Houston/Katy Harp Lessons

Houston/Katy Harp Studio

One of the Houston area’s most sought after harp teachers, Ms. Cowan teaches students of all ages and experience levels.  Her students have performed all over Houston, bringing their music to local churches, hospitals, and nursing homes.  Her school age students often play in region orchestras, the TMEA All-State orchestra, and receive top ratings in solo and ensemble competitions.  Ms. Cowan strives to create a supportive and nurturing learning environment where her students can grow and achieve their personal goals.

Training and Experience

  • Bachelor of Music from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, studied with Paula Page
  • Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studied with Paula Page
  • Faculty at the Houston Summer Harp Festival since 2013
  • Harp Coach for the Houston Youth Symphony
  • Private lessons teacher for the Alief School District (Elsik High School and Kerr High School)
  • Regular clinician and harp ensemble director for Sartartia Middle School (Fort Bend ISD)
  • Clinician and judge for school districts across the greater Houston area

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching harp is a very important part of my career.  I love helping other people learn to play harp and create music.  My goal for my students is that they develop a solid technical foundation, expressive musicality, and the ability to share their love of music with others.  I also want my students to experience the satisfaction that comes from achieving their goals through consistent and disciplined practice.  I teach students of all ages, and tailor my lessons to fit each individual’s personality, goals, and needs.

Getting Started

I currently teach in two locations: my home in Katy, TX and through the preparatory school at the University of St. Thomas located in the Montrose district of Houston.  My teaching days and hours vary depending on student needs and availability. I offer a free consultation lesson for new students so that we can get to know each other before making any financial or time commitments.  Please contact me to schedule your trial lesson and discuss possible lesson times and rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to bring my own harp to lessons? Usually students play on my harp (a concert grand) for their lessons.  If you feel more comfortable on your own instrument you are of course welcome to bring it.
  • How much will I need to practice? Frequency of practicing is more important than duration, especially at the beginning.  I recommend 20-30 min 5-6 days a week for beginners.  Your practice sessions will grow longer as your stamina grows and your music becomes more complicated.
  • What kind of technique do you teach? I am trained in, and teach, using the Salzedo technique.  This is a method of harp playing founded by the great French/American harpist Carlos Salzedo and passed down teacher to student.  It focuses on developing a beautiful, consistent sound from the first notes, a solid understanding of rhythm, and a relaxed and visually aesthetic approach to playing the harp.
  • What should I bring to my lesson? You should bring any music you are working on, a notebook, pencil, metronome, and tuner.  You should also make sure your fingernails are trimmed short.  Sadly, no manicures for harpists.
  • Will I have performance opportunities? Yes! For school age students I organize at least one recital a year.  Additionally, I frequently set up outreach performance opportunities in local nursing homes, hospitals, and churches.  These performances not only help you gain performance practice and confidence but also help bring music to our community.  I can also provide information for local and national competitions, summer camps, and youth orchestras for interested students.

Please contact me to set up a consultation lesson, find out more about my teaching, or even if you just have questions about learning the harp.