About Harp Lessons
The Frederick String Initiative is based in the heart of the Frederick, Maryland community and is an inclusive and grassroots program. The goal at FSI is to set an educational standard, offer personalized instruction, and help each individual reach their potential. Harp students range in age from 7 to adult. Some students may be on a professional track. Many simply benefit from the important life journey string study offers. The first year of instrument study is the most important and there is no easy substitute for specialized, professional instruction. Establishing a foundation and reaching a standard on a stringed instrument is challenging. However, with dedication and practice it is accessible to everyone. Each student's journey will be unique. FSI holds two solo student recitals each year in the Frederick community.
Students can sign up for the Frederick Harp Ensemble. Ensemble performances occur during the solo recitals. Students interested in lessons should read over the tuition and studio policies and contact us for a trial lesson. Mrs. Stapp has students from across the Maryland region including Gaithersburg, Leesburg and Loudoun County, Mt. Airy, and Damascus. Mrs. Stapp has two pedal harps and a smaller lever harp in her studio, so students do not need to bring their harps to their lessons. New students should inquire about economical options for renting or purchasing a harp.
“Teaching to the needs of the individual
while setting a high standard”
Approach and Study
Mrs. Walschot - Stapp grew up with the French style of playing (H. Renie, Grandjany) but does not limit her insight to one method. She has over 20 years teaching experience. Astrid delights in her student’s accomplishments. They have been members of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, and The American Youth Harp Ensemble. They have performed at the White House, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Strathmore Hall. Some of her students have gone on to pursue careers in music at schools and Festivals such as Tanglewood, Indiana University, The Eastman School of Music, Boston University, Duke, and the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysbury College. Astrid has also worked with students who have dyslexia and learning disabilities.