to pass its exams - it is 15 mins per grade per day, so at grade 1 15 mins but by grade 8 2 hours a day.
Grade 5 is the equivalent of a GCSE.

"It is important to note that whilst a teacher will use her best endeavours to ensure the student makes satisfactory progress, this cannot be guaranteed. In particular, careful practise as advised by the Teacher is a prerequisite of success in any musical instrument or in any musical endeavour"