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Mission: Harp

Building the next generation of harpists

The harp -  a truly magnificent instrument to behold. On its own, it conjures up visions of the hands of angels and kings strumming its many strings. But together with the skill of a passionate harpist, this instrument not only comes to life: it breathes life. Of the many and various forms of music, the harp is known to have a reach that is deeper and more spiritual. This heavenly instrument has been touching hearts and healing souls since the ancient times. The harp has been known as an effective tool not just in orchestras, but in music therapy as well. It has been a soothing sound not only in concerts, but at cancer wards and Alzheimer clinics too.

Our passion is to make wonderful music with the harp, make the instrument more accessible to everyone, and raise up a new generation of harpists who love to make music and share that music to the rest of the world.

Built with relentless perseverance and hard work.

Our journey started with no harps. Just the passion, dogged determination, grit, and grace that got us travelling tens of thousands of miles in search of like-minded and excellent harpists to learn from and make music with.

JoAnn Cerdenia with Philippine pioneer harpist Lourdes de Leon-Gregorio
Teacher Joann Cerdenia with Mrs. Lourdes de Leon-Gregorio, the first harp teacher in the Philippines.

Harpists are rare and few in-between. In the Philippines, harpists are literally rarer than diamonds; with only a few handfuls in the entire land. This makes the harp a prized instrument to learn and to own. Our goal is not just to produce the next generation of harpists that will perform in orchestras and concerts, but also to raise a generation of harpists that will touch people's souls. From grand music arenas, halls of government, sprawling companies, and soaring cathedrals to hospital wards, senior homes, hospice facilities, and small churches: This next generation of harpists will be brought up in a culture and environment that encourages rather than criticizes, empowers and not degrades. Nurturing a love for the music and the instrument that would eventually channel the music of Heaven here on Earth.

Excalibur harp
A harp
can be
as powerful
as a sword
- in the
right
hands.
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Mission

To serve God and the community through quality harp music and education.

Vision

​To empower and inspire harp enthusiasts both young and old to reach their full potential in learning and playing the instrument through well-planned lessons, assistance in deep and effective practice methods, and providing performing opportunities and venues.

Core Values

Respect
in the Uniqueness of
Each Individual

We value individuality and we work according to a person's background, goals and learning abilities.

Consistency
& Diligence

We believe that time is a very essential element in learning the instrument with joy.  The more an individual spends time with something, the more he or she discovers about it.

Growth
over Perfection

We celebrate every step of progress and aim for excellence but above all we nurture the love for the music. A musician of good character is better than a perfect performer.

Hear from our students

Joanne

There is a wise adage that goes: "The Teacher appears when the student is ready." As I entered the round doors of HarpRoom and met my harp teacher for the first time, I knew I was way beyond ready to be a harp student. HarpRoom’s experience, knowledge and skills in music and harp are exceptional. Evenmore so, their commitment to share the joy and techniques of the classical harp to Filipinos is admirable. They patiently teach me how to improve my sight reading of music and introduce me to many useful harp practice methods. I learn counting notes and am slowly getting used to playing with an annoying metronome harping beside me. They put emphasis on proper hand placement, full coordination when playing the harp, and cultivating focus when performing harp music. At my age, all these are quite uphill endeavors for me. But with the guidance and teaching at the HarpRoom, I value every lesson in playing the harp.

Learning the harp at the HarpRoom is God's answered prayer for me.

- Joanne Barriga Quintana

Consultant, Asian Development Bank

Jan

There aren’t very many Harp schools in the Philippines. Even so, HarpRoom is able to stand out with their expertise, incredible talent, dedication, and love for the instrument. They push you to do your best, broaden your horizons and expand your comfort zone, all the while showing patience and kindness. They not only teach you technical details, but also the emotions and feelings needed to bring a song to life.

My teacher is a great mentor and an inspirational harpist. Without her and HarpRoom, I would not be the instrumentalist I am today. I am incredibly thankful to have them.

- Jan Ylanan


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