“My desire to learn how to play the harp came later in life. Choosing Michelle as my harp teacher was one of the best decisions I have made. She immediately recognized that I need lessons structured differently from her students who have professional aspirations. I feel really special having the one-on-one lessons designed just for me…I have been learning a lot and having fun!” –Susan S, Student
“I would like to recommend my harp teacher, Michelle Sell, to beginning, intermediate and advanced harp students. Ms. Sell is an experienced professional harpist as well as a composer and a recording artist. Her teaching skills include: kindness, patience, technical expertise, theoretical knowledge and musicality. Like all good teachers, Ms. Sell tailors her teaching to fit each individual student’s needs. I find Ms. Sell to be an exacting and compassionate teacher, capable of bringing out the best of my abilities as a harp player.” –Terry L, Student
“One of my great joys is teaching harp to children.” — Michelle Sell
Learning to Play the Harp
Michelle Sell has been a harp teacher for more than twenty years. Her students range from age 6 through adult; from beginners to advanced. She is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as having served on their faculty. Michelle welcomes anyone’s interest in any area of harp study, whether it be classical, pop, jazz, or composition.
Playing the harp is one of those things that many people dream of doing. Taking weekly or biweekly lessons is very affordable. If you would like to take lessons and/or have a harp with which to practice in your own home, Michelle can arrange your rental for you. Michelle teaches in her studio, but if you wish harp lessons in your own home or studio, that can be arranged, too.
In the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Michelle has taught and mentored students from: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and the Wine Country Counties of Napa and Sonoma. More specifically, some of the cities and towns in which she has taught are the following: Woodside, Walnut Creek, Vallejo, Sunol, Sunnyvale, St. Helena, South San Francisco, Saratoga, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Rafael, San Jose, San Bruno, Redwood City, Pittsburg, Pinole, Petaluma, Palo Alto, Oakland, Novato, Napa, Mountain View, Monterey, Menlo Park, Marin, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Healdsburg, Hayward, Half Moon Bay, Guerneville, Geyserville, Fremont, Dublin, Danville, Daly City, Concord, Carmel, Calistoga, Burlingame, Berkeley, Atherton, Antioch, and Alamo.
The harp is one of the most exciting instruments – if not the most exciting instrument – to learn to play. Immediately upon touching a single string, you will sense the vibration of a note in your fingertips, and when plucked, hear that note caressing your ear. Just wait until you can really play!
“Michelle is a wonderful music teacher. She had been teaching our son for only about six months, and he has already come so much farther with her than he did with any other music teacher. She evaluates his mental state from the moment the lesson starts, and adjusts the lesson for the day accordingly, not just barging through some pre-planned curriculum. To me, music lessons are an investment that will stay with the person for their whole life, and needless to say having THE BEST instruction is a major priority. Michelle is by far the most attentive, creative, competent teacher that I have met, I HIGHLY recommend her for music students of any age. My son can attest to the above, as he is normally a very shy and introverted person, he feels very comfortable with Michelle and looks forward to his lessons. How often is that? A child looking forward to music lessons! Priceless!” — Lilly F., Beverly Hills, CA, yelp
“WOW!!! Michelle is an unbelievably talented harpist, teacher, and composer. Five minutes with her in a harp lesson is worth every month that I spent with my last three music coaches. I met Michelle when she played for my mother’s memorial service last year. Her KINDNESS and sensitivity around such a delicate time not only emanated from her, as a person, but also imbued all of the musical choices that she suggested for the service. After the end of last year, I contacted Michelle to begin harp lessons with her and let’s just say, she is a MASTER at her craft. I had studied with other teachers, that I could have chosen to play for my mom’s service, but even though I just heard Michelle’s music samples online, I knew that I didn’t want my previous teachers to play the service, I wanted Michelle. Words really can’t describe how much joy her talent has brought to my life.” — Martin C., Marin County, CA, yelp
“Michelle is a great harp teacher! From beginner to artist she shares her love of music and mastery of the harp. She has the patience of an angel and intuitive understanding needed to guide her harp students through the technical challenges of the harp. Her classical conservatory training,dazzling orchestra and solo performances, compositions and recordings, qualify her as the premier teacher of all harp students. In a serene and quiet teaching environment she always teaches her students with good cheer and humor.” — Jacqueline A., San Anselmo, CA, yelp
Contact Michelle for more information and to begin the realization of your dream of learning to play the harp.