Teaching Harp

I believe profoundly in the art of teaching and the importance of the relationship between the teacher and student. This relationship is a reflection of how we interact in the world and how we grow as individuals and assimilate knowledge, not just in our chosen art form but also in the collective consciousness of humanity. It is important that we continue to learn throughout our lives, expanding our own knowledge so that we can share it with others along the way. This can be the Ultimate purpose.” — KERSTIN ALLVIN

Kerstin began teaching private harp lessons while she was pursuing her Masters Degree in Harp Performance at the University of Michigan. Starting with first year students, she quickly discovered her love of teaching and began to expand her studio to include high school and college age students as well as the continuing ed. or beginning adult. In other words, all students who are willing to learn with an open heart are accepted into her studio.

Kerstin comes from a rich scholarly tradition in her family. Her father was a music educator, receiving his Doctorate in Music from Stanford University and teaching in the university throughout his life. Her husband is also a music professor with a PHD, teaching music theory and composition in the university setting. Her sister in law and closest cousins are all university or public school teachers as well.

My life plan was not necessarily to be a teacher. I wanted to perform and record, all of which has happened, but I was surprised as the desire to teach and communicate with students grew and became a natural extension of performance. I felt I must give back all the amazing experience that my teachers and family have passed on to me. Life is what happens when you’re not looking! — KERSTIN ALLVIN

She maintains a burgeoning harp studio at Oakland University as an adjunct faculty member working with students in the degree programs as well as in the Oakland University Preparatory Division, (students from 8-18 and adults). She also teaches harp at the Cranbrook Educational Community and teaches privately from her home studio as well.

In an effort to help her students to more fully realize their own natural creative abilities Kerstin studies and practices yoga, incorporating its philosophy into her teachings. She not only teaches yoga posture classes but also teaches workshops in breathing techniques, body awareness and meditation geared to all creative artists. She received her RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certification from National Yoga Alliance and continues to work towards additional yoga certifications. She currently teaches yoga at Karma Yoga, Bloomfield Hills and the Oakland University Recreation Center in Rochester.