Jacobs Harp Academy

Academy faculty

Elzbieta Szmyt, a native of Poland, is Professor of Music and Chair of the Harp Department at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has performed numerous recitals and taught master classes in North America, Europe and Asia. Szmyt holds graduate degrees from the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw University and Indiana University.

Fan-Fen Tai, a native of Taiwan, is an adjunct faculty at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She holds degrees from Indiana University (D.M), the University of Arizona and Taipei National University of Arts.  Tai has won numerous competitions and is avid chamber musician who formed the harp and violin duo, BloomingDuo.

For more information, please contact Elzbieta Szmyt at eszmyt@iu.edu or Fan-Fen Tai at ftai@indiana.edu


Important program information
DatesProgram information
August 29 Pre-College Harp, classes start 
September 5 Adult Harp Program, classes start
October 14–16 Fall Break, no classes
October 30 Halloween Concert • 1 PM | Ford Hall 
November 20–27 Thanksgiving Break, no classes
December 4 Adult Harp Program, classes end
December 11

Pre-College Harp, classes end; 

Christmas Concert • 2 PM | Auer Hall

Pre-College Harp

Monday, August 29 – Sunday, December 11, 2022

Designed for students between the ages of 6 and 8; students will have the opportunity to take harp lessons from the harp faculty at the Jacobs School of Music. No musical experience is necessary, although 1 to 2 years of piano in addition to a sense of humor is helpful. An interview is required before beginning classes. Harp students receive one private lesson each week, participate in weekly master classes, have opportunity to play in harp ensemble, and perform in a class recital at the end of each semester. Students will have the option of taking lessons virtually and in person. For more information regarding Pre-College Harp lessons, please contact Elzbieta Szmyt at eszmyt@iu.edu or Fan-Fen Tai at ftai@iu.edu.

  • Tuition (incl. Non-Refundable Registration Fee) - $855 
  • Harp Ensemble (6 rehearsals) - $120

Adult Harp Lessons

Monday, September 5 – Sunday, December 4, 2022 

Students of any age or musical experience are invited to register for the Adult Harp Academy. Adult Harp students receive a weekly 1-hour private lesson, participate in group masterclasses and harp ensemble. Students will have the option of taking lessons virtually and in-person. For more information regarding the Adult Harp Program, please contact Fan-Fen Tai (ftai@iu.edu). 

  • Tuition (incl. Non-Refundable Registration Fee) - $915

How to apply

  1. Applications Process: To apply, please complete the online registration form. No auditions are required for enrollment. Those interested in Pre-College Harp must schedule an interview prior to enrolling. Please contact Elzbieta Szmyt and Fan-Fen Tai. 
  2. Payment: Accepting payment via credit card or check. Please do not send checks or any other forms of payment to the Office of Jacobs Academy. Payment due no later than September 5, 2022 for Pre-College Harp; September 12, 2022 for Adult Harp Lessons.

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