Molly O'Roark| Harpist|Teacher|Composer|
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
-William Arthur Ward
Harp Pedagogy is a dedicated passion for me, and the art of teaching is an ever-evolving process. As a teacher, my main goal is to inspire creativity and energize my students to become thoughtful and dynamic musicians. As a harpist, I believe a firm foundation in healthy harp technique that is tailored to each individual hand/finger-shape is key to productive harp learning and physical progress, as well as, incorporating music theory knowledge into to early note-reading acquisition which helps to build skills of greater musical understanding and memory stamina.
I believe in the importance of finding works that can be enjoyable for the student while also encouraging their musical and technical education. I love using metaphors and stories when I teach—a technique particularly effective for younger learners. I highly encourage the idea of “performance” over “perfection.” Making a mistake is inevitable and temporary, but connecting with an audience and communicating a feeling through music is achievable and long-lasting.
Teaching Experience Highlights
~Full-Time Harp Instructor- Urban Youth Harp Ensemble 2017-current
-Instructs daily harp classes 6th-12th grades
~Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 2014-2017
-Taught private lessons to elective students
-Taught weekly "Orchestra Repertoire" class to harp majors
~Advanced Harp Pedagogy Class, University of Illinois: 2013-2014
~Beginning-Intermediate Harp Pedagogy Class, Eastman School of Music: 2011-2012