Harp Lessons

Monica Schley is a harpist, songwriter, singer, poet and Certified Clinical Musician. At age four she started out playing piano and has since studied voice, clarinet, harp, and pipe organ.

In 2000, Monica earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where she studied English and music, which included rigorous lessons with Frances Miller, principal harpist of the Minnesota Orchestra. She has had master classes with harpists: Ruttiger Opperman, Park Stickney, Laurie Riley, Lori Andrews and others.

As a teacher, she has worked with Holy Names Academy; Vashon Island Harp Camp; Music Works NW (Bellevue), and most recently, Dusty Strings Music Store. She teaches beginners through intermediate harp students. As mother to young children, Monica is comfortable with teaching youth as well of students of all backgrounds and ages. Her musical method draws from folk, classical, songwriting, theory, ensemble work, improvisation and pop music using a Salzedo-influenced method. She thinks that everyone's learning process is a little bit unique, just like the harp.

She says, "I see myself as a musician who happens to play the harp, not being a harpist exclusively. It is from that approach that I tap into the great mystery that is music. I believe teachers can learn from students just as much as students learn from the teacher."



from students

"My daughter learned harp from Monica till we moved away from Seattle. She is a gentle, patient, relaxed teacher and deeply appreciate how she instilled a love of music in my daughter. As a former teacher myself, I am picky about teachers. I recommend Monica to anyone who is looking for a harp teacher."
- mother of a student 

a letter:
"Hi Monica, I just wanted to say thank you for all of your good work with J___ this year. She found our old Irish tin whistle the other day and looked up the hand positions for different notes and then composed a little tune, so I think the time with music is well spent."
- mother of a student

from his CD Magick, John Zorn writes:

"There is a deeper, more intuitive understanding. The understanding that Mysteries, to remain Mysteries, must remain Mysteries, and are not meant to be understood. The Mystery gives birth to the Search, and the Search is life. Music is one of the great Mysteries. It gives life. It is not a career, not a business, nor a craft. It is a gift... and a great responsibility. Because one can never know where the creative spark comes from or why it exists, it must be treasured as Mystery." 

Instructors I Recommend

Peter Williams, Cello Lessons, Seattle