Circle of 5ths for the Harp 2.0 with Monica Schley
What you'll learn
- In this workshop, you will learn how to better understand the Circle of 5ths. What is it? How can I apply this music theory to playing harp? We will: - Review basic hand shapes and technique at the harp - Look at a PDF of the Circle of 5th - Play exercises for better understanding the order of the Circle of 5ths - Practice chordal arpeggios - Learn a song with the melody of the Circle of 5ths - Understand how "Fly Me to the Moon" uses the Circle of 5ths
- Music Theory, Circle of 5ths, Harp Instruction
- This is a 2.0 advanced beginner / intermediate class with basic knowledge of the harp required. Reading music is a big plus.
- Have taken some beginner harp lessons, being able to read sheet music a plus
In this course, Circles of 5ths 2.0, we will learn what the Circle of 5ths is and how to apply it to playing the harp. By the end of the course, you will be able to see how it applies to chord progressions and melodic structure.
Handout resources include a beautifully designed infographic of the Circle of 5ths created just for this course, a three-finger exercise, a four-finger exercise, an etude called Corinthian Bells, and a harp arrangement of jazz standard Fly Me to the Moon (in easy and intermediate levels).
This course is for you if you are new to the harp, are returning to the harp, are interested in learning theory, want to learn a jazz standards or want to learn specifically about the Circle of 5ths.
Certified Clinical Musician, Monica Schley, has a BA from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has formally studied, harp, piano, clarinet, pipe organ, voice, composition, and poetry. She has been playing harp for 25 years. As a teacher, she is an affiliate with Dusty Strings Music School and also maintains a private studio. As a performer, Monica has played with indie rockers, jazz luminaries and pop stars. Her performance history is a blend of yin and yang, ranging from the intimate sublime to large-scale performance halls around the country. She composes for her group The Daphnes, which released an album, Braids of Kabuya, in 2018. Monica’s teaching method draws from folk, classical, songwriting, theory, ensemble work, improvisation and pop music using a Salzedo-influenced method. She thinks that everyone’s learning process is a little bit unique, just like the harp.
Who this course is for:
- This class is for anyone who wants to have the Circle of 5ths de-mystified and learn how to apply it to your learning and playing of music.
- Beginner harp students wanting, advanced beginners who want to dig deeper into music theory, intermediate students ready to learn a jazz standard
Monica Schley is a harpist, songwriter, singer, poet and band leader of Seattle band, The Daphnes. She’s played harp for more than twenty-five years and enjoys playing a wide range of music including folk, classical, Celtic, jazz, chamber, improvisational, avant-garde, rock, singer/songwriter, new age, and various ethnic genres. Monica is a Certified Clinical Musician working in hospice care.
She teaches beginners through intermediate harp students. Her musical method draws from folk, classical, songwriting, theory, ensemble work, deep listening, improvisation, and pop music using a Salzedo-influenced method. She thinks that everyone’s learning process is a little bit unique, just like the harp!
“I see myself as a musician who happens to play the harp, not being a harpist exclusively. It is from that approach that I tap into the great mystery that is music. I believe teachers can learn from students just as much as students learn from the teacher. I welcome students of all backgrounds.” – Monica Schley