UM1314: Beginning at the Harp Volume 1

Cover image Beginning at the Harp Volume 1
Lucien Thomson
Instrumentation: Pedal or Lever Harp
Level: Exam Settings:
TRINITY Initial Grade Item 23 Melody
TRINITY Initial Grade Item 24 We Dance
Format: USA Letter plastic ring binding
ISMN: --
Publisher: William Lovelace
Edition/Year: 1969 (assigned 2000)
Origin: USA
Our Ref: UM1314

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"BEGINNING AT THE HARP" is the first harp work by Lucien Thomson who was awarded a citation "for outstanding service to the cause of the harp" by the American Harp Society, and has been appointed Chairman of the Music Education Program for that organization.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he began the study of piano at eight years of age and at ten turned to the harp, studying with Mrs. Mary Griffith Dobbs, at the Griffith School of Music. Graduating from Emory University with a B. A. degree in fine arts, he continued his harp studies with both Marie Miller and Marcel Grandjany at the Juillard School of Music. While at the Juillard School, Mr. Thomson also studied piano and piano pedagogy with Bernice Frost, and arranging, with Vittorio Giannini.

Mr. Thomson has also acquired tremendous teaching experience, having been Director of Music at the Peekskill Military Academy and having been on the faculty of New York College of Music and at present on the faculty of New York University.

Throughout these years he has also served as volunteer music therapist at the Kingsbridge Veterans Hospital for the American Red Cross. For more than twenty five years he has specialized in the teaching of beginners, particularly young children.
Thus this tremendous background of study and experience has prepared him well for writing his first instruction book for the harp.

Harp teachers will find "BEGINNING AT THE HARP" excellent for beginners.... simple and easy to comprehend.


This book is designed for the training of children over seven years of age who have not had any previous musical experience. It is not intended to be " a Method". The purpose of this book is to develop natural talent and a love of music through hearing, seeing and doing.
Elementary Theory is included as an aid to the student in correlating what he hears, sees and feels (interval feel). It is hoped that the teacher will assign additional written work, particularly in note-naming and rhythm-phrases.

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