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Ms Zuzanna Olbrys
Ms Zuzanna Olbrys

Master of Music (distinction) - Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London
Bachelor of Music with pedagogical course - Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland
Instruments: Harp
Genre/Style(s): Classical to pop
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced
Memberships: (verified) Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


Students of all ages and abilities welcome!

Alongside my MMus and BMus qualifications, I was awarded a specialist teaching diploma from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. I taught harp at Fettes College, Radley College and St Edward's School. I also have experience in giving workshops and interactive concerts for children, such as for the LPO Funharmonic series. I also provided coaching for the Thames Youth Orchestra and regularly support students with their ensemble and orchestral training. For students willing to take exams, I offer preparation for ABRSM and Trinity exam.


Q: I have never played any musical instrument. Can I still learn to play the harp?
A: Yes! You can learn at any age and regardless of previous musical experience. We will learn the basics of music theory as we go along and progress at your own pace.

Q: What instrument will I need? Do I need to buy a harp?
A: You do not need to buy a harp when starting - in fact, I advise against it! I believe that you should try out an instrument before committing to a purchase - and for this, you will need some basic playing skills. Therefore I recommend hiring a harp when you start your lessons.
There are many harp manufacturers offering instruments for hire. The cost of monthly hire varies between £25 and £60 and most retailers offer deducting the costs of hiring a harp when you decide to buy a new one from them.
A 34 string lever harp is the most typical instrument on offer, and it can serve you for many months or even years!

Q: Do I have to bring a harp with me for a lesson?
A: No! I have both a clarsach (a smaller harp with levers) and a pedal harp which you are welcome to use during lessons at my studio. However, you will need your own instrument to practise on between the lessons to make sure you make a good progress.

Q: Where will the lessons take place?
A: At my home in Edinburgh (Slateford, EH11). For most satisfying progress I recommend attending the lessons in person, however online sessions are also possible.

Q: What days and times can you offer?
A: I teach from Monday to Friday between 2:00 and 8:00 pm.
Due to the large number of students with varying schedules and my own performing commitments I may not be able to offer you exactly the same day and time every week, but I will do my best to offer you a time that suits you. Please enquire if you have a specific day or time in mind.

Q: When is the good age for a child to start?
A: This mainly depends on your child's ability to focus and the kind of attention span they have. Children between 6 and 8 years old usually can focus for longer periods of time and enjoy their lessons, their fingers are also strong enough to play. At this stage, 30 mins lessons are usually most suitable. With younger children I suggest starting piano lessons first as an introduction to music, since this instrument also requires performing movements in both hands independently, yet is slightly less technically challenging.

For FREE resources on playing the harp, including advice on where to start and video lessons, visit:

Contact Zuzanna

Address: Lothian
Phone: 07933663743
Mobile: 07933663743
Fee (30 minutes): £25.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00

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