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, contact Elzbieta Szmyt at eszmyt@iu.edu; or Fan-Fen Tai at ftai@indiana.edu


Spring semester
January 16Registration and payment due; Pre-college & Adult harp, classes begin
March 12-19Spring Break, no classes
April 28Adult Harp, classes conclude
May 5Pre-College Harp, classes conclude
May 6Spring harp recital, 2PM (Auer Hall)

Adult harp lessons

Dates: January 16 - April 28, 2023

Eligibility: Students of any age or musical experience are welcome. 

Offerings: Receive one private lesson per week and participate in group masterclasses.

Format: In-person or virtual

Contact: Fan-Fen Tai (ftai@iu.edu)

  • Tuition (incl. Non-Refundable Registration Fee - $15) - $915

How to apply

  1. Application process: To apply, complete the online registration. Those interested in Pre-College Harp must schedule an interview prior to enrolling. 
  2. Instrument rental: A limited number of rental harps are available at Vanderbilt Music Company.
  3. 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. 

Register for Pre-college harp

Register for Adult harp

Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form