Lesl Harker

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About Me

Lesl Harker teaches and plays the Irish flute and tin whistle. Lesl serves as a master for the NJ and Pennsylvania State Arts Councils' folk arts Apprenticeship programs, and teaches Irish flute privately in Union County, NJ.

She specializes in the fluid old-style music of East County Galway. Drawing from a long apprenticeship to the late Galway flutist and National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty, she has also published two award-winning Rafferty tune books for use by students, teachers and Irish music enthusiasts.

Lesl was featured in the "Passing it On" magazine from the NJ State Arts Council. Read it here:
https://www.nj.gov/state/njsca/dos_njsca_passing-it-on-2018-0126.html

Teaching Style

I teach using the easy Irish traditional method, by ear. What happens in a lesson:

You will learn a tune in small segments, bit by bit, until we can play the entire tune together. In a virtual online lesson, there is a time lag so we will only play small sections together slowly.

We address individual technique and questions. You learn at your own pace.
I will also record the tune slowly for you to use for practice. If you need notation for the tune, it is available but not necessary. You may surprise yourself with how quickly you will pick up the tune in this way, and the more you do it, the easier it gets. It's an easy skill!

Available By

  • Zoom
  • FaceTime
  • Skype

Payments Accepted

  • PayPal

Link to Additional Work

Some Supplies You Might Need

Your flute or whistle, water, a recording device you know how to operate, a notepad to write down things you need to remember.


*TRAIN is a free service offered by the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, which receives no proceeds from instruction. Our mission is to connect artists directly with students, and all instructional arrangements and financial agreements are made exclusively between the artists and the students. The Virginia Folklife Program does not assume responsibility or liability for these arrangements.

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