Annette Bjorling 721 Case St., Evanston IL, 60202
Instruments:Harp, Recorder, Theory, World Music

Styles:Classical, Jazz, Kids, World, Other
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:17 years
Rate:$55 / hr


Personal Statement

Annette is an experienced teacher of:

both lever and pedal harp
in various styles of music
(classical, world music, …)

improvisation and folk music
for many kinds of instruments

basics of music for young children
… or anyone who likes it

European folk dances and dance music

Annette’s thoughts about teaching:

I like teaching a lot, and I like to share musical experiences with others.

My teaching style combines oral traditions (lots of listening)
and classical techniques.

Improvisation and interpretation is important for me as well.

Music theory is a part of my teaching: especially harp students
need to know about chords and rhythms.

Students might choose or specify a preferred teaching method
– or get introduced to ‘everything’.

I am open to all music styles. Besides classical music,
I spezialize in klezmer and other East European
traditional music.

I am offering workshops for groups/ for special themes
(like Jewish music) in and outside Chicago.

for students who don’t want to purchase an own instrument yet.

Education / Training

Annette studied harp at music school of Heidelberg, Germany, and with various private teachers such as world-renowned Rdiger Oppermann, Park Stickney, and Liz Cifani. She studied harp and cultural education at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Annette teaches harp at her private studio, as well as harp, recorder and classes in ethnic dances and music at local music schools; The Musical Offering, Evanston, IL and The North Shore School of the Arts, Glencoe, IL.

Annette has been teaching workshops for klezmer and East European music & dances, for instrumentalists, as well as especially for harpists, at various schools & festivals in Europe, Canada and the USA. She performed and taught at international harp conferences, HarpCon2003, Bloomington, IN in July 2003, and HarpCon05, Big Sky, MT in July 2005, and at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, NJ, in July 2004 and July 2005.

Annette Bjorling