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Francesca Barsby - Harp Teacher in Birmingham

Fran Barsby Harp Teacher (Coventry)

Fran Barsby Silver Member

  • Warwick (CV34) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 14 Apr 2017
  • Sex: Female

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  • Professional Qualification Birmingham Conservatoire 2015
  • Professional Qualification Trained in Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS Checked
  • Professional Membership Harp Teacher at Warwick Prep School, Kings High School and The Blue Coat School.
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Personal Message
I am a very enthusiastic teacher. No matter whether you are learning for fun or in order to pursue a career, I follow your personal aims. I teach in a variety of styles dependent on each students requirements.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Private tutor - ​Harp (lever and pedal), Piano, Vocal and Theory Tutor
Harp Teacher - Kings High Warwick, The Blue Coat School, Kimichi Independent Secondary School
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Tell me about your qualifications.
Degree from Birmingham Conservatoire - Specialism Harp
Fully trained in Safeguarding and Prevent.
DBS Checked

Grade 8 Harp
Grade 8 Music and Theory
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching privately for 8 years from beginners to experienced players. I have extensive experience in a variety of musical genres, particularly in Classical and Folk. I specialise in Pedal, Folk and Electric Harp. I have played with many Orchestras, Ensembles and Chamber groups in around Birmingham and West Sussex. With these groups I have toured around the British Isles and Europe. 
Previously I have enjoyed recording sound tracks for films, CDs with the International Harp Ensemble and most recently Charity Christmas CDs with my Flute and Harp Duo.
 I enjoy conducting masterclasses as a volunteer in Hospitals around Birmingham and Hospices around the south. I teach music theory and harp privately around Birmingham. Over the last 6 years I have also enjoyed playing harp music for Weddings, Charity Events, Christenings, Corporate Events, Funerals and Parties. 

How much do you charge?
£32 per hour or £30 for bulk bookings of 5 or more lessons.
£18 per 30 minutes or £15 for bulk bookings of 5 or more lessons.

Finding the teacher that is right for you is vital come and see me for a consultation lesson for just £20. (40mins)

Extra costs for travel may apply.
Where do you teach?
I am based in Warwick, Warwickshire.
I am able to travel to students homes however this depends on distance and availability. I am also available to teach in Acocks Green Birmingham at Kimichi Secondary School after 4pm for private lessons on various evenings during the week. I travel to Sutton Coldfield on a Wednesday.
When are you available?
I teach throughout the year on weekday evenings and weekends.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages and abilities.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Dependent on the student's needs I mainly teach towards ABRSM and Trinity Examinations.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have multiple DBS Certificates for a variety of environments, from schools to working with children in hospitals.
Where and with whom did you train?
Birmingham Conservatoire

Ann Hughes-Chamberlain
Luisa Marie-Cordell
Charlotte Searle
Gabriella Dall’Olio
Catherine White
Eleanor Turner
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a wide range of students all with varying aims and abilities. I am currently setting up performance opportunities for my students in the Warwick area.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning the harp is intensive work and helps develop not only your musicianship skill but your cognitive, maths, memory capacity, organisational skills, listening and many more. But most importantly it is fun! Music lessons are an hour of the week you can achieve and enjoy yourself. It is an amazing feeling being able to create emotions through music and not only make others around you happy but be happy with yourself. Every little step in music is a brilliant achievement and no matter what level you are you should give music a go. It is never too late to learn. The harp is a brilliant instrument as it is so versatile you can learn folk, classical, jazz, pop etc. It is also a fantastic way to learn harmony and ambidexterity. I am a teacher that helps you not only improve and learn but also guide you with the sorts of music that you will enjoy too.

I also offer support towards further education choices and help students achieve their goals regarding musical studies or alternative ambitions.