Watch Intro Video

Launch Advert

  • LEARN

    Learn new tunes from weekly lesson videos. Pick the level that is right for you from beginner, intermediate and advanced. You have access to all content so can take on tougher arrangements when you are ready. All other Harp Scotland content is directly linked to the tunes you learn.

  • DEVELOP

    Improve your technique and nurture healthy practice using the weekly warm-up videos. With 'gentle' and 'deeper' warm-up exercises included every week, you will always find something to help you play the tunes and progress as a player in general.

  • GET INSPIRED

    Grow confidence and play more harp as you hear your sound improving, expand your repertoire, and have fun with the other harpers in the community. You will truly understand the background and history of the music from the weekly context videos.

Instructor

Heather Downie

Harp Tutor and Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2009 - WORLD TOP 3 FOR PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION (QS WORLD RANKINGS 2021).

Visiting Tutor, Workshop Facilitator & Researcher throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

International Performer. As well as playing all over the UK, Heather has recently played in Germany, France, Holland, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Canada and USA.

Solo Artist. You can hear her album "Nae Sweets for Shy Bairns" on all major streaming platforms, or buy the CD from her website.

BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist.

Qualifications -
First Class (Hons) BA in Scottish Music from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Postgraduate Diploma (with distinction) in Scottish Music Performance from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

What do students say?

5 star rating

Harp Scotland: everything you need for learning and enjoy...

Phyllis Duxbury

I've just entered my fourth month as a Harp Scotland subscriber and am enjoying it more and more! The content is comprehensive; of course there pieces to...

Read More

I've just entered my fourth month as a Harp Scotland subscriber and am enjoying it more and more! The content is comprehensive; of course there pieces to learn, but with them come important warmups and exercises that are geared to the technique needed to play to pieces with confidence and to invest in your basic skills. Unique to this course are entertaining "context" videos about the culture, history and geography related to the music, often with a stunning soundtrack of Heather's own recordings. There is really something for everyone here. Heather is a dedicated teacher and has worked hard to provide a course that allows "newbies" to dip gently into new techniques and more experienced harpers to improve technique and learn some very cool arrangements! Not only is she passionate about sharing the culture of her homeland, but clearly hopes to inspire harpists at any level to enjoy playing. Playing along with Heather in the videos, while hearing her good-natured instruction and explanations, and getting a chuckle from her bloopers and anecdotes, has pretty much removed the isolation of learning harp on my own! I highly recommend Harp Scotland. It is excellent value!

Read Less
5 star rating

Fabulous resource

Corrina Hewat

The course that Heather has created is really wonderful. This isn’t just a ‘learn some tunes’ course. She refers to the history of the music, the geography, ...

Read More

The course that Heather has created is really wonderful. This isn’t just a ‘learn some tunes’ course. She refers to the history of the music, the geography, the time it was written. The depth of work Heather has put into this really shows. Her passion, her knowledge and her ease of teaching, makes you feel welcome, able and supported throughout. I love the friendly and informative videos, well explained, carefully planned lessons which Heather excels at. I would recommend this course, not just to learners, but to everyone who wants to delve deeper, with expert hands guiding you through and making the very best of your harping. I am a professional harper and teacher, with a strong belief that we never stop learning. Heather’s course is a fun and stimulating way to keep the brain and the fingers working well!

Read Less
5 star rating

Folklore and Folk Harp Music

Mary Frank

I really appreciate the thoughtful details that go into Heather's instruction. She offers more than one way to approach the music and provides ways to grow i...

Read More

I really appreciate the thoughtful details that go into Heather's instruction. She offers more than one way to approach the music and provides ways to grow if you're willing to take the initiative. I love hearing about the folklore and the context for the song each week. Our community page is filled with our own anticipation about what happens next to each character in our song. Outstanding program overall!

Read Less
5 star rating

Wow!! - Super amazing Course!!

Tasha Burns

This course is so fabulous- couldn’t recommend it enough. I love finding out the wider context to Scotland’s folk songs. Perfect for anyone from beginners to...

Read More

This course is so fabulous- couldn’t recommend it enough. I love finding out the wider context to Scotland’s folk songs. Perfect for anyone from beginners to advanced!

Read Less
5 star rating

A program for every harpist

Rebecca Harrisson

I enjoy all of Heather's programs. She is an excellent teacher, a clear communicator and she's fun to work with. The videos are engaging and interesting to...

Read More

I enjoy all of Heather's programs. She is an excellent teacher, a clear communicator and she's fun to work with. The videos are engaging and interesting to watch. The tunes are broken down into easy steps at different levels and the platform makes it easy to move between the programs. I usually don't have enough time to completely learn the tunes as I'm just too busy with other pieces I'm arranging and working on. However, for me it's very worth my investment to enjoy the warm ups and watch the history videos. I just do what I can and have fun with it!

