The Harp Studio at 
The Crane School of Music
Welcome to the Harp Department at the Crane School of Music. Degrees offered include the B.M. and M.M. in Harp Performance, as well as the B.M. in Music Education, Music Business, and Musical Studies with harp as the principal instrument. Admission to the program is via audition and interview. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and talent.

All music degrees include weekly private study and Major Class with Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, Associate Professor of Harp and Music Theory. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to perform with the Crane Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Latin Ensemble and numerous chamber music groups including the Crane Harp Ensemble.

In harmony with the mission of The Crane School of Music, Dr. Suchy-Pilalis' teaching philosophy stresses a balance of pedagogy and performance. Each harp student is encouraged to explore his/her artistic potential via venues that include performances, auditions and competitions.


Harp pedagogy is a vital part of the curriculum.   Undergraduates and graduates may be assigned to work with beginning students of varying ages.  This happens in several venues such as the course, Instrumental Repertoire and Pedagogy, and the  harp pedagogy program that is part of the National String Project.

Career mentoring is an important feature of our programs. Graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees, to teach at the K-12 level, and to perform with orchestras.

Harpists may bring their own harps or use one of the school instruments. On-campus practice facilities include a dedicated harp studio and two harp/organ studios for private and school harps, as well as adjacent practice rooms. Training in basic harp repair and maintenance, including felting and regulation, is included as part of the curriculum.

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Student playing the harp