It’s something I’m just not good at: teaching beginners how to play an instrument. My coaching is all for advanced beginners to professionals.  But I know someone who’s REALLY good at teaching beginners …


Her name is Shelley Fairplay, and she’s one of the original members of myHarness Your Muse” mentorship program.   Breaking things down for beginners is so natural for Shelley that I was thrilled when she decided to take her years of teaching beginners one-on-one and use the “Harness Your Muse” program to create an online course that aspiring harpists can take anywhere in the world.

It even teaches people how to FIND a harp to play! #StartHarp Share on X

I’ve watched Shelley build StartHarp from scratch and it’s a spectacular program: gentle, thorough, encouraging – and includes learning to play written music (something I never learned as a kid!) plus improvisation, theory and the option to do homework and get personalized feedback from Shelley. It even includes info on how to find and buy (or borrow or rent!) your first harp – and it’s all online so people can take the course in their own living rooms!

If you’ve ever fantasized about playing the harp, go sign up now!

She’s created it in three levels so absolute beginners can start with StartHarp 1, people with a little training can jump into StartHarp 2 and after that, there’s StartHarp 3.

I've watched @HarpWales build HarpStart & it's spectacular: gentle, thorough, encouraging! Share on X


  • WHAT IS IT:  StartHarp is an online course for people anywhere in the world who want to play the harp – people who’ve never touched a harp, or beginners who want an affordable, accountable system for learning.
  • WHEN:  The next 12 Week Session begins on September 16, 2016
  • WHERE:  YOUR livingroom – via your computer.   In other words – everywhere!



Shelley is a performer and teacher with over 15 years experience teaching harp, harp ensembles and workshops for all ages.  She’s also the founder of “Harpist for a Day”, a program that gives non-harpists the opportunity to go from first note to concert performer in a single day.

Her successful concert series “The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy” was premiered in the UK in 2014, and her CD of the same name was released in 2015. Her 2016 concert series “HarpOSphere,” like all her concerts, features her own original works along with her arrangements of popular, classic and traditional tunes.  She has performed throughout the UK, and appeared in Europe and the U.S. as a soloist and alongside internationally renowned harpists including electric jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant.

Wanna help grow more harp players in the world? 

Here are some fun things you can do to help promote this great program.  And YES, you get extra points at the Heavenly Gates if you play the harp … OR help create more harp players in the world!

And if you don’t play the harp yet … Shelley can show you how!


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