Private pedal and Celtic harp lessons are available for $40 per hour and are once a week. All ages accepted. There are a select number of rental that may be available if you are a beginner. The cost of rental varies depending on the size of the harp rented. Most rentals are Celtic harps from 26-34 strings. There is a 3 month minimum rental period for any harp.
The best part about playing a musical instrument is being able to share it with other people. Whether I am performing or teaching I enjoy the experience of watching the love of music grow with each person. Each student has something to offer. We can all benefit from learning something new or expanding out knowledge.
Phyllis holds Master and Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Phyllis is currently the harp instructor at Tennessee State University as well as in her own private studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
She is a former member of the famous Mantovani Orchestra. Phyllis has worked as both a solo artist and accompanist for many notable artists such as Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, CeCe Winans, Donna Summer, Dennis DeYoung, Trey Anastasio and Kip Winger, just to name a few. Her recordings have received airplay on radio stations around the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, and Asia. She currently plays with Orchestra Nashville and records with the Nashville String Machine. She has performed on numerous studio recordings, movie soundtracks and in concert performances for a variety of gospel, pop, and classical artists. Phyllis is featured on Celtic harp in the major movie release "Soul Surfer" on a song titled "Fire Within" featuring Bethany Hamilton. She performed with the orchestra on the CMA Christmas Special 2012 which aired on the ABC Network. Her TPAC performances include The Producers, Camelot, Dream, The King & I, South Pacific, and Christmas Carol. Ms. Sparks played with the Nashville Symphony on their East Coast Carnegie Hall Tour and for the Amy Grant Christmas Tour in 2001. She is currently President of the Nashville Harp Society, American Harp Society Nashville Chapter. Ms Sparks is also the Southern Regional Director of the American Harp Society. Voyager Records releases by Phyllis Taylor Sparks are: Harp Horizons, Accents For Solo Harp, Celtic Harp Sparks!, Harp For Christmas, I Remember You, and Heart Strings.