Read Less
5 star rating

Loving this course!

Debbie Winslow

This week has been so good. Heather, your tuition, using singing, then playing the right hand to help put the hands together has been so helpful. And Ainsl...

Read More

This week has been so good. Heather, your tuition, using singing, then playing the right hand to help put the hands together has been so helpful. And Ainsley's singing the tune has been for me really good. Apart from her lovely voice I found I know this tune and have heard it sung a lot over the years, definitely by Karen Mathison and possibly others. The other good thing for my learning style is that the introduction of the left hand really helps consolidate learning the tune. Thanks Heather, you're putting it together nicely for me. And I've found as I've progressed that it's best for me to learn the left hand starting with the beginner and working my way through. I not only learn the tune better but the left hand through the 3 levels is progressive which helps me to adapt as it becomes more complicate. Forgot to say before that the inversion exercise has been very help for me. As the course has progressed I'm picking up good techniques both to improve my fingering and to coordinate and remember the music using both hands. I'm now starting to develop my own techniques based on those being provided to suit my flagging memory. So far it seems to be working. The other thing I'm benefitting from is the amount of content as it forces me to be diligent in playing regularly as well as going into the technique bank. I appreciate how important consistency is in developing my play but not as strict as I should be in maintaining it. The style of this course is ideal for ensuring I keep with it and ringfence time to try to avoid getting too far behind.

Read Less
5 star rating

Fun Strathspey

Sue Richards

I've enjoyed playing Heather Jock very much. Love the snaps and the story, and the video of Scotland! I might have gotten the review stars backwards...? I...

Read More

I've enjoyed playing Heather Jock very much. Love the snaps and the story, and the video of Scotland! I might have gotten the review stars backwards...? I'd give it 5.

Read Less
5 star rating

Harp Scotland

Anne Philbrow

Harp Scotland is a brilliant course, with something for everyone. I am a beginner, but Heather includes material with different versions for beginner/interme...

Read More

Harp Scotland is a brilliant course, with something for everyone. I am a beginner, but Heather includes material with different versions for beginner/intermediate/advanced. This also means that pieces can be revisited at higher levels when you have improved. The course is organised into different sections, with new material added each week. There are different areas you can focus on - whether it's warm up material, technique, working on the tune, learning about the context - so you can plan your practice around this. There is also a Harp Community where you can post up questions or participate in discussion. Heather is excellent at breaking things down into manageable chunks and making learning less daunting. She gets right down to the nitty gritty of technique and teaches by ear (though sheet music is also provided). This is quite challenging for me, with a 'glued to the notes' background, but with Heather's excellent teaching, I am definitely improving. One aspect of the course I really enjoy is learning more about the context of the tunes - whether it's Puirt a Beul, Scottish scenery, learning about modes, tales of a local rascal, Scottish music collections or Heather's Mum's recipe for tablet - there is always something which adds to the interest of the piece. Heather is a wonderful teacher and works hard to make the course useful and enjoyable to all. She seeks feedback and will change a way of doing things if her students prefer. She also hosts regular Zoom sessions with participants to discuss any questions that arise. Heather has a very personal approach, her dogs also occasionally join in the fun. and you feel you have a friend to support you through your harp learning. It is a fantastic course, and I would highly recommend it to anyone (even if you don't play the harp - try it and you will want to)!

Read Less

If I subscribe to Harp Scotland what do I get?

All content is based on a theme which changes every two months.
The sheer amount of quality content provided for the price is unbeatable!

  • weekly lesson videos (20-60 mins) at three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced)

  • weekly warm-up videos (60-80 mins) covering technique and healthy practice

  • weekly context videos (5-20 mins) which cover the background and history of the tunes you are learning

  • access to a harp technique bank and harp basics section

  • access to a lively and supportive community forum

  • direct access to Heather via the community or email

  • group zoom session every two months

  • performance videos of all three arrangements + a final performance by Heather at the end of each theme

  • sheet music of all three arrangements, and for Heather's final version

  • extras including specialist collaborators, interviews, location visits, cooking videos, recipes, and more!

More info on video content...

  • LESSON VIDEOS

    The tunes are taught the traditional way - by ear. Sheet music is provided for all arrangements and levels to help those new to this way of learning. For the beginner, intermediate and advanced arrangements the lesson videos guide you through learning the tune from start to finish. All content is recorded and edited with professional equipment and software. The lesson content every week is between 20-60 minutes.

