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Three Month Course

A Three (Trimester) Month course with Janet Harbison is guaranteed to jetison your harping to a high level!  

As Dr Harbison has been appointed 'Visiting Professor' at the University of Ulster starting in September 2016, please register your interest in taking this course as we are planning a full new programme to be launched shortly....

Our trimester course is entirely designed to your needs, interests and aspirations.  Either in advance or on the first days, your course will be designed for you.  This can evolve over the trimester but you have the choice of working to a high, medium or low level of intensity and supplement your stay with enjoying a broad cultural experience of Ireland with excursions and adventures farther afield (organised separately for you). 

The Course Fee includes all your tuition, mentoring, working materials and examination fees (should you undertake them!).  Self Catering Accommodation is offered at the Harp Centre at €450 per month (max of 3 live-in students) or you may choose to be accommodated locally or an apartment at the Caslteoaks Hotel.  Your course fee also includes some catering such as at our ‘house lunches’ on Thursdays and ‘end of course Saturdays’  which should number about 6 in your trimester.  

Your coursework can feature:

Performance Training:

  • Training in stage-craft (solo and/or ensemble), with the opportunity for solo performance in concert
  • Repertoire Expansion in the Arts of Harping
  • Creative Musicianship in arrangement, accompaniment and improvisation
  • Membership of the National Harp Orchestra (and concert performance)
  • Touring with the National Harp Orchestra to France (on exchange with the Bordeaux Conservatoire)*
  • Fleadh, Feis and Festival competition preparation (if desired)
  • Entertainer Training (background music)
  • Teacher Training (if appropriate)
  • Wedding Musicianship (if required)
  • Palliative Harp Therapy (if required)

Music in the Community:

  • Session Participation
  • Music in Church


  • Teaching in practise
  • Orchestra in rehearsal
  • The working of the College


  • Levels examination and certification
  • Teacher certification (at the different levels) and qualification

Business  and Personal:

  • Personal Development
  • Team Training
  • Leadership Skills
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Career Coaching

What you will achieve:

  • Progression of performance skills to professional level (depending on your starting point and level of dedication)
  • The potential to establish yourself with the Irish Harp College in its growing worldwide network of teaching professionals and centres
  • You will also have the opportunity to consider if you wish to continue your training with the full year’s Apprenticeship Programme

A typical week would comprise:

  • Daily Technical Sessions
  • Individual classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (or as scheduled) with Janet
  • Practice, consolidation and collaboration with other students
  • House Lunch on Thursdays
  • Noon Lectures on pertinent topic (3 days a week)
  • Teacher training as appropriate
  • A number of Saturdays will feature workshops and Harp Orchestra rehearsals (and possibly concerts).  The remaining weekends are free, and the invitation to participate in the music at the Sunday Harp Mass (RC) always stands.
  • Evenings offer a wide range of entertainment, including the following; Set Dancing, Entertainers Workshop, Folk/Trad Sessions at local pubs, Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle*, Session Night for advanced players at the Irish Harp Centre, Dinner and concert*.
  • Additional activities include: Trips to Limerick City* (including visits to St Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Hunt Museum)*, Adare Village* (Ireland’s best preserved medieval town) and the beautiful town of Killaloe* (home of Brian Boru).

If you have any queries regarding this course, please email us at or call us on +353 61 372777.  click here.