We asked harpists to tell us what lesson has stuck with them. From generosity to rhythm, we received a wide range of unique answers. What gives these lessons staying power in a student’s eyes, though, is seeing its value played out time and time again in their own lives.
“I learned from my teacher Karen Gottlieb not to be selfish about your career, no matter how hard you’ve worked or how brilliant a musician you are. Teaching and working professionally should be acts of generosity; never withhold an opportunity from another person for your own interest. If you’re a great harpist, help your student be even greater. In an often cut-throat world, treating everyone with kindness will actually give you better returns than being a diva.” —Emilie Whitman, Bellingham, Wash.
What is the best thing you learned from your teacher? Pass on your own teacher’s words of wisdom in the comments section!