  • WARM-UP VIDEOS

    Each week you get a gentle warm-up video and a play through of all exercises covered to support your practice sessions. You also get a deeper warm-up video (and play through) linked to the gentle warm-up but faster paced and more challenging. The warm-up content every week is between 60-80 minutes.

  • CONTEXT VIDEOS

    The context videos cover the background and history of the theme, and the tune you are learning. The content is varied but includes documentary style information videos, lyric breakdowns, location visits, specialist interviews, related music clips, live performance videos, arrangement tips and techniques, etc. The context content every week is between 5-20 minutes.

Pricing

FREE ONE TO ONE LESSON WITH EVERY SIGN UP!!

STANDARD PACKAGE
Access to all content

QUARTERLY FEEDBACK
Standard package + personal feedback from Heather every three months

MONTHLY FEEDBACK
Standard package + personal feedback from Heather every month

100% Risk Free!

Cancel within 30 days and get a full refund.
30 Days.  100% Money Back Guarantee Gold Stamp.

FAQ

  • What level of playing is Harp Scotland aimed at?

    The content is suitable for all levels of playing. All tunes have beginner, intermediate and advanced arrangements. You have access to all arrangements so can learn what suits you.

  • How do the themes work?

    There is a new theme every two months. We mainly focus on Scotland and Scottish music, but also look at music from all over the world, and how it relates to Scottish music.

    The theme can be a person, a place, a type of tune, a feature of Scottish music, a Scottish tradition, etc.

    Examples of themes covered are so far are Scottish lullabies, strathspeys, Scottish food, and Kilbryde (the small rural area in Perthshire where Heather lives).

  • How long do I have access to the material?

    For as long as you are subscribed you will have continued access to all material from the date you began your subscription. This way you can revisit favourite videos over and over again.

    When they are ready, many students also go back to take on more advanced arrangements of tunes they have previously learned.

  • How much does it cost to sign up and is there a minimum sign up period? Do I really get a full refund if I cancel within 30 days?

    You only need to pay for the first month (£25) to start the subscription. There is no minimum sign-up period - you can cancel at any time.

    Cancel within 30 days and get a full refund of the £25 you paid for the first month. It won’t cost you a penny! Even if you have had the free sign up lesson! There are no tricks or hidden charges.

  • How do the zoom sessions work?

    Every two months Heather offers a live group zoom session. This is your opportunity to ask questions, play through previous repertoire, learn directly from her and other course participants, and perform for the other members of Harp Scotland (if you like – no pressure!) - plus they are really good fun!!

    All sessions are recorded and made available to subscribers if you can’t make it, or want to watch it back. You can also pre-submit questions if can't make the session.

  • How does the feedback work on the monthly and quarterly feedback packages?

    All you need to do is record a short video of around 10-15 mins and Heather will give you detailed feedback on your playing via a video message. This can be for tunes you have learned for Harp Scotland, or for any other material you may be working on.

  • I have a harp teacher already…will Harp Scotland still be useful to me?

    Yes! It can be used in collaboration with private lessons. You’ll still be able to learn tunes and their context, as well as pick up new warm-ups, tips and techniques.

    Most importantly, it will inspire you to play more harp, and enjoy the time you dedicate to your playing.

  • I don’t have a Harp Teacher…can I use Harp Scotland as my only source for learning the harp?

    Yes! There is new content every week so there is always something to work on. The different levels of arrangement also help and inspire you to develop as a player.

    Many students in this situation subscribe to one of the feedback packages to further support their learning. However, even without feedback it is suitable as the only source of harp learning due to the amount of varied high-quality structured content.

  • I have limited time and it sounds like a lot of content…do I need to do everything each week?

    No! Harp Scotland is designed to fit your needs.

    Some students focus on learning the tunes, some focus on the warm-ups, some love this context videos and community discussions, and some do a little bit of everything!

    Some months you may have more time and consume more content, some months you may be busy and not be able to play as much as you’d like. However, with Harp Scotland you will always have something there to interest, challenge or inspire you!

Watch Intro Video

Example Beginner Arrangement

'Baloo Baleerie' - Traditional Scottish Lullaby

Watch Intro Video

Example Intermediate Arrangement

'Baloo Baleerie' - Traditional Scottish Lullaby

Watch Intro Video

Example Advanced Arrangement

'Baloo Baleerie' - Traditional Scottish Lullaby

Still Unsure?

The best way to experience Harp Scotland is to try it out. We think you'll be amazed by the amount of content for the price.

Cancel within 30 days and get a full refund.

You'll still get the free sign-up lesson.

GO ON! GIVE IT A TRY!
30 Days.  100% Money Back Guarantee Gold Stamp.