Miss Sharon Avis Introduces Herself

sharon-harpHi Everyone! My name is Sharon Avis. I teach beginning pedal and lever harp through advanced. I also teach beginning piano. I started piano when I was 5 and started harp when I was 12 years old. I continued both instruments through college. I’ve played in many different ensembles, both choral and instrumental.

In my blog, I would like to spark interest about the harp and share my knowledge about all things harp. This will include advice for choosing a harp, tips on how to practice effectively and occasionally post videos of harp solos that you might be interested in and some that I like. I’m especially excited about playing my Grandsicle Electric/Acoustic lever harp. This instrument has the ability to be played in up to three flat keys and four sharp keys without retuning.


Well, let me get this topic out of the way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that comment while out playing. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s possible and the start-up costs aren’t out of your reach. There are hundreds of basic small harps that can be bought or you can rent to buy that are affordable. Since our studios are located within a piano store that is the only Rees Harpsicle and Dusty Strings dealership that I know of in Ohio, you have harps that are within your grasp. I host a “Harp Tasting” the first Thursday of each month. You can learn some basic things about playing the harp and we provide the Harpsicles for you to play. I also bring my pedal harp so each person can try the “big” harp. Call the Schwartz School of Music and join us for your first “Taste” of harps.

Any comments or questions can be left on this blog. I’ll be happy to answer as much as I can.

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